Lost Ottawa Facebook 2018

Here are all the Lost Ottawa posts that appeared on Facebook in 2018, starting with the most recent and going backwards.

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Sunday December 30th, 2018

Steven Keenan shares a piece of Ottawa memorabilia from 1987.

Explains Steven:Since Cobden Road was mentioned last week. Ottawa Nepean Canadian Sports Club 1987 Directory.
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Steven Keenan shares a piece of Ottawa memorabilia from 1987.

Explains Steven:

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My Dad's name is on that list. Don Reid, Vice President. He loved that club.

A man's club obviously. Believe it still is.

Sunday December 30th, 2018

Looking down on Ottawa's lost Lebreton Flats in this great photo shared by Fred Byers.

Writes Fred:The old neighborhood, Lebreton Flats. In 1867 Ottawa was considered one of the most dangerous cities in North America. The Flats, would be the reason for that notoriety.
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Looking down on Ottawas lost Lebreton Flats in this great photo shared by Fred Byers.

Writes Fred:

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First I hear that we were one of the most dangerous cities then! Any idea where that bit comes from?

Ottawa was a rough lumber town on the edge of civilization back then.

It's strange to see all those buildings on that property that has been vacant for my whole life.

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Sunday December 30th, 2018

Here's an Ottawa panorama looking northeast from Parliament Hill shared by Ben Weiss.

Writes Ben:Thursday's posted photo of the Government Printing Bureau (now site of the National Gallery) prompted me to think about this 1855 panorama of Lower Town, which shows that same spot and the surrounding area.
There's definitely no National Gallery or Government Printing Bureau. But clearly visible on "Sussex Street" is the Notre Dame Cathedral, the early Ottawa General Hospital (which wouldn't leave Sussex Drive until 1980) and the Convent.... all relatively new at the time.
This detailed picture (from the perspective of soon-to-be Parliament Hill) certainly shows the early influence on Bytown of Elisabeth Bruyere and the Grey Nuns and Bishop Guigues and the Oblate Fathers.
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Heres an Ottawa panorama looking northeast from Parliament Hill shared by Ben Weiss.

Writes Ben:

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This is a crop from a larger 1855 Edwin Whitefield lithograph, Whitefield's Original Views of North American Cities No. 35, captioned "Ottawa City, Canada West (Lower Town)" LAC has the full image as MIKAN 2837427. It is available in high resolution from Heritage Passages www.passageshistoriques-heritagepassages.ca/ , but the site is down right now. (I hope it's only a temporary problem.)

This is so cool! Any info on who the artist is?

Omg....this is so amazing. Love these old photos. Shows us how a town grows...thanks

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Saturday December 29th, 2018

Snowtime is Joytime in Ottawa according to this silent film clip shared from the vaults of the Natonal Film Board.

The clip offers a joytime to historians, at least. You will get to see some great scenes of dowtown Ottawa, the ski train that used to take you to the Gatineau, and number of pictures showing you how skiiing used to be ... and not a tow in sight!

FYI, the clip is a little long -- but it's really worth it, especially the footage of ski jumping in Rockliffe at the end. Bring back the Jump!
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You should put in the sound of an old school film projector to accompany this !

OMG what a wonderful video. I loved skiing in these beautiful places and on my parents old skis from about the same time. Camp fortune, Eidleweis, Vorlage - so much fun.

What a great clip! (I see a number of folks in the film engaged in the less popular but more challenging "uphill" skiing.) Gatineau ski trails look much like they do nowadays.

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Saturday December 29th, 2018

Jay Dorey shares an Ottawa mystery sign, found on a downtown rooftop. Lost *out of* plain sight?

Says Jay:Found this weird sign while working on a roof on wellington street. I bet there is something interesting behind this.
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Jay Dorey shares an Ottawa mystery sign, found on a downtown rooftop. Lost *out of* plain sight?

Says Jay:

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Lol. I was wondering why it was bilingual.

Dam, take a picture... when she comes back looking for cash, half the house, and your pension this little sign might just be the ticket.

Who writes a note to their spouse in both official languages? Too funny.

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Saturday December 29th, 2018

Came across this small but amazingly-coloured lantern slide of Ottawa from the McCord Museum yesterday.

Taken from the Sappers Bridge sometime around 1896, it shows the canal when it was still a working proposition.

There were still freight forwarders and such on the right side of the Rideau Canal. On the left? Those noisy contraptions that ultimately ruined the canal's financial prospects.

The cars you see there were for J.R Booth's Canada Atlantic Railway and those were the trains sheds passengers used before there was a Union Station.

I also love the view of the earlier Laurier Avenue Bridge in the distance. Imagine driving over that!

(McCord Museum 025-860)
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Came across this small but amazingly-coloured lantern slide of Ottawa from the McCord Museum yesterday. 

Taken from the Sappers Bridge sometime around 1896, it shows the canal when it was still a working proposition.

There were still freight forwarders and such on the right side of the Rideau Canal. On the left? Those noisy contraptions that ultimately ruined the canals financial prospects.

The cars you see there were for J.R Booths Canada Atlantic Railway and those were the trains sheds passengers used before there was a Union Station. 

I also love the view of the earlier Laurier Avenue Bridge in the distance. Imagine driving over that!

