Lost Ottawa Facebook 2013

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Monday December 30th, 2013
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A well-to-do Ottawa family, c.1881.About 25 years ago I paid $5 for a red flocked velvet photo album of portraits of someone's friends and relatives that I found in a flea market down near Morrisburg. It was a present to a woman from her cousin and the gift album was dated 1881. The photos seem to be family and friends, but I have never been able to identify anyone by trying to linking the few full names names attached to the folks (most were cousin Mary, Aunt whatever -- to current Ottawa families with photos of kin from the 1880s. My original thought was to find a family for whom the album had some real meaning, but I was totally unsuccessful, which I guess helps explain why it was in a box of junk at a flea market to begin with. I will post three of the photos I found in the album, all taken by Ottawa based photography studios. ... See MoreSee Less

A well-to-do Ottawa family, c.1881.

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Monday December 30th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

If it's too cold outside, you could always have yourself photographed on a toboggan in the studio, like Percy and Arthur Onderdonk here, circa 1890.

Tobogganing was so popular in Ottawa at the time, it was thought worthy of a portrait by Topley.

(City of Vancouver AM54-S4-: Port P587.08)
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If its too cold outside, you could always have yourself photographed on a toboggan in the studio, like Percy and Arthur Onderdonk here, circa 1890.

Tobogganing was so popular in Ottawa at the time, it was thought worthy of a portrait by Topley. 

(City of Vancouver AM54-S4-: Port P587.08)
Monday December 30th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

Depression relief project wear from December of 1933.

The other day we mentioned that Ottawa had more than 20,000 people out of work in the Depression. A series of relief projects camps were set up for the unemployed otherwise homeless.

This is the clothing and kit you received when entering the camp at Rockcliffe Air Station. It would be about all you had in the world.

(PA-035183)
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Depression relief project wear from December of 1933.

The other day we mentioned that Ottawa had more than 20,000 people out of work in the Depression. A series of relief projects camps were set up for the unemployed otherwise homeless. 

This is the clothing and kit you received when entering the camp at Rockcliffe Air Station. It would be about all you had in the world.

(PA-035183)
Monday December 30th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

Your Morning Commute: Assuming you aren't still on holiday -- here is the junction of Wellington and Rideau at Sapper's Bridge, just before 1900. Some nice empty streets. Just a few Ottawa ghosts.

Shot from the Corrie Building, the picture shows the road down to the canal, as well as a driveway in Majors Hill Park, where the Chateau Laurier would be about 15 years later.

(LAC PA-013123)
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Your Morning Commute: Assuming you arent still on holiday -- here is the junction of Wellington and Rideau at Sappers Bridge, just before 1900. Some nice empty streets. Just a few Ottawa ghosts. 

Shot from the Corrie Building, the picture shows the road down to the canal, as well as a driveway in Majors Hill Park, where the Chateau Laurier would be about 15 years later.

(LAC PA-013123)
Sunday December 29th, 2013
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End of the day in Constance Bay, up the river and out the March Road.This is a scan of a post card of a view of the Ottawa River from Constance Bay. ... See MoreSee Less

End of the day in Constance Bay, up the river and out the March Road.

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Sunday December 29th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

Where are you going for New Year's Eve? How about going to see Ottawa fixture Jack McPartlin at the Beacon Arms on Albert. Rooms for the night only 15 bucks!

Jack McPartlin was one of Ottawa's most popular lounge musicians and comic presenter too. He died at age 62 in Year 2000.

And at the Fyfe and Drum -- Telemann. I'm finding it almost impossible to find information about this band apart from the fact that they seem to have been from Toronto.
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Where are you going for New Years Eve? How about going to see Ottawa fixture Jack McPartlin at the Beacon Arms on Albert. Rooms for the night only 15 bucks!

Jack McPartlin was one of Ottawas most popular lounge musicians and comic presenter too. He died at age 62 in Year 2000.

