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...
Can’t believe they got a pic when they weren’t re-doing the roof
funny.. three months later I made my entrance into the world.. lol..
I was 9 and remember watching the coronation on my grandmother’s TV. It was the first thing I ever watched on TV. I didn’t know they had anything on Parliament Hill. I wonder if they will do the same when Charles or William become king.
I was 1 1/2 so I also missed it.
So was I ! Beautiful photo!
Why was her coronation held in Ottawa?
My daughter Nancy was born on this date and received a silver spoon from the governor-general on this occasion.
I was 9 and we watched it on TV at school. We didn't have a TV at home until I was 12.
Wow! A true celebration of the coronation. Was this event occurring while the event in London was taking place or long after the actual event occurred?
Holy smokes! Those are people!? I thought at first glance that it was a garden. It’s a garden of people!!
I was 9 years old and enthralled with the whole ceremony as I lived in Ottawa !!
What a fantastic sight
I was minus 4 at the time.
I was 1 so i missed it too
I think my Sister was there..Marion Smith right?
Why celebrate the mother of a Royal PEDOPHILE !!!!!!