(McCord Museum 025-860)

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It is great to be able to see how it used to be. It seems so quiet and picturesque. We even see the "turning pond" just past the boat. It would be roughly where Confederation Park is now. Makes you want to go for a stroll allong it... wait a second. No easy public access! And in reality, imagine the bustling sounds of the industrial era. After all, this was a working warterway, with the steam locomotives on one side, and the busy warehouses on the other side. I like what Ottawa has done to the area: kept the majestic views, opened it up to locals and tourists from all over the world, allowing us to share it, yet preserve it. Something to be proud of, both past and present!

Sensational photo in every possible way. It feels so special because this is truly my backyard in a time I never knew. Went to Lisgar and lived just across the field. And my daughter married her Prince, a proud Highlander, and the reception was in the Drill Hall!

What an incredible picture...the colour and amazingly clear resolution makes you feel like you've transported yourself back there in time....! Notice the non-stop curvature of the Laurier Bridge. This 400 ft steel bridge was built in a parabolic curve, unique in all of Canada in that it was built without a level plane. Maybe the theory was to replicate the strength that nature gives an egg? At its opening the Citizen wrote that "should an elephant..come...to Ottawa it need have no fears about walking over the new...structure". The new bridge not only crossed the canal but spanned the railroad tracks too, linking the previously separated Theodore and Maria Streets, leading eventually to the decision to rename both in honour of Theodore Street's famous resident, Sir Wilfrid.

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Saturday December 29th, 2018

Here's a Lost Ottawa weekend outing for you ... skiing and tobogganing in Rockliffe Park.

Shared by Ben Weiss who writes:Rockcliffe Park... a great place to strap on skis in the 1920s...
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Heres a Lost Ottawa weekend outing for you ... skiing and tobogganing in Rockliffe Park.

Shared by Ben Weiss who writes:

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Growing up in New Edinburgh and Manor Park, we spent many winter days there. The 21 Bumps. What a great hill to slide down. Lots of fun.

My dad used to tell me about a giant ski jump that ran down from Rockliffe Park to the river. It would have been about this era.

Did a lot of that in the late 40s. Easy access with streetcars - which what we should still have instead of billion dollar train which will not solve any problem.

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Friday December 28th, 2018

We research quite a few pics relating to Lost Ottawa Christmas traditions. Here's one from 1959 that got the better of me.

Fancy table cloth, nice candle setting, the fine china, and of course the turkey.

But I don't remember the paper chicken-hats!

(Photo: Malak, LAC 4949751)
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We research quite a few pics relating to Lost Ottawa Christmas traditions. Heres one from 1959 that got the better of me.

Fancy table cloth, nice candle setting, the fine china, and of course the turkey.

But I dont remember the paper chicken-hats!

(Photo: Malak, LAC 4949751)

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Looks beautiful...family time enjoying each other and the holidays...no phones...the good old days!!!

Christmas crackers still have paper hats, but they're a LOT less fancy than those . . .

You always put on the " good " Christmas tablecloth or else the freshly ironed double damask tablecloth, the Christmas china, the sterling silver flatware and either the Christmas glasses or the crystal ones. You always dressed in your " Best " clothes and a Family picture was taken for posterity. So glad that these pictures were done so that we can see how we all have grown through the years.

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Friday December 28th, 2018

Thomas Mellish shares the cover of his Christmas reading project. What could be better than a nice history of Ottawa!

Writes Thomas:Got this book for Christmas and I'm looking forward to reading it. But I have never heard the term 'City of the Big Ears' used before.
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Thomas Mellish shares the cover of his Christmas reading project. What could be better than a nice history of Ottawa!

Writes Thomas:

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I think they misspelled *that fun forgot

Now the city with the walls with ears

Published in 1970 - never heard the term before then, and haven't heard it used anywhere else since.

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Friday December 28th, 2018

Maybe you were thinking of heading to the National Gallery in downtown Ottawa over the holidays. Take in a little art? Here's what used to stand there -- the Government Printing Bureau.

Built in the 1890s, this pic shows the Printing Bureau as it was in 1912, when two stories had been added on top.

All government printing used to take place there. The building was demolished circa 1958, when a new printing bureau was established in Hull.
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Maybe you were thinking of heading to the National Gallery in downtown Ottawa over the holidays. Take in a little art? Heres what used to stand there -- the Government Printing Bureau. 

Built in the 1890s, this pic shows the Printing Bureau as it was in 1912, when two stories had been added on top.

All government printing used to take place there. The building was demolished circa 1958, when a new printing bureau was established in Hull.

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My late grandfather worked there until he was forced to retire at age 70 with no pension in those days. He used to put the metal letters into the wooden frames for printing, particularly the Hansard and other formal government notices. I remember visiting him at work at least once when I was very young and being impressed by the "high technology" of all those different size letters all sorted out in wooden holders ready for him to pick and place in the frames one by one by hand to compose text.

Love the fire escapes.

Looks like Major's Hill Park!!! Not the Elgin Street location of the Gallery

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Thursday December 27th, 2018

Here's a special treat for the young ladies of Ottawa's St. Joseph's Orphanage on December 27, 1955.

That's when they got to see Peter Pan as well as Ali Baba and his Forty Thieves, courtesy of La Ligue de la Jeunesse Feminine.

Awesome double bill at the Theatre Francais on Dalhousie Street.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA036091)
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Heres a special treat for the young ladies of Ottawas St. Josephs Orphanage on December 27, 1955. 

Thats when they got to see Peter Pan as well as Ali Baba and his Forty Thieves, courtesy of La Ligue de la Jeunesse Feminine.