And at the Fyfe and Drum -- Telemann. Im finding it almost impossible to find information about this band apart from the fact that they seem to have been from Toronto.
Sunday December 29th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

Season's Greetings from an early Ottawa band.A Card from the Staccatos ... See MoreSee Less

Seasons Greetings from an early Ottawa band.

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Sunday December 29th, 2013
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More warming thoughts ...Another beach photo...this one is labelled, "Constance Beach" where there must have been lots of public beach and was quite the excursion from Ottawa in 1936! My father is the youngest in the photo and sits with his siblings and his mother. My uncle, with the hat, the one who still lives, is now 89. ... See MoreSee Less

More warming thoughts ...

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Sunday December 29th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

Sunday Drive: Just a little farther up the Ottawa from Norway Bay was another favorite getaway spot -- the Pine Lodge Resort in Bristol.

This family owned resort was opened in 1919 and is still there. The Lodge was apparently built in the 1920s, but there were also cabins and a campground.

This is one of those businesses the advent of the automobile made possible -- or at least successful. Getting out of town was one of the main selling points for early cars.
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Sunday Drive: Just a little farther up the Ottawa from Norway Bay was another favorite getaway spot -- the Pine Lodge Resort in Bristol.

This family owned resort was opened in 1919 and is still there. The Lodge was apparently built in the 1920s, but there were also cabins and a campground. 

This is one of those businesses the advent of the automobile made possible -- or at least successful. Getting out of town was one of the main selling points for early cars.Image attachment
Saturday December 28th, 2013
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Monsieur Saumure and his horse out and about around Ottawa, 1942This is my Father Jean-Paul Saumure with his horse Filou and Buggy in 1942 ..this was the only way of transportation . ... See MoreSee Less

Monsieur Saumure and his horse out and about around Ottawa, 1942

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Saturday December 28th, 2013
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Heading out for a Saturday Night and some awesome entertainment? In December of 1976, you could have checked out disco band Spectacle -- at least I guess that's their name -- at Ottawa's Embassy West Motor Hotel. Seven guys must have made a helluva show (even if it was disco).

Confess now.

(Ad from the Ottawa Citizen)
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Heading out for a Saturday Night and some awesome entertainment? In December of 1976, you could have checked out disco band Spectacle -- at least I guess thats their name -- at Ottawas Embassy West Motor Hotel. Seven guys must have made a helluva show (even if it was disco). 

Confess now. 

(Ad from the Ottawa Citizen)
Saturday December 28th, 2013
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Did someone mention Norway Bay, up the Ottawa River? Not the best picture, but here is the beach in what looks like the 20s.

Dig the swimsuits on the ladies.

(Outaouais Heritage Web Magazine)
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Did someone mention Norway Bay, up the Ottawa River? Not the best picture, but here is the beach in what looks like the 20s.

Dig the swimsuits on the ladies.

(Outaouais Heritage Web Magazine)
Saturday December 28th, 2013
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One place you could go for New Year's Eve? Thought to be Al's Steak House in Bell's Corners, from back in the day.Anyone know where this is? I can't make out what it says on the side but it does say "Hotel" ... See MoreSee Less

One place you could go for New Years Eve? Thought to be Als Steak House in Bells Corners, from back in the day.

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Saturday December 28th, 2013
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Kids out to play in the snow in an unidentified city park during Ottawa's Winter Carnival, in the 20s.

Bozo the dog refused to be harnessed to the toboggan for a little mushing, but still seems willing to help one of the youngsters with his skiing.

(Alberta on Record, Whyte Museum of the Rockies, CN181.)
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Kids out to play in the snow in an unidentified city park during Ottawas Winter Carnival, in the 20s. 

Bozo the dog refused to be harnessed to the toboggan for a little mushing, but still seems willing to help one of the youngsters with his skiing.

(Alberta on Record, Whyte Museum of the Rockies, CN181.)
Saturday December 28th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

Having breakfast? Rivermen dine at the foot of a huge logjam in the Gatineau River, not far from the capital.

Scene looks tranquil, but the jam could burst at any time, and it was their job to free the logs. I think you can see how dangerous it was.

