Lost Ottawa Facebook 2020

Here are all the Lost Ottawa posts that appeared on Facebook in 2020, starting with the most recent and going backwards.

You can view the posts in various ways. You can read the descriptions on this page and see the initial comments. You can click on the three dots at the bottom of a post to see more comments. You can click on the picture to see a “full screen” version of the picture with comments. You can view the original post on Facebook and leave more comments there.

At the bottom of the page there is a “Get More Posts” link that will load additional posts to the page. We are still working on a way to make the posts searchable.

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Sunday September 26th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Here's a Sunday Drive waiting to happen ... well a Sunday Ride, anyway. It's a Supercycle of ancient vintage spotted downtown recently.

It's also a convertible. The crossbar at the top is made out of tin. You could remove it to turn this into a "girl's bike," as we use to say.

Good for the day when your sister "grows into it," although I should say the whole bike is about 30 inches high.
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Heres a Sunday Drive waiting to happen ... well a Sunday Ride, anyway. Its a Supercycle of ancient vintage spotted downtown recently.

Its also a convertible. The crossbar at the top is made out of tin. You could remove it to turn this into a girls bike, as we use to say.

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Friday September 17th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Here's the last of our pedestrian bridge time-lapse videos. We've gone east to west, so this time it's the Terry Fox pedestrian bridge in Kanata.

I know I say you never see anyone in them when you are driving underneath ... which was exactly the case when I drove under four of them today (I checked as I went by). But in fact, each time I went to make a video, wouldn't you know it, there was always somebody on each bridge. Kanata was probably the busiest, followed by the Jackie Holzman/Harmer Avenue bridge.

I'm using the series to draw attention to the Lost Ottawa YouTube channel where we've got many videos already and will be posting more every week. If you subscribe, you'll be notified when a new video is posted.
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Thursday September 16th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Here we go with a fourth walk over an Ottawa pedestrian bridge -- this time the Jackie Holzman pedestrian bridge you see over the Queensway near the Parkdale exit.

It connects the two halves of Harmer Avenue, right beside right beside the old Fisher Park High School (which is now a community centre and middle school, I believe).

View the video on our YouTube channel and subscribe or give the movie a like there. Any or all of those things will help us out.

Thanks to all the people who have subscribed so far!
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Wednesday September 15th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

For those of you who didn't see it already, here's a walk over another Ottawa pedestrian bridge -- this time the Max Keeping Pedestrian Bridge over the Queensway, just east of the Vanier Parkway.

This bridge connects the parking lot of the baseball stadium on Coventry to the transit and train stations on Tremblay Road.

I guess it could get a lot of use if the stadium held more events, but the stadium is about as empty as the bridge most of the time. Seems like it would be a good place for small outdoor concerts and such?

You can see this video and more on the Lost Ottawa YouTube channel. Give it a like on YouTube. Subscribe! Once it reaches a certain threshold, good things will happen -- like I can actually give my channel a real name instead of a number!
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Tuesday September 14th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

We're back with a new video in which we walk the Blair Road Pedestrian Bridge ... now there's excitement for you!

This is the second of five bridge videos we'll be posting this week. Goofy stuff, but I've learned a lot that I'll be using in upcoing historical videos.

You can see these movies and more on the Lost Ottawa YouTube channel where I'll be adding more movies as fast as I can. Don't forget to subscribe!
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Tuesday September 14th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

This morning I'm trying to repost the video that didn't appear in last night's post ... in which we walk the Orleans Pedestrian Bridge.

An experiment to see why things aren't working.

This is the first of five bridge videos we'll be posting in the evenings this week. You can see these movies and more on the Lost Ottawa YouTube channel as I post them. Don't forget to subscribe!

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Friday August 27th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

This is our last day of daily posts to Lost Ottawa so we wanted to let you know about another resource available to you — the Lost Ottawa Channel on YouTube.

That’s right! We’re putting our old as well as our new videos on YouTube. Here’s the link to the page:

www.youtube.com/channel/UCMb_glIK66SHpokNwBKar6g

Meanwhile, here’s a sample featuring CP 1201 on its way to Wakefield ... as reflected in the Gatineau River. We'll be adding more and more videos in the coming days, so be sure to subscribe! You be notified each time anew video goes up.
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Friday August 27th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

One last photo Lost Ottawa photo from the Glebe.

Shared by Elizabeth Smith, who writes:

"My great grandfather, Alexander William Newlands, owned capital hardware on Fifth Avenue. He was from Scotland. I just found this ad in my granny’s belongings. They were very proud of their Scottish heritage."
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One last photo Lost Ottawa photo from the Glebe.