Awesome double bill at the Theatre Francais on Dalhousie Street.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA036091)

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I remember going to the Francais theatre. They built Ottawa's first Holiday Inn there after they tore it down and now I think it is a Marriott Hotel.

I often went to Le Français as a child with my cousin Constance Roy.. The movie I remember best was Aurore l'Enfant Martyre, a melodrama during which we would boo and hiss loudly at poor Aurore's wicked step-mother who tortured her. We'd then cheer loudly when her husband finally found her out at the end of the movie. Great fun!

I also remember Willie Lamothe, who rode a horse down the aisle to the front and sang western songs, and picking his guitar.

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Wednesday December 26th, 2018

Ben Weiss shares more skiers in downtown Ottawa.

Says Ben:A 1920s photo of skiers waiting at the Chateau Laurier. (Waiting for what? A ride to somewhere else? Gatineau Hills maybe?)
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Ben Weiss shares more skiers in downtown Ottawa.

Says Ben:

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I have book written by Herbert Marshall called History of the Ottawa Ski Club. That picture appears in the book. Written under it it says "Skiers at the entrance to the Underground Station near the Chateau Laurier. They are on their way to board the street car which will take them to Wrightville the starting point for the cross country ski hike to Dome Hill at Ironsides. Early 1920's."

Wasn't there a large man-made built toboggan hill that was built between the Chateau Laurier and the locks back in the day that had sliders going out onto the Ottawa River?

I can remember my parents saying that they used to take the streetcar to Wrightville and ski up the Gatineau from there. They also skied at Dome Hill with the Cliffside Ski Club and at the original Keogan's Lodge.

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Wednesday December 26th, 2018

Here's something you can do work off some of that Christmas turkey -- a little cross country skiing along Dow's Lake or the Rideau Canal like these hardy Ottawa folk in December of 1955.

Me? I'm heading to to the "chesterfield," as my dad used to call it. He lay there quite often ... so I'm calling it a family tradition!

(City of Ottawa archives CA035900)
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Heres something you can do work off some of that Christmas turkey -- a little cross country skiing along Dows Lake or the Rideau Canal like these hardy Ottawa folk in December of 1955.

Me? Im heading to to the chesterfield, as my dad used to call it. He lay there quite often ... so Im calling it a family tradition!
 
(City of Ottawa archives CA035900)

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One word just one word.. chesterfield.. zap. time warp... now I’m back in my old home, on the chesterfield watching my 12in? television.. haven’t heard that word in ages.. thanks for the memories

XC skiing was a fringe sport in the 1960s, when downhill (alpine) skiing was surging. In the mid-1970s, however, xc skiing started to make a big comeback, with very low-cost skis, poles and boots (packages) being sold at places like Canadian Tire. The NCC had gorgeous trails for Ottawans to enjoy, for free!

Lots of places to x-country ski in Ottawa.

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Wednesday December 26th, 2018

Winter in Rockledge Terrace in 1955, when the town houses (do you call them that?) there were brand new.

It looks greener now, at least, surrounded by trees. Same developer as Manor Park?

Rockledge Road is in behind Mark Motors, near the corner of St. Laurent and Montreal Road.

( City of Ottawa Archives CA035857-W)
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Winter in Rockledge Terrace in 1955, when the town houses (do you call them that?) there were brand new.

It looks greener now, at least, surrounded by trees. Same developer as Manor Park? 

Rockledge Road is in behind Mark Motors, near the corner of St. Laurent and Montreal Road.

( City of Ottawa Archives CA035857-W)

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Looks like our old house in Manor Park..

This is just shortly before we moved into Manor Park.

Think we just called them “row houses” and term “townhouse” came about in the 70s.

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Wednesday December 26th, 2018

When skiing or skating outdoors around Ottawa in the old days, there always seemed to be some clankety old boiler you could warm your hands on.

Here's the heater at Camp Fortune where Marion Dunning, Sally Sturgeon, Jay Fripp and Joan Heggtveit are warming up after watching a day of racing in 1956.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA036334)
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When skiing or skating outdoors around Ottawa in the old days, there always seemed to be some clankety old boiler you could warm your hands on.

Heres the heater at Camp Fortune where Marion  Dunning, Sally Sturgeon, Jay Fripp and Joan Heggtveit are warming up after watching a day of racing in 1956.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA036334)

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I remember Jay Fripp from Ridgemont High School. This brings back happy memories of skating at our local rink at the end of our street, Foxbar Ave, just south of Walkley road off Bank St.

I remember skating at the outdoor rink at Knightsbridge and Lockhart in the West End, behind Our Lady of Fatima school. Hockey rink with boards and skating rink along side it. The Shack had a wood burning stove. One night a week they played music and allowed public skating on the hockey rink. Spent many days and evenings playing “crack the whip.” Good memories

With wooden skis and leather straps to fasten them to ski boots of the day or even regular winter boots LOL

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Tuesday December 25th, 2018

The inside of Union Station done up for an Ottawa Christmas circa 1955, featuring a giant tree on the staircase up to Rideau Street.

Below the tree, the famous tunnel to the Chateau Laurier.

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The inside of Union Station done up for an Ottawa Christmas circa 1955, featuring a giant tree on the staircase up to Rideau Street.

Below the tree, the famous tunnel to the Chateau Laurier.

(CSTM CN 49923)

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I can see me stepping off a streetcar and down those stairs and through the tunnel every Sunday to go swimming in the chateau pool. Great memories. Norm

This view, original lights, and tunnel to the Chateau, has been renewed in the recently renovated station, now renamed the Senate of Canada Building. It now looks pretty much the same!