(Lost the source! Will put it in when I find it.)
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Having breakfast? Rivermen dine at the foot of a huge logjam in the Gatineau River, not far from the capital.

Scene looks tranquil, but the jam could burst at any time, and it was their job to free the logs. I think you can see how dangerous it was.

(Lost the source! Will put it in when I find it.)
Friday December 27th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

Yoyo, the recurrent craze ..."Sparks St Mall. The yoyo busker guy amusing an audience of little kids. Don't think he was going to get much pay for his act but look at their faces." -Norm Early 1970s. Photo by Norm MacLeod. ... See MoreSee Less

Yoyo, the recurrent craze ...

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Friday December 27th, 2013
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So where are you heading on New Year's Eve? How about the Paddock, next to Connaught Park on the Aylmer Road. You've got Roland Deveze "direct from France," says this ad from the Ottawa Citizen for December 31, 1976.

I hope the "Coupe Paddock" was ... uh ... beef?
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So where are you heading on New Years Eve? How about the Paddock, next to Connaught Park on the Aylmer Road. Youve got Roland Deveze direct from France, says this ad from the Ottawa Citizen for December 31, 1976. 

I hope the Coupe Paddock was ... uh ... beef?
Friday December 27th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

When you are travelling up river ... there`s the Venice of America.Norway Bay Quebec

I believe this ad is from the early 1920's. Norway Bay is still a popular summer cottage destination for many families from Ottawa. Over the generations, as families moved away and expanded, many families still return year after year, from all over Canada, United States, South America and Europe. Prices are no longer $100 to $250!
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When you are travelling up river ... there`s the Venice of America.

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Friday December 27th, 2013
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Check the prices on these excursions -- once a big deal in Ottawa -- combining boats and trains. Only $26 to Boston.Steam boat tourism ... See MoreSee Less

Check the prices on these excursions -- once a big deal in Ottawa -- combining boats and trains. Only $26 to Boston.

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Friday December 27th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

Here's the 411 -- of `441944 Ottawa city directory ... See MoreSee Less

Heres the 411 -- of `44

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Friday December 27th, 2013
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So where are you going for New Year's Eve? Here's four choices for rockin' out from the Ottawa Citizen for December 31, 1977. ... See MoreSee Less

So where are you going for New Years Eve? Heres four choices for rockin out from the Ottawa Citizen for December 31, 1977.
Friday December 27th, 2013
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Group of men in the main sleeping hut for Relief Project No. 27 at Ottawa Air Station, as the Rockcliffe Airport was originally known. Date is March 22, 1933.

By the end of that year, there were 22,000 men out of work in Ottawa (out of a total population of 126,872). Relief Project 27 was one of a series of camps across the country, organized by the government to provide men with food and shelter in exchange for work.

There were crowded wooden barracks at Rockcliffe, as well as shack settlements in Brewers Park, Plouffe Park, and the Lees Avenue Dump.
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Group of men in the main sleeping hut for Relief Project No. 27 at Ottawa Air Station, as the Rockcliffe Airport was originally known. Date is March 22, 1933.

By the end of that year, there were 22,000 men out of work in Ottawa (out of a total population of 126,872). Relief Project 27 was one of a series of camps across the country, organized by the government to provide men with food and shelter in exchange for work.

There were crowded wooden barracks at Rockcliffe, as well as shack settlements in Brewers Park, Plouffe Park, and the Lees Avenue Dump.
Friday December 27th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

Something you wouldn't want to do today. Three Rockcliffe Air Force Base personnel testing aircrew survival suits in the Ottawa River on December 27, 1943.

That would wake you up. Brrrr!

(LAC PA-064799)
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Something you wouldnt want to do today. Three Rockcliffe Air Force Base personnel testing aircrew survival suits in the Ottawa River on December 27, 1943. 

That would wake you up. Brrrr!

(LAC PA-064799)
Thursday December 26th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

Someone mentioned Dome Hill in the Experimental Farm as an excellent spot for some winter activities back in the day. Here's Ottawa three skiers at Dome Hill, sunset in 1931.