Shared by Elizabeth Smith, who writes:

My great grandfather, Alexander William Newlands, owned capital hardware on Fifth Avenue. He was from Scotland. I just found this ad in my granny’s belongings. They were very proud of their Scottish heritage.
Friday August 27th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

This is the last day of daily posts from Lost Ottawa and I wanted to start off with some pictures of a place that was very important to us and to you -- the Green Valley Restaurant on Prince of Wales.

Way back in 2013, a postcard of the Green Valley was the first Lost Ottawa post that really got people talking to each other. The picture racked up hundreds of likes and more than 16,000 views at a time when LO itself had only 250 members. Showed we were onto something!

As for the pics, first we have the "blue rinse" ladies, as so many people called them, posing with the owner and staff. Next we have the kitchen where all the food was made. Finally we have the three dining rooms: the Pine Room, the Walnut Room and the Guards Room.

The Green Valley Restaurant -- definitely in the top five of Ottawa's Most Lost!

(Photos shared by Helen Souter)
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This is the last day of daily posts from Lost Ottawa and I wanted to start off with some pictures of a place that was very important to us and to you -- the Green Valley Restaurant on Prince of Wales.

Way back in 2013, a postcard of the Green Valley was the first Lost Ottawa post that really got people talking to each other. The picture racked up hundreds of likes and more than 16,000 views at a time when LO itself had only 250 members. Showed we were onto something!

As for the pics, first we have the blue rinse ladies, as so many people called them, posing with the owner and staff. Next we have the kitchen where all the food was made. Finally we have the three dining rooms: the Pine Room, the Walnut Room and the Guards Room.

The Green Valley Restaurant -- definitely in the top five of Ottawas Most Lost! 

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Thursday August 26th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Here's our last CFRA Top 40, featuring the top hits in Ottawa for this very day in 1966, when "Yellow Submarine" was at Number One.

The great thing about this Swing Set is the "all that's left" section on the front and back sides. It's about the CFRA contest that saw 36 lucky fans go to Toronto to see John Paul George and Ringo and Maple Leaf Gardens -- courtesy of Sherman's Music Land and Royal Burger!

I wonder if any of the survivors are on Lost Ottawa? Trip must have been a riot!

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Heres our last CFRA Top 40, featuring the top hits in Ottawa for this very day in 1966, when Yellow Submarine was at Number One.

The great thing about this Swing Set is the  all thats left section on the front and back sides. Its about the CFRA contest that saw 36 lucky fans go to Toronto to see John Paul George and Ringo and Maple Leaf Gardens -- courtesy of Shermans Music Land and Royal Burger!

I wonder if any of the survivors are on Lost Ottawa? Trip must have been a riot!

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Thursday August 26th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

"A 1846 write up of Bytown!" shared by Jennifer Fenwick Irwin.

It's a description of our fair city in the Canadian Gazetteer from back in the day when "Principal Taverns" was something to be stressed, as you see on page 3.

There were four of them, apparently. The Dalhousie Hotel and the Exchange for Upper Town drinkers, and the British Hotel and Ottawa House in Lower Town.
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A 1846 write up of Bytown! shared by Jennifer Fenwick Irwin. 

Its a description of our fair city in the Canadian Gazetteer from back in the day when Principal Taverns was something to be stressed, as you see on page 3. 

There were four of them, apparently. The Dalhousie Hotel and the Exchange for Upper Town drinkers, and the British Hotel and Ottawa House in Lower Town.Image attachmentImage attachment
Thursday August 26th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Hey it's that time again. Time for the Ottawa Historical Society to start its annual speaker series.

Up first is a great talk about the Ottawa music scene of the 1960s by Jim Hurcomb who recently published a book on the topic.

The date is Wednesday, September 15 at 7 pm. It's gonna be good and it's going to be virtual, so check out the poster for how to attend via Zoom.Three weeks from tonight, we launch our Fall HSO Speaker Series with Jim Hurcomb reliving Ottawa's "Golden Age of Rock and Roll" of the 1950s and 1960s.

Visit our website for full details and the link to pre-register:

www.historicalsocietyottawa.ca/activities/events/eventdetail/43/16,17/rockin-on-the-rideau-ottawa...
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Hey its that time again. Time for the Ottawa Historical Society to start its annual speaker series. 

Up first is a great talk about the Ottawa music scene of the 1960s by Jim Hurcomb who recently published a book on the topic. 

The date is Wednesday, September 15 at 7 pm. Its gonna be good and its going to be virtual, so check out the poster for how to attend via Zoom.
Thursday August 26th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Sue Hodgkinson poses the question:

"Who remembers this album?"

The pic is very small, but the name of the song appears to be "Feel Like a Target."
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Sue Hodgkinson poses the question:

Who remembers this album?

The pic is very small, but the name of the song appears to be Feel Like a Target.
Thursday August 26th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Ed Macies shares a follow-up to a post we had about an Ottawa landmark near somerset.