Dave McGee: please include this post in your Lost Ottawa Book 3!!! This picture is beautiful!

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Tuesday December 25th, 2018

When you get that new tricycle for Christmas, you just don't care how much ice there is in Ottawa ...

(City of Ottawa Archives CA035528)
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When you get that new tricycle for Christmas, you just dont care how much ice there is in Ottawa ...

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Nothing has changed in 2018. Our street looks like that today.

I had one for Christmas so i did put a lot of nails in the tires as studs so i could use it right away!

This little kid may well have grown up to be one of those adults who rides their bike all year, in all manner of weather. Bravo kiddo! Lots of people are doing this these days. Saves on gas, and get exercise too... if you can bear all the weather!!

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Tuesday December 25th, 2018

Christmas Greetings from Lost Ottawa!

Here's an Xmas postcard from the Tuck postcard company circa 1908 and with plenty of "lost."

On the far left the Russell House Hotel, then the ramshackle stairs that that took you to J.R. Booth's Canada Atlantic Railway station (before there was a Union Station).

Next you have the block of buildings and the Old Post Office where the War Memorial stands today. In front of that, what I always think of as Ottawa's "Bermuda Triangle," which was the huge gap between Sappers and Dufferin bridges, with the Rideau Canal below.

All the best to everyone!
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Christmas Greetings from Lost Ottawa!

Heres an Xmas postcard from the Tuck postcard company circa 1908 and with plenty of lost.

On the far left the Russell House Hotel, then the ramshackle stairs that that took you to J.R. Booths Canada Atlantic Railway station (before there was a Union Station). 

Next you have the block of buildings and the Old Post Office where the War Memorial stands today. In front of that, what I always think of as Ottawas Bermuda Triangle, which was the huge gap between Sappers and Dufferin bridges, with the Rideau Canal below.

All the best to everyone!

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From a collection of Christmas postcards found at the family farmstead (in Grey County).

Thank you for posting, hanging on to it especially for today (if that’s what you did). This is truly a special find. What a gift! Hugs to you. OMG

Beautiful scene of Ottawa. It sure has changed...

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Monday December 24th, 2018

Santa skips the reindeer on this visit to Ottawa, December 1, 1955.

Instead he arrived at Uplands aboard the "Santa Toy Lift," bringing gifts to kids at the St. Patrick's Home and the St. Jospeh's Orphanage.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA035667)
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Santa skips the reindeer on this visit to Ottawa, December 1, 1955.

Instead he arrived at Uplands aboard the Santa Toy Lift, bringing gifts to kids at the St. Patricks Home and the St. Jospehs Orphanage.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA035667)

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The plane was indeed a C46, flying for Operation Toylift - a charitable initiative started by Julian Reiss, one of the founders of the very successful Sana Claus village at North Pole, NY. Reiss began with his own Stinson tail-dragger, but the popularity of the Toylift prompted Esso Oil to offer the use of one of its C-46 aircraft (hence the Esso logo on the plane.) A wonderful Christmas story! www.flyingadventures.com/images/Aviator-Profiles/Julian-Reiss-Operation-Toylift.pdf

I saw Santa arrive by plane at Uplands in 1957. Also visited Santa's Village at North Pole New York (a theme park). Here I am shaking his hand at Uplands with my mother, sister and brother.

Who remembers the TV station identified as "WPTZ Plattsburgh, Norh Pole, Burlington"? Until I looked at this post, it never occurred to me to wonder why there was a North Pole, New York. www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHwHTVrJXC4

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Monday December 24th, 2018

Christmas shopping at Ottawa's St. Hubert appliance store sale in December of 1955.

This one caught my eye because TV's were still rather new then -- a great Christmas gift.

But would kids these days even recognize these as TV's? And what do they think we mean when we say "glued to the box?"

As for St. Hubert's, I want to say Rideau Street. Or Eastview?

(City of Ottawa Archives CA036001-W)
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Christmas shopping at Ottawas St. Hubert appliance store sale in December of 1955.

This one caught my eye because TVs were still rather new then -- a great Christmas gift. 

But would kids these days even recognize these as TVs? And what do they think we mean when we say glued to the box?

As for St. Huberts, I want to say Rideau Street. Or Eastview?

(City of Ottawa Archives CA036001-W)

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the guy in the bowler hat, talking on his cell.

I remember when we got the 3rd channel, CJOH in 1961.

I still have our 1st tv, an RCA Victor, not the original rabbit ears around 1950!!!

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Monday December 24th, 2018

Last day for Ottawa your Xmas shopping at Carlingwood? You might need a cup of tea and a bite to eat ... no, not at the "food court," at the lunch counter!

The original record doesn't say so, but I believe this is the lunch counter in the Carlingwood Woolworth's in 1956, when it was brand new (and I'm guessing Woolworths by the stuff for sale on the tables).

(City of Ottawa Archives CA037442)
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Last day for Ottawa your Xmas shopping at Carlingwood? You might need a cup of tea and a bite to eat ... no, not at the food court, at the lunch counter!

The original record doesnt say so, but I believe this is the lunch counter in the Carlingwood Woolworths in 1956, when it was brand new (and Im guessing Woolworths by the stuff for sale on the tables).

(City of Ottawa Archives CA037442)

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Still like sitting at the counter in any restaurant that has one!

Loved the fries!!

