Lost Ottawa Facebook 2019

Here are all the Lost Ottawa posts that appeared on Facebook in 2019, starting with the most recent and going backwards.

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Monday December 30th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Carolyn Fay shares the Morning Puzzler with this picture from Metcalfe, Ontario, about 40 minutes south of Ottawa and just east of Bank Street.

Looks like a carriage maker?

Writes Carolyn:This was found at a garage sale in metcalfe Ontario. Im hoping someone can tell me anything about it.
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Carolyn Fay shares the Morning Puzzler with this picture from Metcalfe, Ontario, about 40 minutes south of Ottawa and just east of Bank Street.

Looks like a carriage maker?

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From the parts on display these may be wheelwrights - specialist suppliers to carriage-makers

Here is list of wheel manufacturers and wheelwrights in eastern Ontario in 1897 from Farmer’s and Business Directory. Given the number of workmen, I would say this is photo of the workers from the Ontario Wheel Company in Gananoque.

Can you imagine what these people would say to see all the technology we have now? They would be lost for sure 🌺🌺🌺

Could also be Carkner’s mill in kenmore It was a busy mill back in the day!!

There is a place in Vernon called Osgoode Township Museum and they may be able to help

BTW...Metcalfe is IN the City of Ottawa. It's a nice drive. 😁

Martha - any long-ago family of your friends and neighbours here, you think?

Diane Nadon...can you help?..you spent more time there than anyone I know Ma...😘😘

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Monday December 30th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Debbi Burnie shares a a fabulous photo of ten ladies visiting downtown Ottawa. Love their attire, especially the hats!

Writes Debbi:Found this photo in an old album of my grandparents Hindson’s 1918. The partial parliament buildings in Ottawa in the background
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Debbi Burnie shares a a fabulous photo of ten ladies visiting downtown Ottawa. Love their attire, especially the hats!

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What a terrific picture. I wonder what the small bldg in front on the left is?

Love the hemlines too. All exactly the same — there must have been an accepted “x inches from the floor” measurement.

When the nuns introduced gymnastics in my high school, we had to get bloomers and a skirt. They actually measured the hemlines, 2 inches above the knee. So I agree, also, I am remembering yard sticks with chalk to do just that that seamstresses had.

Well, considering the time, at least one of them was smiling. 🙂

Incredible photo. Are there any more showing those buildings under construction?

Yes they did dress up. My grandparents even wore a suit and day dress at the cottage!

I, too, would like to know what that small building is on the left. Construction headquarters?

I love this site. I just love old pictures. I will share some of mine. Please keep sharing memories. To me who no longer lives in Ottawa, I am grateful for the memories.

“The Wild Bunch”

that's awesome!! <3

Very chic!

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Sunday December 29th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Sunday Drive ... from Ottawa to Edelweiss in this mud-covered Chevy for a nice day on the slopes in 1968.

Or you could take the Tommy & Lefebvre bus from downtown, which is unloading its passenger in the background.

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Sunday Drive ... from Ottawa to Edelweiss in this mud-covered Chevy for a nice day on the slopes in 1968.

Or you could take the Tommy & Lefebvre bus from downtown, which is unloading its passenger in the background. 

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My sister provided me with this picture - she said it was from 1964 and was taken at Edelweiss.

Used to take that bus every Saturday morning - $5, included your ski pass!

That had to be the worst road to drive for spring skiing. Drove my mother's new Austin 1100 one time and then stopped at the Bank & Carling self car wash to remove the evidence, but my father showed me the mud in the door openings the next morning.

I might well be in that group - I rode the ski bus many times. Always had a fun day.

It makes me think about the drivers’ abilities required then... those cars generally were back wheel drive and perhaps no winter tires in those days?

we used to go night skiing there. We had a school mate whose parents, at the time, owned the Chateau Diotte in Wakefield. It was one of our stops on the way home.

I‘ve seen those trunk racks @ garage sales, and had no idea what they were for! Interesting

Lessons were in 1963 when I went.

wow love it! used to go every weekend from Tommy & Lefebvre. also remember having to hitchhike home once for missing the bus. yep hitchhiked at 11ish! no mobile phones back then 🤣

Oh yes, I remember the T &L buses from town. I started working there in 1977 A lifetime ago.

That bus was such a great idea. Is there anything like that now?

62 Chev puts this in perspective , I would have been dropped at the bus in my dads green one, or more likely at Richmond and Island Park to hitch a ride

The back end is riding a little low, I wonder how many cement blocks are in the trunk to help with the traction in the snow?

When trunks were huge but skiis were bigger ...

I rode that bus in 66 and skied there for a few seasons would also go night skying

'62 Chevy Biscayne ?

I remember taking the bus from mann Avenue for $4 included ride back

Great picture. Brings back memories. We took ski lessons at Hogs Back Park before the Heron Road bridge was built so pre-1966(?). I believe the lessons were organized through the RA Centre since both my parents were civil servants. We would get on an OTC bus at Landsdowne.

I remember those days although I did most of my down hill skiing at Camp Fortune.

I recall those ski racks on the trunk... and muddy roads at the ski hills I used..

I spent the eighties skiing at Edelweiss, twice a week most winters. I was there the day the main lift broke and started going backwards really rapidly, with not an empty chair on it. My dad was next to get on; he and some other guys were grabbing the people off the chairs as they came whizzing by, and throwing them to the side as fast as they could, in time to grab the next chair-load of people. It didn't last very long, but it was pretty intense until they got the breaks engaged.

Some ski hills broadcast music for the skiers, perhaps to entertain those waiting in those long lift lines. Edelweiss played rock (pop) music, like the Beatles. At another ski hill (Ayers, at Lachute), the music was polkas, yodelling, and other music more related to the Alps. 🙂

You had to be lucky on a real cold day to get them started.

yes and the mud and salt covering the car is also covering most of those skis. Yuck.

I took those lessons too. Around 1967. Near Mooney's Bay.

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Sunday December 29th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Sunday Drivers ... featuring an assemblage of some of Ottawa's earliest automobiles, thought to be on the lawn outside City Hall, when it was located at Elgin and Queen (now the NAC).

The occasion is described as a meeting of the Ottawa Old Boys celebrating Ottawa's Golden Jubilee in 1904. On the photo it says, "City's first automobile parade."

Only the car at front left looks like an actual car. The others are more like contraptions than cars! But still, there are quite a few of them for such an early date.

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Sunday Drivers ... featuring an assemblage of some of Ottawas earliest automobiles, thought to be on the lawn outside City Hall, when it was located at Elgin and Queen (now the NAC).

The occasion is described as a meeting of the Ottawa Old Boys celebrating Ottawas Golden Jubilee in 1904. On the photo it says, Citys first automobile parade. 

Only the car at front left looks like an actual car. The others are more like contraptions than cars! But still, there are quite a few of them for such an early date.

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Ottawa did not celebrate a "Golden Jubilee" in 1904. As indicated in Geof Wyght's clips, this 1904 event was a weekend excursion back to Ottawa by the Ottawa Old Boys association of Toronto. This much smaller event should not be confused with the Golden Jubilee (of Ottawa as the Capital) celebrations of 1907. It was billed as a "Golden Jubilee" and as a"Summer Carnival and Old Boys' Reunion and Celebration of the Capital's Semi-Centenary."

I recently purchased a 1906 map of the Ottawa area at Pathfinders in Carleton Plane. 22"x28" in color. What a difference with very few roads and lots of railways.

I see lots of pictures of Sunday drives in Lost Ottawa...does anyone go for a Sunday drive anymore? Certainly the novelty of driving and seeing the sights must have worn off. And I’m guessing meandering slowly down a country road is likely frowned on....and maybe we don’t want to use the gas....commets? Ideas?

Needless to say these weren’t meant for winter driving?

They aren't contraptions, they are the first automobiles before the one in the foreground.

To have one of these cars today...wow. Wonder if it was a comfortable drive?...

There were so many independent auto makers in those days competing to get their idea of a car to market,...they are all real. The far right looks like a Buick.

Not much protection in an accident 😮

Just amazing!!! Down down memory lane

I bet driving in the snow was fun!

And, that beautiful building in the rear was taken down.😞

The one on the right is a “Curved-dash” Oldsmobile.

Actually the first cars made in the late 1800s cars looked like this peugeot images.app.goo.gl/rAnSwpPtwpdgTHZF6

What an astounding photo!

Great photo.

Like 1909.

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Saturday December 28th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Earlier today we had a picture of Ottawa's wood market on William street in the Byward circa 1920.

