No better place to start a postcard tour of Ottawa than the centre of town. Here’s a postcard that shows how it was imagined that the centre of the city would look in 1913, when what I will call the Plaza Project was finished. I say “imagined”...
Our previous postcard showed what the Plaza was expected to be like in 1913. This one shows more of what it was actually like in the years 1905 to 1912, before the Plaza Project was completed. We have Sappers’ Bridge on the left, leading to Sparks Street....
Here’s the third stop on our postcard tour, where we can look at the Plaza from the Rideau canal, circa 1905, and get a different view of the physical configuration of the centre of town before the Chateau Laurier and Union Station were built. On the right we can see...
Looking down the Rideau Canal towards the Old Post Office sometime between 1904 and 1913. This postcard gives us a great look at the Old Post Office as it was rebuilt after a fire in February, 1904. People were as desperate to get their mail from the Post Office as we...
As with the Bird’s Eye view of the Plaza, the J. Valentine company was so eager to publish a postcard of Ottawa’s new central station in 1908 that it couldn’t wait for the real thing. So it used this drawing of what the station was supposed to look like when it was...
This is a tour of Ottawa, so you wouldn’t think we would be talking much about the ancient Romans. It was, however, quite common a century ago to think about the purpose of a building, search backwards in time for a building with a similar purpose, then borrow its...
Good old Honey Dew! Many a good conversation was had over a Honey Dew lunch or just coffee. I'm sure I'm in this picture somewhere Lol!
You are safe on your limb !! It is indeed a Ford Galaxie taxi !!!
Loved the Honey Dew!
Signage on the bank hadn't changed yet, though. The Bank of Commerce became the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in 1962.
So where the Honey Dew and Letellier is in the picture, all that was knocked down to create Colonel By Drive??
The taxi appears to be a ‘64 Ford Custom, a base model that most cab companies used. The Galaxie had fancier trim. I owned one of each years ago.
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Loved the Honey Dew!
1962. Three years after the last streetcar ran on Rideau in 1959. Four years later, the last train will pull out of Union Station in 1966, ending Ottawa’s Golden Age and starting the Dark Ages within which Ottawa still languishes.
Love seeing the ladies dressed with their hats for shopping. It was an event then, not just something to fill time. This time together was longed planned in advance I think.
The taxi is a ‘64 Galaxie.
Those were fantastic days....
here's a drawing of one of my favorite places in old ottawa...circa 1957...
Such a beautiful, clean and relaxing site. And the Honey Dew, where we would go to do homework LOLL after school (from LaSalle) - So many great hours spent there.
It looked exactly like that in 1961 when I started working at a law office right next door to the Honey Dew at 18 Rideau. It was a beautiful and simple era.
I worked in the Daly Building in 1957, and my wife worked at the "Honey Dew".
Wish I could take a time machine back and walk the streets to see the city then...
Freeman’s was the place we got malts. We would walk from my high school ( Rideau Convent) to a restaurant called “Delmar” after school sometimes.
So nice to see a photo of the Honey Dew. Many of us remember this place affectionately- I can still taste the wonderful juices.
I wonder why they tore all those buildings down?
Honey Dew Coffee ☕ Shop and Latelleir Leather - and the old MacKenzie street sign. Beautiful.
When people dressed up to go shopping..
Sparks and Rideau Streets were always bustling with shoppers on Thursday nights, Friday nights and Saturday before the Rideau Centre was built.