This one is a classic, organic. Look at the servers how neatly dressed they are in their uniforms, which made it appealing to go and buy your food. No sloppiness, it was perfect, as well as authentic. Miss the classics πŸ’πŸŒΌβ˜•οΈπŸ΅πŸ¨πŸ”πŸŒ­πŸ½

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Monday December 24th, 2018

Your Christmas Commute through downtown Ottawa ... I hope not!

Actually, this is the morning puzzler. The year is 1956, and I was thinking this was road down from St. Patrick and Sussex to the Alexandra Bridge.

Then I was thinking it could be coming down Albert from Bronson and swinging around on Commissoner Street to Wellington ...

Wherever it is, all those people out of their cars can't have been too happy.

(City of Ottawa CA037599)
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Your Christmas Commute through downtown Ottawa ... I hope not! 

Actually, this is the morning puzzler. The year is 1956, and I was thinking this was road down from St. Patrick and Sussex to the Alexandra Bridge.

Then I was thinking it could be coming down Albert from Bronson and swinging around on Commissoner Street to Wellington ...

Wherever it is, all those people out of their cars cant have been too happy.

(City of Ottawa CA037599)

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Because of the railings on the left my first impression was "Why are there cars driving on the canal?". I need new glasses.

I would guess that the picture was taken from the bridge that used to go between Nepean Point and Major’s Hill Park

The fellow walking to work on the sidewalk has it made.

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Sunday December 23rd, 2018

Music for an Ottawa Christmas week as found in the CFRA Top 30 for December 20 1969.

I see one Ottawa band on there -- The Marshmallow Soup Group!

Neil Diamond at Number One. Good songwriter, I know, but I never did take a liking to him.

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Music for an Ottawa Christmas week as found in the CFRA Top 30 for December 20 1969.

I see one Ottawa band on there -- The Marshmallow Soup Group!

Neil Diamond at Number One. Good songwriter, I know, but I never did take a liking to him.

(Shared by Ken Clavette)

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Neil Diamond next to Led Z, that’s unnatural...

Neil Diamond was a favorite back in the day. youtu.be/RQwqQwD6OOw

Nice to see Mainline on the charts. One of the best bands ever from Toronto.

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Sunday December 23rd, 2018

Is there still time? You could grab your Lost Ottawa Christmas Tree at Carlingwood?

Actually, I think I saw a sign for Christmas trees there the other day ...

(City of Ottawa Archives CA042421-W)
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Is there still time? You could grab your Lost Ottawa Christmas Tree at Carlingwood?

Actually, I think I saw a sign for Christmas trees there the other day ...

(City of Ottawa Archives CA042421-W)

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You can still get a tree at the back near the library.

Yes, they actually had an old school tree lot set up by the library

Yup my dad picked up a few trees from there back in the day....70's

Sunday December 23rd, 2018

Sunday Drive through Ottawa's original park in 1898, showing what a winter outing was like back in the day!

This is another silent clip from the NFB archives. Alas, nothing can be done about the ugly watermarks. You learn to look past them!
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Neat. Can anyone hazard a guess as to orientation...where are the carriages coming from and where are they likely going to(from the perspective of the current orientation of the park)?

Wow. So amazing that the film has not washed away. Thanks for finding and sharing....these old films are precious...

The shadows indicate that the sun is on the left so unless they were driving early in the day, the picture is looking north.

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Saturday December 22nd, 2018

Here's a little Ottawa Christmas shopping for you, in what I believe is Freiman's in Westgate, no date.

The first part features ladies at the perfume counter, but the real fun starts about 24 seconds in.

Those ladies with their hats are hilarious!

(NFB Archives 7952)
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Loved the hats wouldn’t mind one or two of the for myself

Just look how much things have changed!!!! Everyone always dressed up even just to go shopping, now some even go shopping in their PJ’s... kinda sad really

That style was still in fashion in 1959 the year I got married. ....C

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Saturday December 22nd, 2018

Following up on the Ottawa Wendy's that burned down at Lincoln Fields ...

Here's shot from Friday, shared by Mike Maxsom.
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Following up on the Ottawa Wendys that burned down at Lincoln Fields ... 

Heres shot from Friday, shared by Mike Maxsom.

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Fyi: In this photo , the Wendy's is to the left of the photo. The Wendy's is not even visable in this photo.

Did anyone else notice the skeleton on the chiropractors building next Fort is wearing a firemen’s uniform.

My husband was chatting with someone who had attended a meeting regarding future plans for Lincoln Fields. Sounds as if where the Wendy's was is going to be a new Metro building and the larger building itself is going to be turned into condos with stores on the lower level. I can remember when they used to have a disco on the top story of the building way back in the day.

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Saturday December 22nd, 2018

The Freiman's Santa Claus parade was a huge deal back in the '50s and '60s. Here's two shots of the parade coming out of Little Sussex Street (and the back door of Union Station).

First two Elves, the majorettes and a marching band, then Santa and his reindeer on a float. Santa would have just come to the station by train after arriving in Vars by helicopter.

Date would be appear to be 1956. The City Archives has a picture of an identical-looking float for that year -- which was the first year of Santa's Mystery Special.

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The Freimans Santa Claus parade was a huge deal back in the 50s and 60s. Heres two shots of the parade coming out of Little Sussex Street (and the back door of Union Station). 

First two Elves, the majorettes and a marching band, then Santa and his reindeer on a float. Santa would have just come to the station by train after arriving in Vars by helicopter.

Date would be appear to be 1956. The City Archives has a picture of an identical-looking float for that year -- which was the first year of Santas Mystery Special.