Here's three pictures of how the wood got to the market -- dragged by horse and wagon across the frozen Ottawa River from Pointe Gatineau.

The third picture shows a load going up a hill, and at first I though this was beside the canal. The more I think if it the more I suspect its actually above the old Queen's Wharf on the other side of Nepean Point, below the Mint.

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Earlier today we had a picture of Ottawas wood market on William street in the Byward circa 1920.

Heres three pictures of how the wood got to the market -- dragged by horse and wagon across the frozen Ottawa River from Pointe Gatineau.

The third picture shows a load going up a hill, and at first I though this was beside the canal. The more I think if it the more I suspect its actually above the old Queens Wharf on the other side of Nepean Point, below the Mint.

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Every time I see pictures of these times, I can't get over just how hard these gentleman (and horses) toiled.

My great grandparents lived around Chelsea in the late 1800s. He was a logger along the Gatineau. She was buried in Chelsea, but he "probably" died during the winter. We were told that those who died during the winter were "buried" where they died, on whichever side of the river was closest!

You got that right! Just Let’s not forget how hard their wives worked as well!

That was when the Ottawa froze hard enough to take the weight.

All developed along the shore now but the high point in the hills in the top picture that slopes down to the east is near Chelsea Meech Lake road Still distinguishable from this angle

Lots of snow but not a snowflake among them.

Gerry Kelly

Mathew Bray

James Miller

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Saturday December 28th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Roy Tubman shares some Ottawa swag!

It's from the RPT TV and appliance store on Sparks Street.

Writes Roy:Remember when you needed to read the temperature from a thermometer that was early "swag" for a Ottawa business.
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Roy Tubman shares some Ottawa swag! 

Its from the RPT TV and appliance store on Sparks Street.

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I have (in the past) serviced many console radios with the RPT stamp on them...

My godfather Roger Barette was their piano tuner for like 30 years ..he would service the clients and all by bus and he had a doctors bag ...was so cool ...he often brought me with him ... this was in 60's mostly

Our house had one of those for years!

Robertson, Pringle and Tilley

I surprised myself by knowing what RPT stood for.

Remember that store!!

Dan Guay you need this

Oh I recognize the name!!

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Saturday December 28th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Saturday Shopping in Lost Ottawa ... where you might head downtown to the "wood market" to pick up some fuel to keep you and your family warm in 1922.

As near as I can tell, the wood merchants seem to have traditionally congregated on William Street and you are looking south on William towards the corner of William and York.

The building on the far corner (to the right) is now the Fish Market restaurant, the building to the left of that has been many things over the years including Stony Monday's and Fat Tuesday's. Now it's a Starbucks.

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Saturday Shopping in Lost Ottawa ... where you might head downtown to the wood market to pick up some fuel to keep you and your family warm in 1922.

As near as I can tell, the wood merchants seem to have traditionally congregated on William Street and you are looking south on William towards the corner of William and York.

The building on the far corner (to the right) is now the Fish Market restaurant, the building to the left of that has been many things over the years including Stony Mondays and Fat Tuesdays. Now its a Starbucks.

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my husbands grandfather was one of the first coals dealer who then sold heating fuel in ottawa.

I think the building to the left is Randy River which has been there for ever and a day

That *VER on the left of photo. Is that "Irving River" that early?

Spent many many Tuesday nights at Stoney's for $1 beers. Ah, the days you could get tanked for $30

From Google street view.

Could be useful these days, too - I’m hoping my parents in Ottawa won’t need to use their woodburning stove if the ice storm hits this week!!

John Ketchum owned Stoneys. Then the outback.

Bruce Edwards follow this page! Its fascinating!

Love love these pictures !

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Friday December 27th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Friday Night in Lost Ottawa, with cabbies waiting for winter business on Wellington Street in 1914.

Looks like the customers could stay warm inside the cabs, but the drivers still had to sit outside the freezing cold. Imagine one of these pulling up after you ordered your cab on Uber!

Chateau Laurier and the "Daly Building" in the background when it was still the A.E. Rea Department Store.
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Friday Night in Lost Ottawa, with cabbies waiting for winter business on Wellington Street in 1914. 

Looks like the customers could stay warm inside the cabs, but the drivers still had to sit outside the freezing cold. Imagine one of these pulling up after you ordered your cab on Uber! 

Chateau Laurier and the Daly Building in the background when it was still the A.E. Rea Department Store.
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In 1893 the Women's Humane Society arranged for three cabmen's shelters. The one at George St. at Sussex appears in several photos. A while ago, Bytown Museum shared this photo of the one on Wellington:

The hotel was pretty new at this point, about 2 years. By the end of the decade there were probably more motorized cabs than horse drawn.

Today we have automatic car starters, and people still complain of the cold in getting to their cars!

Winter backup in case the LRT goes down again.

Some of the carriages may well have belonged to J. Templeman, Livery and Hack, on Albert Street - as recently discussed on Lost Ottawa.

Now, can you imagine this same photo shot with that GD proposed addition to the Chateau ?

The horses had to endure the cold too.

My grand-maman worked at the A.E.Rae Department Store !

Don't kid yourself. Nobody "stayed warm," in those cab's. They were slightly less cold inside than out. The main difference being the absence of wind chill. Brutal.

That was the year (1914) that my mother was born. She saw so many changes in her almost century-long life that it is hard to really appreciate the resilience of that generation. The increase in the basic standard of living over the decades was just enormous not to mention the change in the status of women in our society.

Great photo! Thanks for sharing.

So terrible that someone is trying to add on a box at the side.

Didnt the hotel have a covered entrance as well? There was one on the delivery side too

Incredible photo of days gone by.

Amazing that the hotel looks the same

I am freezing, just looking at it.

Love it! ❤️

Great pic 🇨🇦✌🏻

Ice fishing house sitting on skis...

Love this pic.

Pre-Uber days

Wonderful photo.

lovely to see these pics🙂

Interesting pic.

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Friday December 27th, 2019
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Friday December 27th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Nice "Winter in Ottawa" pic here, taken near the end of Fifth Avenue in the Glebe, and looking north up the Rideau Canal.

To my eyes it looks the person there in the middle of the canal is pushing a bicycle. One of the first to pioneer bicycling in snow?

In the background you can make out the wooden bridge they used to build across the canal in Winter through the '50s and into the '60s
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Nice Winter in Ottawa pic here, taken near the end of Fifth Avenue in the Glebe, and looking north up the Rideau Canal.

To my eyes it looks the person there in the middle of the canal is pushing a bicycle. One of the first to pioneer bicycling in snow?

In the background you can make out the wooden bridge they used to build across the canal in Winter through the 50s and into the 60s

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I saw this on my way to work and had to go back at lunch to stop and get a photo, Russell road near Ramsayville Rd

A timeless winter scene in Ottawa....

That may be one of my cycling friends... Some are hard core and cycle 12 months of the year..

Looks like St. Patrick's College on the other side of the canal.

St Pat's College on the right. Is that the "new" wing for the School of Social Work?

And now it’s Immaculata High School! Where my grandchildren are students....and phys ed is sometimes just a skate on the canal

Me and my brothers spent many days walking there and the experimental farm

I think people biked in the winter since biking began. They just didn't make a big deal about it like they do nowadays with "fat bikes", etc.

That would not be a horse and sulkie would it??

I would put a bet on that the wooden bridge didn't cost $22million.

If he/she was pushing a bike, wouldn't it have been easier to use the bridge?

Yes, I’ve stood right there! Beautiful photo!

I knew exactly where this picture was. 🙂

Despite zooming to my browser's max of 500%, I still couldn't make out what the person in the photo was doing but I can say that most winters for the past ~30 years I delight in heading out over the snow in the fields of the surrounding countryside (rural Kanata) on a bike. When conditions are right , deep snow that would otherwise be a chore to slog through, will develop a crust on top that is firm enough to support normal skinny mountain bike tires without breaking the surface. The dogs enjoy those days too because they can pick frozen apples from limbs that they wouldn't be able to reach otherwise and have great"ice wine"-induced afternoon naps afterwards.

I zoomed in as well, It’s definitely a person pushing a bicycle

Beautiful picture. I used the bridge for years.

Gorgeous!

Great photo.

and St Pats COllege on the right??

Beautiful quiet scene ....

Gorgeous shot!

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Friday December 27th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Marie Clausén shares a Christmas Puzzler about this collection of Xmas carols from the Ottawa Citizen.

Writes Marie:

"I have this old carolling booklet published by the Ottawa Citizen and would love to know when it is from. Can anyone give theyear?"
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Marie Clausén shares a Christmas Puzzler about this collection of Xmas carols from the Ottawa Citizen.

