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....
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...
Now that we’ve looked at Union Station, let’s turn our attention to the Chateau Laurier across the street. Here we have another one of those pictures of how things would look when they were finished in 1912, but drawn some years earlier. Like the other...
A doorman awaits the arrival of guests under the portico of the Chateau Laurier in a postcard dated to 1914, the end of what is often called the Long Nineteenth Century brought out by World War One. I really like this picture. The composition is so dramatic. It’s one...
This was the place to hang out growing up.. riding elevators with actual humans wearing white gloves.. tons of floors to chose from .. flashback beautiful flashbacks .. we were safe
Trudel Home Hardware in Kanata has everything! I have often gone to a big box store looking for things and they don't have what I'm after. Trudel's always has it.
I liked that the original Rideau Centre kept the original building. Loved going into the basement there. Many good finds in that store.
Loved going into that Ogilvies when it was in the old brick building. I can still hear the sound of the old wood floors and the smell in there was comforting.
I always seemed to find the items that I wanted at Olgilvy's. My mom and dad would send me shopping for each others gifts at Christmas, and I would head there first knowing that they had good quality items for a fair price.
They put a historical plaque for Ogilvy’s on the pedestrian section between Rideau and Nicholas on the recently renovated Rideau Centre
Tom's Grandfather worked at Ogilvy's as a Manager and raised eight kids.
When everyone went shopping on Thursday and Friday nights after work on Sparks Street and Rideau Street. The streets were bright, clean and you felt safe.
While still in high school I loved everything about working there in “The Salon” designer ladies fashion department in the late 70s.
It may have been a good place to shop or grab a milkshake, but what an ugly building LOL
Trudel's got around! Rideau, Dalhousie, Besserer & George ... but now gone 😕
Worked downtown late 60's, loved having lunch in the basement caf @ Ogilvy's.
That hardware store was the best, I'd go there after looking high & low for a specific piece of hardware and they would have it.
The cleanest washrooms downtown. And didn’t they have a merry-go-round?
I use to work there at Ogilvy's with my sister- inlaw Norma, nice store, my very first job. I was living with Norma and my brother Kenny on Notre Dame Street in my mom's house.
Wow - flash back memory!
Best memory: elevator operators in white gloves, and sales staff with order book
If I recall there was a huge portrait of Charles above the elevators on the main floor
Was the Rideau theatre to the right?
I love that building, I used to dream of transforming it into a performance space.
Where I got my wedding dress in 1976
I remember Ogilvy's and loblaws grocery and bata shoes