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I loved the malted melts at Freeman’s on Rideau Street. Used to take the bus from Gatineau and this was one of my stops. Good memories! ❀️ and whatever happened to these marching band parades???

Really cool! My dad worked at Freeman’s back in the 50’s

"...marching band" is the Band of the Governor General's Foot Guards. The parade has just turned off Little Sussex St. onto Rideau after welcoming Santa at the Union Station.

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Saturday December 22nd, 2018

Dennis Lloyd shares this memory of an Ottawa corner store:Last time I saw a small paper bag this size was at Ernie's Sundries, Cobden Rd. at Iris St., 1960s:
"Umm...yeah...I'd like 2 mint leaves, 2 licorice pipes, 1 jawbreaker, 3 jujubes, 1 wax lips, 4 black balls - the good ones with the rainbow centres...oh, and a candy necklace for my little sister --- here's my quarter."
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Dennis Lloyd shares this memory of an Ottawa corner store:

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Used to go to Archie's on Richmond Road near Woodroffe Ave. Drove Archie crazy because we took so long to make up our mind what candies we wanted. This was in the mid 50's on our way home from swimming in the Ottawa River at the end of Woodroffe.

We got a nickel allowance and would get 5 cent mixed candy. I remember it was 3 for a penny, so that was 15 candies. It was so exciting!

How about Yaghi’s in the Glebe. 25 cents went a long way back then.

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Friday December 21st, 2018

Here's a short film clip shot in Ottawa, taken from the NFB's online archive of silent footage.

It depicts the Duke of Devonshire arriving on Parliament Hill for the Opening of Parliament in 1920 -- which the Duke did by sleigh.

Everybody, including the horses, look cold.

Check out the massive fur coats of the sleigh drivers. Standard winter driving apparel in those days!

(Clipped from NFB Archives No. 6097)
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Was this January? ...in which case Robert Borden would have still been in his last few months as PM. This would mean it was the first sitting in the brand new Centre Block, rebuilt after the 1916 fire... Prior to that Parliament sat in temporary quarters in the Victoria Memorial Museum building (now the Museum of Nature -- same place but fewer butterflies back then)...

Does anyone remember the buffalo coats that Mounties used to wear? My dad had one, but he traded it for a ten speed bike in 1969.

Centre Block (circa 1922) open for business but Peace Tower still a work in progress...

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Friday December 21st, 2018

Here's a nifty Lost Ottawa vehicle!

Shared by Rick Paquet, who writes:This is how Dr. Harold Geggie did house calls in 1930 up in Wakefield !
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Heres a nifty Lost Ottawa vehicle!

Shared by Rick Paquet, who writes:

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The vehicle is an Super Snow Bird conversion of a 1929 Ford Model A. They sold hundreds of them. Bombardier's "invention" happened six years later. Snow Birds, which were only two axles in back had been developed in 1921 and used Model T for the conversion. There were also Super Snow Bird Model Bs which came along in 1932 when the Model A was discontinued.

While Bombardier's first effort involved 4 skis on a frame with a rear mounted engine and an aircraft propeller in 1924... like many things "he invented", he just copied others who'd done it already. His first "snowmobile", the B7 was basically half-track like the Snow Bird and Super SnowBird but came 15 years after their original development and marketing. www.youtube.com/watch?v=NExMmSz7n1o

Very important vehicle in its time. My Dad drove one of these to transport food and vital supplies between Ruyon Noranda and the gold mine in Belle-Terre PQ. (1930's) He was the lifeline thruout the long and difficult winter in challenging terrain.. He drove alone !!

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Friday December 21st, 2018

Ben Weiss shares one of those dreams we have during an Ottawa Winter ... of summer on the beach at Britannia.

Writes Ben:Generations of us have enjoyed our summers playing and picnicking on the beaches and grounds of the west end's BRITANNIA PARK (seen here circa 1910). Did you know that we have Ottawa's own turn-of-the-century dynamic duo, AHEARN & SOPER to thank?

THOMAS AHEARN & WARREN SOPER thrust Ottawa into the modern era of ELECTRIC STREET CARS when they introduced the city to their state-of-the-art OTTAWA ELECTRIC RAILWAY in 1891.
However, they urgently needed to maximize ridership on this new mode of transportation (both during the week as well as on weekends) so they came up with the idea of providing families with exciting new destinations -- developing grand parks, including BRITANNIA & ROCKCLIFFE, that have brought joy to Ottawans for over a century now.

In addition, these clever innovators formed the OTTAWA LAND ASSOCIATION (partnering with other speculators) to subdivide land and create the first SUBURBS along their street car routes, especially in the west end.
(Their Bank Street street car line inspired the local landowner to subdivide his family farm, launching the GLEBE neighbourhood.)

The enterprising duo didn't stop there. The same year AHEARN & SOPER began the Ottawa Electric Railway they also created a subsidiary, the OTTAWA CAR COMPANY, with its plant at Kent & Slater, converting William Wylie's carriage building operations to build street cars for themselves and for cities right across Canada.
This subsidiary produced over 1600 vehicles (including military vehicles and weapons, ambulances and Howitzer guns during the Boer War and WWI) and was eventually renamed OTTAWA CAR & AIRCRAFT LIMITED in 1937, having outgrown its downtown location and expanded to Bowesville Rd where it's WWII activities directly led to the establishment of the first major airfields at Uplands and Rockcliffe, producing wartime aircraft for Armstrong and Avro and parts such as bomb doors, flaps and elevators for Lancaster bombers.