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I have this old carolling booklet published by the Ottawa Citizen and would love to know when it is from. Can anyone give theyear?

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Due to a typo, I ran a search for "Songs of hristmas" in Citizen archives, and got only one hit, LOL. 🙂 (A Frisby Tire ad Nov. 14, 1962.)

We had a stack of these for extended-family Christmas gatherings. (photo: Christmas 2000)

Both the citizen and the journal, would issue those to all the schools as well. We would use them in class to sing Christmas carols.

There were multiple editions of these Citizen sheets, starting about 1959, to at least 1977. I have this one of unknown year, with 21 songs. (I believe the earliest ones had 13.)

They did this for many years. I remember them from elementary school in the 1970s

I remember these! Got to be around the 1970s. Wish I could find something like this today! Would be handy for a retirement residence where I volunteer.

More like the 60s. Sure bring back the memories of caroling. <3

We used these as my family (parents and siblings) gathered around singing Christmas carols after our Christmas dinner. Great memories!

Patricia! I would love one or could we photo copy some? I was in Gatineau and Jacob and I with Grand Papa sang for an hour in the basement but does not know all the words and my first Christmas song was in England (did not speak a word of English ) The Holly and the Ivy!

My sister has several copies, and we use them for our singalongs while decorating her tree.

I remember these! They were awesome and well used from cover to cover!

When it started.

My mother got a pile of these from the Citizen, but doesn't remember if it was the 70s or 80s.

We had several editions in our piano bench for many years. My mom collected them in the 70s.

You might find a clue as to the year by checking the ads placed in the booklet. I have one with an ad anouncing a grand opening of a shop. It should be easy enough to track down the year, less the shop's gone.

Yes they were a regular installment from the paper boy back in the day.. I remember them through the 60s.

I grew up in Montreal and remember them printing them in the Star and then in the Gazette. I have to say I like the way the Citizen did it

They were printed for many years and distributed to the community

We got them in the 60s at school I was in grade 3 or 4

The font style says 70s.

1970s. Probably ‘73-‘74. Remember this one from school!

Given to me from former mother in law. (Le Droit)

My guess? 74'-75' I remember this artwork.

Does anyone remember the Ottawa Journal`s weekend insert magazine called `Star Weekly`?

I think the Journal printed them as they printed the colour comics

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Thursday December 26th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Stephane Vermette shares an awesome Christmas find! I wonder if it gets better over the years like wine?

Notes Stephane:In my 80-year old mother’s basement. This has some age.
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Stephane Vermette shares an awesome Christmas find! I wonder if it gets better over the years like wine?

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When we moved to Ottawa in 1968, there was a Steinberg in a small strip mall where Bayshore Shopping Centre now stands. When Bayshore was built in 1973, the Steinberg continued on in the mall for a few years (at checkout, they would load your groceries into plastic bins, put them on a conveyor belt, and give you a ticket. You brought your car to their exterior sidedoors around the back of the mall where the lower level of the Winners is now, presented your ticket, and they loaded your bags into your car. Service!!). These bottles would have to be late ‘70s, I would think.

Don’t forget Steinbergs, Miracle Mart and Pascals on Merivale Road

Steinbergs and Miracle Mart were across the street from Carlingwood Mall at one time.

Oh my god! Bitter Lemon, my parents used that as mix with gin.....at Christmas time and on special occasions I would steal a sip...memories....

I’d love to try the bitter lemon. For anyone interested, there’s a drawing of Steinberg’s on Montreal Road in Vanier up in the Karsh-Masson Gallery at City Hall until January 12. Drawn by late Ottawa artist Mathieu Trudel. www.facebook.com/KarshMasson/photos/a.2732031736856585/2732135063512919?type=3&sfns=mo

First steinberg’s in Ottawa was at Westgate, where the Shoppers is today. Business shut down around ‘89, I vaguely recall.

I think it was Loblaws at Billings Bridge Mall. We used to get our groceries… I was in high school… And that amazingly handsome Terry Williams used to pack our groceries! I made my mother shop there! LOL

Worked in the car order pickup at Steinberg’s through high school. Great job. Unionized (UFCW). Those were the days.

This reminds me of "Gini" the bitter lemon drink that came in small bottles. My parents kept some for a mixer at parties. I used to sometimes sneak it as I loved the tart lemon taste but... I got in trouble - it was just for adults!LOL

I used to buy groceries at the Steinberg at Elmvale Shopping Centre. If i remember correctly, it was eventually replaced by what is now a Loblaws. I shopped at Steinberg many, many times. We were poor students living near by and we used to buy the cheap cans of pasta sauce they sold and these really inexpensive breaded cutlets (can't remember if it was chicken or veal but it was tasty). We would buy super cheap pasta and put their also very inexpensive pasta sauce on top of the pasta and the cutlets for a very cheap meal (topped with cheese if we had it). Back then, we either went to IGA (also loved to shop there) or Steinberg. Really miss both of those stores in Ottawa. I don't remember Steinberg having their own brand of pop but knowing me, I probably did buy it especially if it was really cheap. We had to save every penny for school.

There used to be a Steinbergs on Leduc st. In Hull yrs and yrs ago! I remember I used to stand out side and help people put their groceries in their cars, sometimes people would give me a tip, sometimes not! The manager depending on who it was , they would kick you out, cuz they didn’t want you bilking more money out of their customers! They didn’t like that!😔😉🎸

I remember the Steinberg brand and of course, Pure Spring to today. The groceries service is still available at Billings Bridge.

I remember a Steinberg’s and Miracle Mart in Hull when we lived there in 1974 and the same stores at Bayshore when we moved to Ottawa in 1975. Not sure when they closed.

I used to work for Steinberg’s many moons ago. What a great find!!

When we moved to Elmvale Acres in 1960 Steinberg sat in the middle of a big parking lot that became the Elmvale Acres shopping centre. Eventually Steinberg was replaced by Loblaws which is still there today.

I kept a bottle of Gini for many years. Would not dare to drink it however.

I bought a camp stove off Kijiji a few years ago and it still had the original box and the price tag was Steinberg. I did some googling at the time because I never heard of the store before. I don't recall when I got back to results but I did get some history of it.

Awesome find! Pascals, Miracle Mart and the Steinberg family's namesake grocery dominated Ottawa's retail scene for years. One of the Steinberg daughters, Mitzy Dobrin, struck out on her own and became a retail maven in her own right with Reitmans clothing chain.

Do we know the age of these bottles? What a great find!

I remember Steinbergs and MM where Fairlawn plaza now stands. Used to buy my records there in the early 70’s.

Steinberg!!! I remember that store. Memories are very vague because I was quite young when the stores disappeared, but I do remember it.

Bitter lemon is used in a recipie of my 88 year old aunt at christmas time for a desert

The Steinberg Orange bottle says "750 ml" so that one was probably produced during or after 1976

Wow, Steinberg's now that is a name from the past.

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Thursday December 26th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

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Deannie Lunyk shares a picture of a Princess Elizabeth at an Ottawa square dancing party in 1951, when she was on a cross-country tour filling in for her ailing father.

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"Older" folks remember the Queen as a young and beautiful woman. Now, she is old and beautiful.

Going to dances back in those days was considered quite sociable. Life was so much simpler then. No one had much (money, social status, etc) but they sure knew how to have fun.

Look at her expression. She rarely had this face a few years later...

I’ve a book with this photo included. The caption misspells the city as “Ottowa”.

Wow they look just regular folk here.

So Prince William isn't the only one who came to Canada to party😂😂

Wow, square dancing in heels. That takes guts.

Odd coincidence... This picture was hanging in a gallery of old photos from the New York Times in the Toronto Markham Marriott hotel that we stayed at last weekend. I noted it for the naturalness of Princess Elizabeth's expression. downtownmarkham.ca/community/art/new-york-times-canadian-photo-archive/

Heard this photo was taken at Tequila Jacks Ottawa

Too bad we can't share this pic with them both

We were all young once.

I agree with Debbie , life was simpler

Scott, you’ll like this.

*philip

Joan Terris

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Thursday December 26th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

De Gooyer Steven shares a post about the "proving grounds" out in what is now Ottawa's east end.

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Our father Lt.Col. B.D. (Doug) Irvin was the original CO of this facility.

My Dad worked there from 1959 to 1966. I vaguely remember getting tours including some tanks, but my favourite (since I was not yet old enough for school) was the fire engine - fire department right on site - I got to turn on the siren a couple of times 🙂 .