This steep slope is actually in the Arboretum.

(CSTM CN34711, via Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies)
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Someone mentioned Dome Hill in the Experimental Farm as an excellent spot for some winter activities back in the day. Heres Ottawa three skiers at Dome Hill, sunset in 1931.

This steep slope is actually in the Arboretum.

(CSTM CN34711, via Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies)
Thursday December 26th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

Blustery day in Ottawa ...Ottawa can be beautiful in the winter too. Photo by Norm MacLeod. Early 1970s. ... See MoreSee Less

Blustery day in Ottawa ...

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Thursday December 26th, 2013
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An Xmas gift you might have got in the past. Dressed to the Nines. Portrait from Pittaway Jarvis no less.About 25 years ago I paid $5 for a red flocked velvet photo album of portraits of someone's friends and relatives that I found in a flea market down near Morrisburg. It was a present to a woman from her cousin and the gift album was dated 1881. The photos seem to be family and friends, but I have never been able to identify anyone by trying to linking the few full names names attached to the folks (most were cousin Mary, Aunt whatever -- to current Ottawa families with photos of kin from the 1880s. My original thought was to find a family for whom the album had some real meaning, but I was totally unsuccessful, which I guess helps explain why it was in a box of junk at a flea market to begin with. I will post three of the photos I found in the album, all taken by Ottawa based photography studios. ... See MoreSee Less

An Xmas gift you might have got in the past. Dressed to the Nines. Portrait from Pittaway Jarvis no less.

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Thursday December 26th, 2013
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A not so traditional way to spend an Ottawa Boxing Day -- Go Karting in Nepean. The pic says 2008. ... See MoreSee Less

A not so traditional way to spend an Ottawa Boxing Day -- Go Karting in Nepean. The pic says 2008.
Thursday December 26th, 2013
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Traditional way to enjoy an Ottawa Boxing Day -- terrifying yourself on a toboggan run.

No place identified for this photo, circa 1952.
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Traditional way to enjoy an Ottawa Boxing Day -- terrifying yourself on a toboggan run.

No place identified for this photo, circa 1952.
Thursday December 26th, 2013
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Boxing Day story from the Ottawa Citizen for December 22, 1939. At the time, City Council was voting to make it a Civic Holiday -- so the workers could have a break and there would be no shopping.

Boxing Day has a British history, but story raises a question about how holidays were established before the war and even when Boxing Day became a true holiday.

In the story there were City Council Scrooges who of course declared: "Harrumph, Ottawa already has too many holidays."
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Boxing Day story from the Ottawa Citizen for December 22, 1939. At the time, City Council was voting to make it a Civic Holiday -- so the workers could have a break and there would be no shopping.

Boxing Day has a British history, but story raises a question about how holidays were established before the war and even when Boxing Day became a true holiday. 

In the story there were City Council Scrooges who of course declared: Harrumph, Ottawa already has too many holidays.
Thursday December 26th, 2013
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People working off their Christmas dinner, skiing and tobogganing near Bank Street in what I think is Central Park towards the end of Patterson Creek, in the 1920s.

It was the Ottawa improvement Commission that built the driveways, and many of the city's parks. They made a big difference to life here. I love seeing how much the parks are used. That doesn't happen everywhere.

(LAC PA-034354)
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People working off their Christmas dinner, skiing and tobogganing near Bank Street in what I think is Central Park towards the end of Patterson Creek, in the 1920s.

It was the Ottawa improvement Commission that built the driveways, and many of the citys parks. They made a big difference to life here. I love seeing how much the parks are used. That doesnt happen everywhere.

(LAC PA-034354)
Wednesday December 25th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

In 1998, I lived in Boston. This is what my Yankee pals gave me for Xmas, saying they had found something to represent the Canadian Dream, as opposed to the American Dream.

You don't see the red coats around Ottawa much these days. And there are darn few horses to kiss.
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In 1998, I lived in Boston. This is what my Yankee pals gave me for Xmas, saying they had found something to represent the  Canadian Dream, as opposed to the American Dream.