DID YOU ALSO KNOW?
- It required 10 cents and 30 minutes to ride the street car from downtown to BRITANNIA at the turn of the century.
- Ahearn & Soper's street cars were launched BEFORE TORONTO & MONTREAL had theirs, customized for Ottawa winters with the innovation of special snow-clearing rotating brushes.
- Ahearn & Soper's street cars were the FIRST IN THE WORLD TO BE ELECTRICALLY HEATED, featuring Ahearn's patented invention of an electrically-heated water system.
- In 1878 Thomas Ahearn unknowingly infringed on Alexander Graham Bell's patent by making Ottawa's FIRST LONG DISTANCE PHONE CALL using handmade sets from cigar boxes he constructed after reading an article in Scientific American. Subsequently the recently formed Bell Telephone Company hired Ahearn, at the age of 25, to run their Ottawa operation in 1880.
- Ahearn & Soper installed the PARLIAMENT BUILDINGS' FIRST TELEPHONE SYSTEM in 1882.
- In 1892 Thomas Ahearn invented, patented and demonstrated purportedly the world's FIRST ELECTRIC OVEN, preparing the world's first meal cooked completely by electricity at Ottawa's Windsor Hotel, at the northeast corner of Queen & Metcalfe, and introduced it to the world at Chicago's 1893 World's Fair.
- Ahearn & Soper started up the first of their light & power businesses in 1887, eventually evolving them into the OTTAWA LIGHT, HEAT & POWER COMPANY by 1908, providing decades of private sector competition for Ottawa Hydro.
- In 1899 Ahearn was the FIRST IN OTTAWA TO DRIVE AN AUTOMOBILE (it was electric).
- In 1901 Ahearn & Soper received accolades when they magnificently electrically lit up PARLIAMENT HILL, MAJORS HILL PARK and the ALEXANDRA BRIDGE for the visit of the future KING GEORGE V and QUEEN MARY.
- Ahearn & Soper introduced electric lighting to industries such as lumber mills, dramatically increasing productive time for Ottawa area enterprises.
- Ahearn had close relationships with prime ministers WILFRID LAURIER and MACKENZIE KING, helping with the purchase of LAURIER HOUSE and installing the electrical wiring for King's cottage at KINGSMERE.
- King appointed Ahearn CHAIRMAN of the OTTAWA IMPROVEMENT COMMISSION (predecessor of the NCC) in the 1920s where Ahearn spearheaded improvements to the DRIVEWAY, ISLAND PARK DRIVE, and the building of the CHAMPLAIN BRIDGE.
- King also appointed Ahearn to the PRIVY COUNCIL and the National Advisory Committee on the ST LAWRENCE WATERWAY.
- An avid inventor, Ahearn eventually held over TWO DOZEN CANADIAN AND U.S. PATENTS.
- Ahearn's son, Frank, eventually ran his father's businesses and was FIRST OWNER of the NHL-era Stanley Cup winning OTTAWA SENATORS and, in the 1930s was elected to Parliament.
- Ahearn's daughter, Ethel, married Harry Southam, long-time publisher of the OTTAWA CITIZEN and founding Chancellor of CARLETON COLLEGE (UNIVERSITY) 1952-1954.
- The city purchased the Ottawa Electric Railway in 1948 and it became the OTC, and later OC TRANSPO.
- The LAST OF THE STREET CARS came to a stop in 1959.
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Ben Weiss shares one of those dreams we have during an Ottawa Winter ... of summer on the beach at Britannia.

Writes Ben:

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Would leave with a friend or two, bring a lunch, hop onto the streetcar and spend the day, coming home for supper time. Wonderful memories.. ......C

Thomas Ahearn did not invent the electric oven, and never claimed to have. It is often stated the Ahearn obtained an 1892 patent for "an electric oven." But in that Canadian Patent, 39916, Ahearn claims only to have "invented certain new and useful improvements in electric ovens" - implicitly acknowledging that electric ovens were known devices. Among the improvements patented were electric lighting inside the oven, and a glass window into it. From page 1 of Ahearn's patent 39916 (red underline is mine)

Cigar box phones? The claim that Thomas Ahearn made Ottawa's first long distance telephone call, using equipment of his own construction in 1878, is surely apocryphal. Most biographies of Ahearn do not mention it. Newspapers of the day avidly followed the developments in telephony, but I can find no contemporaneous mention of an Ottawa demonstration by Ahearn. In early February of 1878, the Montreal Telegraph Company demonstrated long distance telephony from its Ottawa office using both Bell equipment and equipment patented by Cyrille Duquet of Quebec City. These demonstrations were reported in the Ottawa Citizen. Ahearn had been employed in Ottawa as a telegraph operator for Montreal Telegraph, and the Bell telephone office Ahearn later managed originally belonged to the Montreal company, but I'm not sure he was with that company in 1878. From the Ottawa Citizen Feb. 1, 1878

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Friday December 21st, 2018

Advertisement for Santa's Workshop at Ottawa's Westgate Shopping Centre in December of 1955.

The picture is not too clear, but you get the idea.

The workshop was in a log cabin, placed in the corner of the parking lot near Handy Andy's and ... Kresge's?

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Advertisement for Santas Workshop at Ottawas Westgate Shopping Centre in December of 1955. 

The picture is not too clear, but you get the idea. 

The workshop was in a log cabin, placed in the corner of the parking lot near Handy Andys and ... Kresges? 