I can add to how poor a decision to close LETE was. There was international testing of army vehicles and equipment done there. There was equipment tested that despite the political push to accept the contract there was push back thus ruining several careers. Could this possibly be why the later trucks were accepted? I suspect as much. Better a career problem than equipment problems. Closing the establishment was detrimental to furthering Canada’s standing internationally. Ottawa is a prime location for testing weather effects on equipment as we have the driest-coldest, driest-hottest, humid-coldest and humid-hottest weather internationally. Deeply disappointed in our governments for not returning to our own testing.

So, closing down LETE was, in effect, a classic boondoggle. I remember that even in 1999, when I first started at Defence, some of the old-timers were still vocally bitter about the closure. And, I might add, the LSVWs as well.

I remember taking the Ottawa Safety Council's Off Road Motorcycle course there back in about 1973. Great fun!

Thanks for the history. I used to marvel at those giant steep hills as a child, and as an adult this facility was part of our portfolio when owned by the RCMP.. we were contracted by then to manage the site. (PWGSC)

I remember on Sunday civilians were allowed to run the concrete hills in front of the base.

My father was in the army and he was stationed there. He tested vehicles. We always referred to it as the Proving Ground.

Quite the pile of junk. Many friends in the forces won’t trust them to get milk, let alone in action.

This is still in use by the RCMP as the Technical and Protective Operations Facility. The VIP / dignitary protection units in Ottawa mostly base out of there, as well as units such as the RCMP armoury and the RCMP/Ottawa Police joint CBRNE team. The driving track is still in use by both the Mounties and Ottawa for advanced driver training. Some other odds and ends are based there too.

The Proving Grounds sounds like a horror novel!

I worked there from the mid 80's till the closing. I have many great memories of my life there.

I was in the military. Worked there for 2 weeks in 1977.

I don't quite understand the quote ? The conservatives gave the contract to build the lousy Italian trucks to get votes in the West and then the Chrétien government closed down LETE ? I'm all mixed up.

Rcmp tactical is using it now I think

My wife grew up in Blackburn Hamlet in the early 70's on Cleroux Rd. She used to see tanks, APC's, jeeps and all sorts of other military vehicles driving around the complex. Now the RCMP's TPOF; Technical and Protective Operations Facility.

I learned to drive the Iltis there in 1988.... returned there to do some other training in 2006....

I believe that it may have been part of the Budd Farm. Only a couple of years before it’s closure, a significant state-of-the-Art Testing Facility was constructed. Such a waste of talent and infrastructure.

I was a test driver at L.E.T.E. for a few years right up to the closing. Was on the lsvw trials. The trucks were bought before we even started testing them. Biggest pieces of junk ever put together and everyone knew it.

Back in the '70s our sports car club was allowed to hold an event there. It was a very cool place. Sad to hear it's gone.

My dad was a civilian test driver there when he was younger. He said it was his favourite job.

I went to school at Blackburn Public.... we had low flying jets flying over all the time lol

Yes lots of fun with Ray and Dave if I’m correct

A while back, I created a composite image of this area from 1945 and shared it with the Blackburn Hamlet community group on Facebook. Here it is, with images from ssimpkin.carto.com, images 7298_7, 7298_6, 7298_5, 7298_4, and 7298_3.

Kudos to RCMP re: Rodgers Building and plaque. Classy move.

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Wednesday December 25th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

For those of you who missed our greetings this morning, here's a Season's Greetings just for you, featuring a Tuck "Oilette" postcard from around 1905.

This one has several of Ottawa "most lost" items in it -- the Russell House on the left and the Old Post Office in the middle, plus the ramshackle tin-roofed stairway down to Union Station before it was Union Station.

Last but not least ... my favourite thing about Ottawa in those times, namely the huge empty triangle in front of the Old Post Office, with the Sappers and Dufferin Bridges on either side.

Hope you are stuffed with turkey right now, like I am!
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For those of you who missed our greetings this morning, heres a Seasons Greetings just for you, featuring a Tuck Oilette postcard from around 1905.

This one has several of Ottawa most lost items in it -- the Russell House on the left and the Old Post Office in the middle, plus the ramshackle tin-roofed stairway down to Union Station before it was Union Station.

Last but not least ... my favourite thing about Ottawa in those times, namely the huge empty triangle in front of the Old Post Office, with the Sappers and Dufferin Bridges on either side.

Hope you are stuffed with turkey right now, like I am!

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The "empty triangle" contained the canal...

Ottawa looks quaint and perfect in this post card

How did you conclude the stairway was ramshackle?

The vault being cleaned and taking out or was being taking out from within the building that's why there s construction in the old post office been a while now

lovely post card - first time I see this version.

I worked at the Post Office back in early 1960 called the Langevin Block...

Interesting that there is no snow...

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Wednesday December 25th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

It's a little small, but it's still a picture of Santa in Ottawa. He's on his way to Freiman's Toyland in November 10, 1955.

Santa had just arrived at Union Station on the Santa Mystery Special from Vars, where he had flown in by helicopter. Thousands of kids got to take the train with Santa over the years.

Looks like the reindeer are taking him into the now lost Mosgrove Street.

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Its a little small, but its still a picture of Santa in Ottawa. Hes on his way to Freimans Toyland in November 10, 1955.

Santa had just arrived at Union Station on the Santa Mystery Special from Vars, where he had flown in by helicopter. Thousands of kids got to take the train with Santa over the years.

Looks like the reindeer are taking him into the now lost Mosgrove Street.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA041795)

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My dad was the conductor on the Santa train many times

I would have been there to watch the parade with my mom then go to Freeman’s for a malted milk 🎄🎄🎄

My aunt took my brother and I on the train from Vars to Union Station. We were probably at that parade. Santa’s helpers handed out hot chocolat and candy canes to us.

Malted milk bar at Freimans. Such a nice memory. I think we went there in the early 60’s shopping with mom I would love to have another glass of that yummy treat exist now only in a memory.

My dad worked at Freiman'sin the 50's. I so remember this and the malted milks...I tell my kids and grand-kids about it all the time.

I remember in the early 60’s going to see Santa at Friemans, and going down a big staircase all done in foil and tinsel to where Santa was. Loved it❤️

I remember Freiman's....5cent malt drinks.

I took that train but not in 1955. I wasn't born til '57. I don't know what year it stopped but I do remember being on it at least once.. Had no idea that was Vars. I'm pretty sure it was the north pole!!!

Freiman’s Christmas windows were magical for children young and old. Oh how I remember the malted milk. So nice to read that it was such a big hit with so many others.

I remember those malted At Freiman’s ,and I had one also at Wendy’s ,and they are as good as when I was young.

I don't remember being there but I sure remember all those Malted Milks I had at Freeman's. Great memories....

I worked in the toy dept for christmas in the 60's and played Rocking Around The Christmas Tree over and over it was the best time working ever in the store. Put the $ and recipts in the can that went into the air shoot too lots of fun. Kids had such a wonderful time at Christmas in that section.

I remember this so well. Every year our trip to see Freimans window and Santa so exciting. The train ride and the village display on Santa’s floor. Wow! Thanks for the memory. ❤️🎄

Oh, i remember that. It was so exciting, and then as you say Gail, go inside Freiman's for malted milk, it was the very best and the Freiman's Christmas Windows, full of toys, decorations, wishes and dreams.🌲💝💓

I remember going on the train to meet Santa Claus with my sister and mother

I was on that train around 1958. Still remember it!

I remember seeing Santa Claus at Freimans and having Malted Milks.

My mother worked at Freiman’s. Loved the hot malts.

I worked at Friemans after school and Saturdays 1959 earned 60 cents an hour $4.80 for all day Saturday

I remember those malted milks with my mom too💕🎄

It sounds like Friemans was the Woodward's of the east

Couldn't beat their Malts for a nickel.

me, got Freiman's photo with Santa when I was 5 that is black and white with colourized cheeks and Santa clothing...that tells you my age, eh?! (yea the snapshot was taken in 1948).....and it's a keeper - reminds me of being a young one....and I love this parade photo of Santa and reindeers!!!

Malts — lower level of Freiman’s

Freeman’s toyland was amazing!

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Wednesday December 25th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Christmas Greetings from Lost Ottawa!

And what better way to celebrate the day than a nice Tuck Oilette postcard, featuring the Lost Parliament Buildings sometime around 1905.

If only it was warm enough for nice drive around Parliament Hill in an open car!
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Christmas Greetings from Lost Ottawa!

And what better way to celebrate the day than a nice Tuck Oilette postcard, featuring the Lost Parliament Buildings sometime around 1905.

If only it was warm enough for nice drive around Parliament Hill in an open car!