You dont see the red coats around Ottawa much these days. And there are darn few horses to kiss.
Wednesday December 25th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

Lost Ottawa (right) and his brother congratulate themselves on the superb giant turkey they have cooked. Okay ... it's true ... all we really did was measure the temperature to see that it was finally done.

Hey, we also took it out of the pan. And carved. That counts, right guys?

Hopefully, just about now, today's bird will come out just as nice!
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Lost Ottawa (right) and his brother congratulate themselves on the superb giant turkey they have cooked. Okay ... its true ... all we really did was measure the temperature to see that it was finally done. 

Hey, we also took it out of the pan. And carved. That counts, right guys?

Hopefully, just about now, todays bird will come out just as nice!
Wednesday December 25th, 2013
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Lost Ottawa on Kitchen Patrol at my brother's house, a few years back.

Today, we're hosting the Christmas Dinner -- for 26 people -- so this is what I'm doing right about now.
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Lost Ottawa on Kitchen Patrol at my brothers house, a few years back. 

Today, were hosting the Christmas Dinner -- for 26 people -- so this is what Im doing right about now.
Wednesday December 25th, 2013
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How did we survive? A wee tyke takes his cool wooden Christmas toboggan down a steep hill, circa 1959.

This youngster grew up to be a fine citizen of Ottawa, but several people have suggested that he has taken more than a few whacks to the noggin ...

(Photo: Lost Ottawa)
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How did we survive? A wee tyke takes his cool wooden Christmas toboggan down a steep hill, circa 1959.

This youngster grew up to be a fine citizen of Ottawa, but several people have suggested that he has taken more than a few whacks to the noggin ... 

(Photo: Lost Ottawa)
Wednesday December 25th, 2013
Lost Ottawa

Christmas is the time you visit the family. Here is long time Lost Ottawa contributor on his grandmother's knee in 1948, on Sunnyside Ave.

Lookin' good Barry! Merry Xmas!
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Christmas is the time you visit the family. Here is long time Lost Ottawa contributor on his grandmothers knee in 1948, on Sunnyside Ave.

Lookin good Barry! Merry Xmas!
Wednesday December 25th, 2013
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Best Wishes from a Lost Ottawan.Merry Christmas.....Joyeux Noël ... See MoreSee Less

Best Wishes from a Lost Ottawan.

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Wednesday December 25th, 2013
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Let the mayhem begin: A leopard jumps on one of my nephews. Must have been confused by the youngster's pj's?

Wreckage of an Ottawa Christmas in the background. Circa year 2000, I think.

(Photo: Lost Ottawa)
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Let the mayhem begin: A leopard jumps on one of my nephews. Must have been confused by the youngsters pjs?

Wreckage of an Ottawa Christmas in the background. Circa year 2000, I think.

(Photo: Lost Ottawa)
Wednesday December 25th, 2013
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Let the mayhem begin. Ottawa, circa 1985 ... with the Xmas Bunny?

Just for fun I checked the Apple store. There are now 1,233 Bunny Apps.
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Let the mayhem begin. Ottawa, circa 1985 ... with the Xmas Bunny?

Just for fun I checked the Apple store. There are now 1,233 Bunny Apps.
Wednesday December 25th, 2013
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Looking out the back window of 89 Queensline Drive in Graham Park, in 1972. Ottawa had a little snow that year. That hedge was 12 feet high!

Extraordinary experience for a boy from Victoria British Columbia, where it never snowed.

(Photo: Lost Ottawa)
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Looking out the back window of 89 Queensline Drive in Graham Park, in 1972. Ottawa had a little snow that year. That hedge was 12 feet high! 

Extraordinary experience for a boy from Victoria British Columbia, where it never snowed.

(Photo: Lost Ottawa)
Tuesday December 24th, 2013
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Lost Ottawa wishing you the best for the Holidays!

... with a night shot of Parliament taken in 1965.
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Lost Ottawa wishing you the best for the Holidays!

... with a night shot of Parliament taken in 1965.
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