(From the Ottawa Citizen)

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When I was a little kid, early 80s, my mom brought me to Westgate and when you went down the escalator there was a little Santa workshop. Kids could go in and get help from elves to pick out Christmas gifts for their parents. They would wrap them for you too. I thought it was the coolest thing.

Going to miss Westgate when it's gone.

Julie VW, Wow, we were just here the other day, exactly behind this spot at Rock n' Johnny's, about 63 years after this was taken!

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Friday December 21st, 2018

Our friends at the Bytown Museum share an Ottawa outing.

Asks the Bytown:What does your office Christmas party look like? 🀣

The Duke of Connaught and friends - including his wife Princess Louise, and daughter Princess Patricia - at Rockcliffe Cabin in the winter of 1913.

[Bytown Museum, P3143]
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Our friends at the Bytown Museum share an Ottawa outing.

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Never heard of any of them.

Another great photo of times past.

They look cold

Thursday December 20th, 2018

Christine Stinson shares a photo of herself at Ottawa favourite department store -- Freiman's!

Says Christine:This photo was taken of me by my Mom at Freiman’s Department Store December 1957 on Rideau Street Ottawa. They always had a Magical Christmas display in their windows. Santa spoke to you through the Microphone He moved his arms.
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Christine Stinson shares a photo of herself at Ottawa favourite department store -- Freimans!

Says Christine:

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Murphy Gamble's on Sparks put on a very nice one too.

I remember the train you could ride in that went around the toy department.

Loved the malt shop in the basement and the windows

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Thursday December 20th, 2018

Folks walks through the winter desolation of Confederation Square circa 1959-60, when it functioned as a traffic circle.

Way over on the right there's someone in denial about about Ottawa winters, still driving their British sports car.

The Chateau really needed a cleaning in those days after so many years of locomotives going by ...

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Folks walks through the winter desolation of Confederation Square circa 1959-60, when it functioned as a traffic circle.

Way over on the right theres someone in denial about about Ottawa winters, still driving their British sports car.

The Chateau really needed a cleaning in those days after so many years of locomotives going by ...

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Wood and coal burning caused a lot of the black deposits on the buildings. I watched the replacement of several stones in the parliament hill fence wall in the 70's - the last steps included a black stain to make the very light stone match

If you look at the bus and follow its intended path you’ll see it’s going to go clockwise around the square, against the flow of a traffic circle ... Confusion!

Thankfully it's not with today's drivers...that would be a car wreck roundabout!

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Thursday December 20th, 2018

We had some Ottawa hockey players drinking their milk the other day. Here's what looks like the cap to a jug from Ottawa's Plante Dairy ... well RR #4 Ottawa anyway.

Love the phone number! TA for Talbot? Taylor?

Shared by Glen Conway.
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We had some Ottawa hockey players drinking their milk the other day. Heres what looks like the cap to a jug from Ottawas Plante Dairy ... well RR #4 Ottawa anyway.

Love the phone number! TA for Talbot? Taylor?

Shared by Glen Conway.

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In 1941, Plante's Dairy ads gave the location as Billings Bridge. Talbot 2, introduced ca. 1960, was listed as being associated with the Metcalfe Highway (31) which would go along with the Billings Bridge description. From the Journal, Mar. 10, 1941

Today, the 613-822-0337 number points to the Anderson Links golf course in Carlsbad Springs. Might the Plante Dairy have been on that property?

Grew up in Alta Vista - our phone number started with RE-3 - no idea what the RE stood for, but it eventually became 733.

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Wednesday December 19th, 2018

Ottawa kids peer into the store windows at what I'm thinking is a Freiman's Department Store, December 13, 1955.

Santa looks like he's too busy playing with the train set to pay attention to no kids!

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Ottawa kids peer into the store windows at what Im thinking is a Freimans Department Store, December 13, 1955.

Santa looks like hes too busy playing with the train set to pay attention to no kids!

(City of Ottawa Archives CA035873)

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Felt sad when they stopped doing this. Loved our Christmas visit to AJ Freiman Window, Santa, Elevator Operator with white gloves, to the basement for a Malted Milk in a great glass ❀ wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing this pic! πŸŽ„πŸŽ„πŸŽ„

Frieman’s always had the best Christmas windows ! Going downtown to see the Christmas windows was a big event when I was a kid !

If I am not mistaken that looks like a Lionel Train set. I still have my dads from the 1940's. I still have a lot of track, too.

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Wednesday December 19th, 2018

You never know what you'll find ... and in some cases you might be able fill out your own certificate for the Great Ottawa Snow of 1970-71!

Shared by Mark Rehder:Came across this in a stack of unused paper I’d found in a desk in my new place. Looks like the previous tenant just filed it away and it has sat ever since.
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You never know what youll find ... and in some cases you might be able fill out your own certificate for the Great Ottawa Snow of 1970-71!

Shared by Mark Rehder:

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Our driveway that winter. I was the only kid still at home so guess who did most of the shovelling.

Climbed from the snow bank onto the roof at one point.

Me and two of my brothers went out and dug a deep hole in a very tall snowbank we then laid a few sheets across the top of the hole and sprinkled a little snow on top to hide the hole and the reason we did this was because a few of the children from St Laurent School ( which was later getting out of school than we were ) always walked on top of the snowbanks on their way home and so...it didn’t take long for one of them ( a young boy with a back pack ) came walking towards our booby trap and next thing you know he disappears into the abyss, poor kid couldn’t get out on his own and we ended up having to help him out.

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