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Merry Christmas to the gang at Lost Ottawa!

Wishing all here a Merry Christmas, cheers.

Thank you so, so much. I so appreciate the work that you do and for the many photos and articles that you post almost daily. Very Merry Christmas

That is an odd Christmas card, as there's no snow, nor coats - it looks like they used a summertime scene for the winter greetings.

my mother was babysitting her nieces and nephews in the apartments (then) across the street. She spoke of it all her life.

Always surprised by how much smaller the original Centre Block was.

Where's the snow?

I expect that someone in Lost Ottawa will be able to tell us the make, model and year of the car.

Merry Christmas and thanks for the wonderful pictures 🎄🎀🎁🎅💖

MERRY CHRISTMAS to all who administer and follow LOST (and found 🙂 ) OTTAWA!

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to all fans of Lost Ottawa. 😊

And if only there was no need for all the security barriers that we have now blocking the view!

It appears that "oilette" was a type of postcard (play of words on "wallet"?) and that the artist was Raphael Tuck.

Wishing all here a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Merry Christmas 🎄

Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and your family

🎄🎁❄💜🎅🤶☃️ Happy Christmas 🎄🎁❄💜🎅🤶☃️

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to the folks at Lost Ottawa.

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Tuesday December 24th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

If you're desperate for something new to watch on an Ottawa Xmas Eve, here's Santa, some sidewinders, and the Old West.

NFB animated short from Archive.org.

The Great Toy Robbery : National Film Board of Canada : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
Producer, Wolf Koening, Bob Verrall ; Director, Jeff Hale ; Story, Derek Lamb ; Animation, Jeff Hale, Cameron Guese ; Music, Don Douglas
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Tuesday December 24th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Santa delivers the gift of Canada, right here in Ottawa.

Goofy picture, I know, but it's just to say Merry Xmas and Best Wishes for the Season while we slack off over Christmas!
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Santa delivers the gift of Canada, right here in Ottawa.

Goofy picture, I know, but its just to say Merry Xmas and Best Wishes for the Season while we slack off over Christmas!

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Merry Christmas! Thanks for finding what we lost to the march of time. You do great work.

I love this so retro and Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and thanks for all that you do 😊

Merry Christmas. Enjoy the break!

Merry Christmas!

You deserve some slacking off time. Thank you for our Lost Ottawa and Merry Christmas and more fun in the New Year.

This image is great. Thank you for reminding us all of our wonderful city from the past and, hopefully, in the present, and for the future.

Going by the location, I would hazard a guess he is filled with hot air!

Mildly reminiscent of the final scenes the 1958 Hammer horror film Quatermass and the Pit.

Merry Christmas to you and Mrs Lost

Yesssssssss that he does big time.

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

Merry Christmas.

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Tuesday December 24th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

We're borrowing a great item from our friends at the Bytown Museum -- the Santa Streetcar put on by the Ottawa Electric Railway in 1896.

Check out the size of the crowd, looking west down Sparks Street from the balcony of the of Russell House hotel.

Who knew Santa could drive a streetcar as well as a sleigh!
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Were borrowing a great item from our friends at the Bytown Museum -- the Santa Streetcar put on by the Ottawa Electric Railway in 1896.

Check out the size of the crowd, looking west down Sparks Street from the balcony of the of Russell House hotel.

Who knew Santa could drive a streetcar as well as a sleigh!

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I updated it Lost Ottawa....Merrrrry Christmas.

This souvenir was shared last year by Bytown Museum:

It is a little known fact that this "project" was paid for personally by Mr. Soper of the OER. It included daily press reports of Santa's progress from the time he arrived (in Maniwaki, if I remember correctly, and down the valley of the Gatineau River to Ottawa. He also footed the bill for 4,000 oranges to be shipped from Florida (I believe) for Santa to distribute. Fresh oranges were a rare delicacy in Ottawa, in winter, and usually only available to families who had money. I remember my grandmother (born 1875) telling me that , she remembered receiving an orange, only at Christmas, if she had been a good girl all year. So the oranges were a huge deal for the kids back then.

What a great photo! The caption could read: "Who needs Times Square?!"

Looks like Blair and Tunney's LRT Station at rush hour! Sorry couldn't resist 😏

Sometimes...those simpler days seem so much better...maybe it’s just me...

Old Ottawa seemed to just love a parade! No matter the reason.

WOW!!!! The size of the crowd!! Note, as well, the huge letters "SC" for "Santa Clause" on the front of the trolley below the windows.

Just amazing and wonderful! Thank you for this.

Thank you Jean it a wonderful photo and even them all of these people that is something 😍

If only that streetcar had been saved! Beautiful!!

Omg...this is priceless...glad you were able to borrow so we could all see this lovely photo...🎄🎄🎄

Sparks street looks so different.

Priceless picture is right. LRT take note this is 1896 technology. Thank you for sharing.

The new LRT... Looks similar 😜

More dependable than LRT

Not the same spirit.

Wow lots of people out, Ottawa's population couldn't have been so big then

Wonder if my Grandfather was there?

Love, love, love this.

Great phota!

Love this

Just amazing

Wonderful photo!

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Tuesday December 24th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Doesn't look like we'll have a White Christmas in Ottawa this year, but we can still have a Snow Puzzler!

And the question is ... apart from the issue of our poor forebearers who had this much snow in May of 1907 ... would anyone care to hazard a guess as to where this is?

I'm guessing Rockcliffe Park or the Arboretum.

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Doesnt look like well have a White Christmas in Ottawa this year, but we can still have a Snow Puzzler!

And the question is ... apart from the issue of our poor forebearers who had this much snow in May of 1907 ... would anyone care to hazard a guess as to where this is?

Im guessing Rockcliffe Park or the Arboretum. 

Question shared by Phil Culhane.

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Technically we will have a White Christmas. I remember in 1979, it poured buckets (with overnight thundershowers) on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day. But about the day after Boxing Day, it snowed big time and we more than enough snow to welcome in that grand decade of the 1980s, lol.

It reminds me of the path from the Dow's Lake pavilion to Carleton in the atrium. Kids have a toboggan run just near there.

It's a beautiful picture but nothing specifically Christmassy about it.

Not very white where I am either. I see lots of grass on my lawn. Don't think we have the 2cm of snow required for a white Christmas, at least not here.

A white Christmas here, just west of Ottawa.

As long as there is 2 centimetres on the ground it’s considered a White Christmas 🎄 , according to Environment Canada 🇨🇦

It looks like the streetcar route up through Rockckliffe.

Lots left up the Valley here in Braeside.

I passed through the Journal from May 6th and din't see anything unusual.

Calgary is blanketed in snow right now. The trees are laden, very beautiful.

Reminds me of living at the cottage,!!!😄

I don’t know why but my very first thought was Island Park Drive

Oh, but we WILL have a White Christmas!!

Sorry...I meant 4th...fingers...

It’s a green Christmas here in Casselman

From Government of Canada historical weather data. 10.2 cm of snow on May 4, 1907. climate.weather.gc.ca/climate_data/daily_data_e.html?timeframe=2&Year=1907&Month=5&Day=7&hlyRange...

Looks like the Arboretum

So pretty.

Some snow on the ground here in Eau Claire, Wisconsin but it’s got that dirty brown look from all the sand they put down on the streets. Could use some freshening up.

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Monday December 23rd, 2019
Lost Ottawa

We'll get it back one day, but meanwhile André Dupuis shares a report about will be one of the longest construction jobs in recent Ottawa history -- the renovation of Parliament Hill.

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Lived in Ottawa my whole life and never been in the peace tower. I should have gone before construction started because Now I won’t have an opportunity for at least another 15 years or so.

On top of the interior updates mentioned by Rod Lister, all of the Parliament Buildings will be going under seismic updates (earthquake proof), building code updates for accessibility, security improvements, and removal of dangerous materials such as asbestos, lead, to name a few. And most importantly, after renovations are completed, there will be accessibility improvements for pedestrian, as well as, safer vehicular circulation around the hill. I also noticed there will be better landscaping and lighting. I have seen the Long Term Vision Plan for Hill, and it is quite impressive. Can’t wait to see it come to fruitation in the end.

Let's all hope that the same luminaries who designed the proposed addition to the Chateau Laurier are light years removed from this project.

Monday December 23rd, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Jaan Kolk is hoping for an extra-special Ottawa Christmas present!

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Jaan Kolk is hoping for an extra-special Ottawa Christmas present!

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Her Worship Mayor Charlotte Whitton probably receiving the first copy from Jack Snow.

I remember Mayor Whitton. To think we had a woman mayor back then, quite progressive for the 60's!

Jaan Kolk, if I had one I'd gladly give it to you. Thank you for all the research, time and effort you do as a member of this group! Best wishes to you! 👏

|Gotta love Charlotte!

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Monday December 23rd, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Shovelling snow in Ottawa takes years of practice, and you have to start young!

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We lived in the Glebe and I also remember shoveling and playing in the snow. Great times!

We lived in Lindenlea and I went to Crichton in the fifties. Had lots of friends in the Burg. Now it has been completely "gentrified". Great memories!

Right after WW2 and into the early 50’s there were still many old cars still around from the 20’s and 30’s. I remember when my dad got a new 1953 Plymouth it was big times!

I had a coat just like that!

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Sunday December 22nd, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Camp Fortune has been a favorite of Ottawa skiers for decades, but once it was a haven for ski-jumpers as well, who made great use of the Lockeburg Jump.

The jump was named after Sigurd Lockeberg, who moved to Ottawa from Norway in 1905, and built Ottawa's first ski-jump in Rockcliffe Park in 1909-10.

I found some clips of brave souls (possibly all the same guy) going off the jump in 1964.

I guess skiiing has its fashion, too, and ski-jumping is no longer popular in the capital region. Of course, that could be because all the ski jumps have disppaeared ...

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Many a torn and stained jacket from that rope tow. I think we went up the hill faster than coming down.

I learned to ski at Camp Fortune in the late 50’s!

I remember the ski jump! We'd always go and watch if someone was training. I spent the majority of my youth skiing those hills every weekend without fail!

Many fond memories leaping off the old Lockerburg jump with some painful crashes, initially. Fond memories of heggveitt (whose uncle Francis bought me my first air rifle) theTommys, Wheeler and many, many other not so notables whose names now escape me..

And Lockeburg Lodge at the top of the jump....or nearby...was the prettiest and coziest lodge at Fortune. It’s years since I’ve been to Camp Fortune....is that lodge still there?

Where in Rockcliffe Park was it?

I can remember both my parents being very opposed to the new flag. They felt the Union Jack was Canada's flag too.

Clip of suicide hill in Rockliffe Park www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik57Lnq_x9Q

Thanks Leslie I had forgotten about that

I did not know this! How cool is that!

I remember those. I went off the tiny practice jump - once - but it was never my thing. Fortune used to be SO much better.

I remember in the late 1950s the jump was not just very active but attracted a large audience whenever it was being used. My later brother-in-law John Alexander would jump while he attended RMC.

wonderful memories.

My Grandparents farm was beside Camp Fortune which was part of Gary Fortunes farm before the Government stole the land from them

I was fortunate enough as a Junior Racer to go off the jump to learn how to pre jump it. The idea was to jump up before the end of the jump so we would go the shortest distance in the air. It was so much fun.

I remember watching Horst Bulau practicing in the 1970s!

What if I wanted to ski-jump? 🎿

In the late 90s or early 2000s it was converted into a Freestyle aerials jump to host JR National’s.

My grandfather Ted Gunderson used to take a bunch of Ottawa East teenagers up to Camp Fortune after church each Sunday in the winters... Apparently all and sundre just piled in his car with all their gear and off they went! This would have been in the 30s and 40s, I believe. My mom spoke of this gang being a lot of fun. My grandfather skied into his 60s.

Spent many years as a kid at Fortune with my uncle and cousins in the Clifford years -- John and daughter Betsy. Anyone remember Anne Heggveit and Lucille Wheeler? She married football great Kay Vaughan. Ah.....those were the days .........

I remember several times eating lunch with my parents at Lockeburg Lodge while watching Horst Bulau training, during the early 80s.

What was that scary hill behind the parking lot with the rope tow? Insane! Forget the name.

I used to go there and trained a bit in the late 60' and early 70's. I believe the guy teaching there was named Morris ,I dont remember his first name, he was Mr. Morris to me

Bernie Simpson

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Sunday December 22nd, 2019
Lost Ottawa

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Parkin on Parliament! I dont know why this is one of my favourite Lost Ottawa subjects, but here we are in what appears to be the late 1940s, earl 50s.

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I remember going to look at the Christmas lights on Parliament Hill with my Dad every year. Miss those days but miss him more. ❤❤

It was a great place to park in the summer, and do your down town shopping, or just stroll the hill and take in all the sights ! 😉

Was able to park and drive up and around until 9/11

I remember being able to park there in the late 1950s.

It wasn`t a problem to drive on to the Hill until that Crazy Goof Hi-jacked the Bus.

Look at all those nice mature trees along Wellington

I remember those days!

Weren't we permitted to drive by the front door in the 60s? My childhood memory says we did?

Sure. Park there then wander down to MacIntosh & Watts on Sparks St. we're there wasn't any parking.

I regularly parked on the "slope" next to the Opposition Leader's former parking spot just west of the West Block up until the mid 80s. The $7 and change ($7.35?) fine was always cheaper than paying for parking elsewhere and most often free. There was always an open spot at 3:45 am!

looked better when tee pees occupied the place, originally

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Sunday December 22nd, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Sunday Drive just outside Ottawa circa 1900, shared by Donald Legault. Dress up warm!

Writes Don:One hundred or so years ago this is how we would have travelled to visit relatives during the holidays. This photo was taken in front of Philibert Dubé's house in Lemieux, approximately 10 miles from Casselman. All that remains of Lemieux is the cemetery since the town has been abandoned due to the instability of the soil. The youngster near the front of the horse is Réal Denis. He his a grandson of Philibert and was born in 1914 dating this photo to the early 1920s.
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Sunday Drive just outside Ottawa circa 1900, shared by Donald Legault. Dress up warm!

Writes Don:

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Thanks for sharing. Love those pics that are explained as much as possible

Also bricks warmed in the oven and wrapped in newspapers were a good way to keep warm under the blankets or buffalo robe

Making sure the blanket is well placed so the women will stay warm.

Note- the cutter shafts are off set to the right side so the horse walked in the right track and not between the two sleigh tracks

When visiting a friend or relative took most of the day to dress, wrap up, get the horses and sleigh ready, bring the treats or presents for the host, whew!

Memories from Grampa of the past!! Thanks for sharing👏🎄

An incredible picture.

I REMEMBER MY GRAND PA AND MA HOLMES WITH BUFFALO SKIN BLANKET COLD RIDE...

Thanks Bruce, brings back many memories, Merry Christmas to you and Kay

It was a chilly ride-but people did mote visiting thenthan they do now!!

Brenda Steinburg beautiful memory of your Grandpa Kittle.

When my grandfather was courting my grandmother he used to leave early in the morning after milking, bundle up in his sleight with a bear skin blanket and ride hours to her house. Stay for a short visit then back in the sleight for hours to be home in time to help again with the milking!!!!! Now that's love!! Would have been 1919/1920 so around the same time as this picture. Thanks for sharing....brought back this memory!

I bet the fiddle was also rapped up to keep it sort of warm we had house parties in the 50's getting stuck with cars that had no snow tires was a big issue

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Saturday December 21st, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Here's a short video for the holiday season from Lost Ottawa. It's a steam train full of skiers arriving in Wakefield from Ottawa in 1949.

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Took our Dad, on it Two years before, it retired. Best days of my life, he enjoyed, it, brought back a lot of memories for him. The lunch in Wakefield, was amazing. Superb Day, for us Girls🎄😘❤️

Merry Christmas to the Lost Ottawa! The more pictures I see, the more I get to feel love for our little city. The pics shows why we still have that small town feel.

We went on the train and it was a beautiful trip. So sad it's gone.

It was great to finally see the building. Heard about it. Stepped up the few remaining stairs as a kid but haven't found the steps in yrs. Granted, haven't tried recently. Glad to know Debbie that one is still there. Would like you to show me sometime....when the snow is gone lol

I started skiing at Vorlage when I was 3.

My Mum told us about doing this a lot when she was young.

Joe Grv

Wish the train from Hull to Wakefield still ran.

My father used to take the train to ski fortune

That was the only way to ski Camp Fortune back in the 1920s. (Obviously stepping off the train before Wakefield...)

something that should still be happening!

Wonder if it’s the same train that now runs from Ottawa to Wakefield in the summer.

Is the train station a restaurant now or was at one point 20 years ago

Love this clip. Thanks!

Now that is a GEM.

How is this still not a thing?!?!

I agree......

I bet you were good

Robert Potvin Check ça.

Shanen Nos Kevin Benoit HOW NEAT!!!

Those were the days. Notice that no one is wearing a bulky knap sack.

Wow. That is so cool. Thank you.

Wow... Never knew that. Sweet

I remember the first time skiing was in Hilson Bush. We had to walk back up the hill after a few seconds of skiing straight down.

Merry Christmas to you. Love your posts

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Saturday December 21st, 2019
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Saturday December 21st, 2019
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From the Citizen, Sept. 25, 1958. You can download a PDF, or click on the image to see the full page. www.newspapers.com/clip/41127167/derwins_barbq/

Saturday December 21st, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Your music for Christmas Week in 1968 as recorded in CFRA's Ottawa's Top 40. "Love Child" by Diana Ross and the Supremes at Number 1, which seems to have been trading places with "Abraham, Martin and John" that month.

Several other classics in there, but after all these years I'm thinking Joe Cocker "With a Little Help From My Friends" might be the one I'd put on the record player right now, or else "Magic Carpet Ride!"

I notice they put the correct date on the cover of the Swing Set, but left the previous week's date on the the list itself. Still, Season's Greetings!

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Your music for Christmas Week in 1968 as recorded in CFRAs Ottawas Top 40. Love Child by Diana Ross and the Supremes at Number 1, which seems to have been trading places with Abraham, Martin and John that month. 

Several other classics in there, but after all these years Im thinking Joe Cocker With a Little Help From My Friends might be the one Id put on the record player right now, or else Magic Carpet Ride!

I notice they put the correct date on the cover of the Swing Set, but left the previous weeks date on the the list itself. Still, Seasons Greetings!

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Makes me laugh that Joe Cocker and Engelbert Humperdink are on the same list at the same time!

Son of a Preacher Man, one of m6 favourites!

Knew, and still remember nearly every song on that chart...unlike any similar chart compiled today. 🙂

It goes to show how marketed and formatted everything is today. You have to constantly switch stations to hear different types of music. As Mary Hopkin sang: "Those were the days, my friend".

as it happened, I did the final top 30 countdown on RA and the next day it went all talk....I did the countdown on 54 Rock for a long time -1987-96) and we used to run the list in the weekend Sun...pretty hard to find an old copy of the Sun chart...lemme know if you dig one up Dave. Cheers!

Unfortunately, I don't give CFRA the time of day anymore. Back then, I believe they (AM stations) had to get special permission to do music for special periods. The privilege was reserved for FM if I recall.

Note that shortly after this chart, CFRA Would move away from the swing set charts Which were published by McKeen publishing and begin publishing their own top 30 chart during 1969.

Bought a fair amount of electronics at McKeen.

Wow a young General Grant!! I didn’t recognize him.

OMG Love all those songs .SON OF A PREACHER MAN!

Loved # 8 , Magic Carpet Ride by Steppenwolf 😃

Wow ....deep in nostalgia right now!

My choice from the list would be Marvin Gaye with I Heard It Through The Grapevine

This is possibly what I was thinking about: Radio station operators and web site administrators also need to secure permission. Licenses should be secured before the music is used. You do not need to license songs that you wrote yourself or songs that you know are in the public domain.

Heh heh heh

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Saturday December 21st, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Stopping in at the Imperial Esso Station, identified as being at Baseline and Woodrooffe in 1964. Looking at GeoOttawa, it seems it was across from Shoppers City rather than right on the corner.

I'm thinking that is a 1961 Oldsmobile on the left, with it's weird "under fins." But the convertible on the right has me beat! A '59 Hillman Minx, perhaps?

I'll take one of those under the Christmas Tree, please!

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Stopping in at the Imperial Esso Station, identified as being at Baseline and Woodrooffe in 1964. Looking at GeoOttawa, it seems it was across from Shoppers City rather than right on the corner. 

Im thinking that is a 1961 Oldsmobile on the left, with its weird under fins. But the convertible on the right has me beat! A 59 Hillman Minx, perhaps?

Ill take one of those under the Christmas Tree, please!

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It was Bill Shaws Esso on the corner which is now an eye place, then beside that was the City Restaurant,then A Sunoco beside that which was owned by Tony Graham,then Kentucky Fried. Tony Graham Expanded and went KFC to Shaws (talking west to east) Summerhays is now in that spot. Rumour had it that the city restaurant back in history use to be small hotel offering “services”

I used to get $0.50 worth of gas here for my Mini!

The colour photo is the Esso at Baseline and Clyde. Here is B&W photo from Glenbow Archives of the Esso at Baseline and Clyde. Note similarities: bay configuration, chimney and hydro pole in background.

It was Art Moffat Esso at one point in the 60's and 70's. He owned two, that one and Woodroffe & Knoxdale.

As Murray Westgate used to say, “ always look to Imperial for the best”.

And Uncle Max worked at the one Woodroffe and Knoxdale right if I am remembering right.

My cousin Gary was a mechanic there

I have a new old stock Esso jacket has all the original tags and has never been warn

The Esso station on Woodroffe at Knoxdale run by Art Moffat, in the 70’s had the bays on the left and office on the right. It is not Moffats Esso. I worked there some evenings and Saturdays while going to school.

Yupper it is indeed a 1961 Olds. My older cousin bought a new 1961 4 door hardtop with the same colour, I was so envious!

Really far going back as a kid that Esso gave me STP stickers for my bike. It was like the bike looked like a race car. It was a fixture at Woodroffe Baseline as was the KFC, Mac's beside it. I got milk with those red handles. I'd loop one on each bike handle bar and ride through the short cut field then by Ecole Gaston Vincent to my neighborhood beyond.

I remember my dad saying we are going for a long drive to new place to buy groceries. Shoppers City way the heck out there. (We lived on Fulton Ave). Over time Dad got to know the guys in meat and chicken dept. They would give him all the chicken wings he wanted to make soup. Try that one today😂😂😂

Wasnt that Bill Shaws ESSO station?

I had the ESSO station at Woodroffe and Knoxdale the late 70 and early 90 was a full service with 2 Bays woodroffe was 2 lanes the train went across the road

I helped open up that store at Shopper's City West owned by Freiman's. Worked in the shoe department with Tom and David. It was my first retail store experience. Great time!!

There was long informed discussion on Bygone Nepean FB page on June 25, and conclusion was this is *not* photo of Esso at Woodroffe and Baseline. www.facebook.com/2369457849755597/posts/2552322661469114?sfns=mo

Prior to Tony Graham’s ?

Anyone have a picture of the Esso at Prince of Wales and Baseline in the south west corner?it had the big neon Esso letters on the roof .

The car right behind it is a ‘63 or ‘64 Impala

North east corner...grew up around there..

My brother worked pumping gas at Bill Shaw’s ESSO. Tony Graham started here as a mechanic.

Hillman Minx convertible I think...

My uncle had same olds

I used to work there !!

NE corner?

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Saturday December 21st, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Postcards from not quite Ottawa, shared by Steven Keenan. Maniwaki and La Verendrye Park.

Notes Steven:Not quite Ottawa postcards, a couple of places a little over an hour north.
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Postcards from not quite Ottawa, shared by Steven Keenan. Maniwaki and La Verendrye Park.

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Friday December 20th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Trevor Button shares just the thing for a Friday Night in Lost Ottawa -- a picture of winter drag racing.

It looks like they even had their own "Christmas Tree," meaning those lights on the right that that flashed from yellow to green and even to red, if one driver jumped off too quick.

Writes Trevor:

"Here's a picture I just found among my thousands of old kodachromes, entitled "Carleton Hill Drag 1968." Not sure of any details beyond that. Assume Carleton University?"
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Trevor Button shares just the thing for a Friday Night in Lost Ottawa -- a picture of winter drag racing. 

It looks like they even had their own Christmas Tree, meaning those lights on the right that that flashed from yellow to green and even to red, if one driver jumped off too quick.

Writes Trevor: 

Heres a picture I just found among my thousands of old kodachromes, entitled Carleton Hill Drag 1968. Not sure of any details beyond that. Assume Carleton University?

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Definitely a "Christmas Tree," with the lights facing towards the driver. These replaced the flagman, so I don't know why one is present. The flagman's position and the tire marks suggest that only one lane was used, rather than the traditional two-lane dragstrip (like the legal Luskville or the illegal Carling Avenue). Also definitely Carleton red-black-&-white leather jackets.I attended Carleton 1974-75, so this is before my time. Wish I had seen this!

Could “Carleton hill” be The flat land between colonel by and the campus entrance? I don’t recall paved roads there though. That looks more Bronson. But that space was used for hot air balloons in the dimmer

My brother put his Z28 through a bus shelter after an evening at the CU pub. He was probably racing in his mind

Yes, this was at Carleton University and if I recall this was a race against time from point A (the starting line) to B (finish). The quickest car in each class was clammed the winner. They held these races about three times .

There was a guy who ran a GTX street racing on Carling ave. Think his name was Winne Cross? This looks like his car.

Oh how I miss my Carleton Jacket! (Graduated in 68)

They were run by the university’s motorsports club. Started about where the photo shows and finished by the library. They ran one car at a time. I did it in my Triumph Spitfire and probably didn’t get much over 60 MPH. As I recall, the event was run after classes ended for the spring term and before the summer session began.

All that traction on a cold wet road lol

I'm glad Mama didn't take your Kodachromes away!

I believe the course wound between the residence buildings. It was a surprise nobody got killed. . .

Used to hold timed hill climbs every year. Started down by the sports field and ran up to the back of the administration building. Summer hill climbs were held at Camp Fortune.

It somehow loses its appeal for me in the ❄️🥶⛄️#rideandfrygirl ☀️

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Friday December 20th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

The Conservatory in Major's Hill Park, circa 1905, which supplied Ottawa's first park (est. 1875) with its own flowers.

I'm not one hundred percent certain, but it looks like the front "gazebo" part of this building was modified into what is now Header House (also Tavern on the Hill), when the greenhouse complex was dismantled in 1937-38.

To the left is the old Government Printing Bureau, located more or less where the National Gallery is now. Appropriate, because this picture by Emile Lacas is in the collection of the National Gallery (31386.40).
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The Conservatory in Majors Hill Park, circa 1905, which supplied Ottawas first park (est. 1875) with its own flowers.

Im not one hundred percent certain, but it looks like the front gazebo part of this building was modified into what is now Header House (also Tavern on the Hill), when the greenhouse complex was dismantled in 1937-38.

To the left is the old Government Printing Bureau, located more or less where the National Gallery is now. Appropriate, because this picture by Emile Lacas is in the collection of the National Gallery (31386.40).

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I do believe that the conservatory greenhouse on Maple Avenue on the Central Experimental Farm, was part of the Major's Hill complex.

That's a great photo.

Never knew if this building, very neat but wonder when it was taken down,,,,regretfully.

Wow - Awesome - Who was the "Terminator" in this case -?

Friday December 20th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Your Original Morning Commute from Hull to Ottawa, shared by Dom Gvr.

Shared by Dom Gvr, who explains:

"Found an image of this plate yesterday. Of particular interest to me is what I believe to be the first bridge spanning the main channel of the Ottawa River at Chaudiere Falls, predating the wood truss bridge completed in 1828.

Described as "a hempen bridge consisting of four three-inch hawsers, was swung across the river, forming an inverted segment, the lowest point of which stood about seven feet above the dark and swift stream, whilst its extremities were elevated upwards of 32 feet, abutting upon the perpendicular limestone walls of the channel. It admitted the passage of pedestrians, although the attempt, with the unpracticed especially, was not made without some consciousness of danger"
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Your Original Morning Commute from Hull to Ottawa, shared by Dom Gvr.

Shared by Dom Gvr, who explains: 

Found an image of this plate yesterday. Of particular interest to me is what I believe to be the first bridge spanning the main channel of the Ottawa River at Chaudiere Falls, predating the wood truss bridge completed in 1828.

Described as a hempen bridge consisting of four three-inch hawsers, was swung across the river, forming an inverted segment, the lowest point of which stood about seven feet above the dark and swift stream, whilst its extremities were elevated upwards of 32 feet, abutting upon the perpendicular limestone walls of the channel. It admitted the passage of pedestrians, although the attempt, with the unpracticed especially, was not made without some consciousness of danger

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Here is hand-drawn map from 1827 to go with the wonderful engraving of the Chaudiere Falls. Alexander Sherriff, "Rough draft of the Ground between Dows Swamp on the Rideau Canal & the Chaudiere Lake", 1827, Library and Archives Canada, F/440/Ottawa/1827, NMC 79951.

If they had just moved the camera to the right a bit they would have had a better photo of the falls...

Here is an enlargement of the section showing the bridge.

I can hear the town crier with the morning commute news now! 🙂

so up there on the right, is that Barracks hill (later Parliament Hill)?

from that to zip-lining

Wow, what an amazing picture and description.

I remember going over that bridge when I was young it scared me I could not look down and the boards would feel like flipping 🇨🇦

Fantastic picture!!

The description & the engraving do indeed show the first attempt to span the main channel at the Chaudière Falls in 1827. It was written by Nathaniel Parker Willis in his book 'Canadian Scenery Illustrated' (1842) that featured the engravings of William H. Bartlett. That hemp & wood suspension bridge soon collapsed and the channel was finally spanned by the wooden arch bridge completed by Col. By's engineers in Sept. the next year. Two of the concrete arches leading to the bridge were built by Thomas MacKay and the third, by Philemon Wright.

Me to 🇨🇦

Yikes!

Thanks for sharing, just love history✔️

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Thursday December 19th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Here's something a little unusual for you history buffs -- it's a podcast called Finished Girls, which is a sort of comedy/history show about Ottawa and its red light district in the 1880s.

Here's part of the promo from Comedy Network writer Rick Kaulbars:

"It’s the 1880s in Canada’s capital, and one of the busiest brothels in Ottawa’s red light district is hastily preparing for the return of their core clientele… lumbermen. But change is in the air and as the newly installed federal government begins to influence daily life in the city, the women of “Cluster’s Finishing School” have told their manipulative pimp that they’re done with the game. This is the story of their final season and a city in transition."

It's really more of radio play, with eight episodes you can listen to online at:

www.finishedgirls.ca/episodes/

Want a teaser? Check out this link:

www.facebook.com/watch/?v=358852928386410
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Heres something a little unusual for you history buffs -- its a podcast called Finished Girls, which is a sort of comedy/history show about Ottawa and its red light district in the 1880s. 

Heres part of the promo from Comedy Network writer Rick Kaulbars:

It’s the 1880s in Canada’s capital, and one of the busiest brothels in Ottawa’s red light district is hastily preparing for the return of their core clientele… lumbermen. But change is in the air and as the newly installed federal government begins to influence daily life in the city, the women of “Cluster’s Finishing School” have told their manipulative pimp that they’re done with the game. This is the story of their final season and a city in transition.

Its really more of radio play, with eight episodes you can listen to online at:

http://www.finishedgirls.ca/episodes/

Want a teaser? Check out this link:

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=358852928386410

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Ottawa's brothels are always extra busy when Parliament is in session.

So cool! Thanks for sharing.

Hey Richard, you’re Lost Ottawa famous!

Paul Raiche Makes me think of - what was her name, Madam Pigeon? The one who paid cash to get out of jail. Lol

Thank you so much for this amazing share. This is our pre-prod rollout, so we call it a "sneak peak" before we start loading it up on Apple and more mainstream podcast sites. Hope you give it a listen. Welcome to Ottawa in the 1880s...

Can a CBC series be in the offing?

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Thursday December 19th, 2019
Lost Ottawa

Alan Kay shares a photo of what looks like it could be a Christmas Party.

Check out the trousers of the guy on the left. Please tell me those are not hip again!

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Alan Kay shares a photo of what looks like it could be a Christmas Party.

Check out the trousers of the guy on the left. Please tell me those are not hip again!

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Yes that was room 253-D in Centre Block. Also known as the railway committee room 🙂

It's also been pointed out that the guy on the left is a dead ringer for Bubbles

The painting "The ghost of Vimy Ridge" in the background was recently moved from Centre Block to the lobby of the Wellington Building.

Pants resemble... Years of Herb Tarlic. Salesman. W K R P?

Looks like it was taken early 70s

Wonder if there is anyone if note in that photo.

Looks like mid-70s

My lord - half of those people look as if they could have been my classmates in Grades 10 and 11. Hell, I even owned a pair of pants just like the guy on the right is wearing.

Yesssssssss Yesssssssss Yesssssssss They are making a comeback. I wear the plaid look leggings all the time.

JJ is right of centre.

I had pants like these before I was married in 1975. Looks like 1972-75 when the Don Cherry look was dominant. Hair styles and bell bottoms too. The whole ball of an atrocious era but don’t we love it.

No mystery here. It's signed by Jean-Jacques Blais. He represented the riding of Nipissing for the Liberals in the House of Commons of Canada from 1972 to 1984. He's in the photo.

Oh, that suit... 🙄

It's too numerous a group to be the staff of the Liberal Caucus Research Bureau, which in those days numbered about a dozen researchers.

Checks come and go!

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