Writes Ed:

"A few days ago there was a post about a "castle" on the tracks near Somerset Bridge. Here are two photos I took about 1970 or so. It was a coal shed originally used by Bruce Coal Ltd. Perhaps one of the railroad guys can tell us what it did and how it worked... (Colin Churcher?)."
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Ed Macies shares a follow-up to a post we had about an Ottawa landmark near somerset.

Writes Ed: 

A few days ago there was a post about a castle on the tracks near Somerset Bridge.  Here are two photos I took about 1970 or so. It was a coal shed originally used by Bruce Coal Ltd. Perhaps one of the railroad guys can tell us what it did and how it worked... (Colin Churcher?).Image attachment
Thursday August 26th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Among the best posts we've ever had on Lost Ottawa were pictures of the chick hatchery at the Science and Tech Museum on St. Laurent.

Thousands of (former) kids remember climbing up on the fried egg-shaped hatchery to watch the eggs crack and the chicks peep out.

The hatchery disappeared in the 1990s. Definitely among Ottawa Most Lost.
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Among the best posts weve ever had on Lost Ottawa were pictures of the chick hatchery at the Science and Tech Museum on St. Laurent.

Thousands of (former) kids remember  climbing up on the fried egg-shaped hatchery to watch the eggs crack and the chicks peep out.

The hatchery disappeared in the 1990s. Definitely among Ottawa Most Lost.
Wednesday August 25th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

We had a couple of great posts over the years about the knife sharpening guys, going all the way back to the guys who walked the street with the green carts and sharpening stones, ringing that lonesome bell.

Yesterday I heard that bell on Clemow Street and barely had time to grab my phone ...

You probably can't see it, but Carlo gave me a big wave that made me laugh. And then a lady flagged him down ... so there's business yet!
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Wednesday August 25th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

We're in our last days of daily posts on Lost Ottawa and getting some last shares. Here's one from Kelly Lynn.

Writes Kelly:

"I'd like to share a novel i read a few years ago by Darren Jarome of Ottawa. Its called "Lower Town". It is a fictional novel of Bytown in the very early years. Some of our ancestors would have experienced these same things. The research that went and the detail, well i couldn't put it down. Darren said a second may come out."

Only a few bucks to buy online!
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Were in our last days of daily posts on Lost Ottawa and getting some last shares. Heres one from Kelly Lynn.

Writes Kelly: 

Id like to share a novel i read a few years ago by Darren Jarome of Ottawa.  Its called Lower Town.  It is a fictional novel of Bytown in the very early years.  Some of our ancestors would have experienced these same things.  The research that went and the detail, well i couldnt put it down.  Darren said a second may come out.

Only a few bucks to buy online!
Wednesday August 25th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

A cool Shelby Ford Mustang on Preston Street in Ottawa. Hey, and another classic right behind it, going the other way.

Volkswagen vans, I've driven. Still time for the Mustang!

Our intrepid Ottawa detectives worked hard to figure out where on Preston Street this might be -- not easy given so many changes in the neighborhood. Lucio D'Orazio pegged the location 262-268 Preston, just south of Gladstone. Buildings are still there, but they don't look like this anymore.

Picture taken by Valdine Dewan in 1971 and shared by Laurel Dewan in 2013.
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A cool Shelby Ford Mustang on Preston Street in Ottawa. Hey, and another classic right behind it, going the other way. 

Volkswagen vans, Ive driven. Still time for the Mustang!

Our intrepid Ottawa detectives worked hard to figure out where on Preston Street this might be -- not easy given so many changes in the neighborhood. Lucio DOrazio pegged the location 262-268 Preston, just south of  Gladstone. Buildings are still there, but they dont look like this anymore.

Picture taken by Valdine Dewan in 1971 and shared by Laurel Dewan in 2013.
Tuesday August 24th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

You've seen it in the sky over Ottawa. A red Waco biplane. The Red Baron everbody calls it. Everybody I know anyway.

We decided to take a ride. Eighty-five bucks a person for 15 minutes, although our video is closer to five. Enough time to take you over downtown and back to Rockcliffe. Mrs. Lost and I thought it was well-worth it.

The flight is most fun and you get the best view when the plane banks into a turn, but not scary at all. With a smooth ride and the drone of the engine, it's actually kind of peaceful.

www.ottawaaviationadventures.com/
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Tuesday August 24th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Here's a classic old Chinese Restaurant that's about to go -- the Dragon on Montreal Road past the Aviation Parkway near Bathgate.

Shared by Eileen Whyte who writes:

"It will be torn down soon. My parents went there on a date in 1967. We always got meals from The Dragon on special occasions over the last 50 years."
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Heres a classic old Chinese Restaurant thats about to go -- the Dragon on Montreal Road past the Aviation Parkway near Bathgate.

Shared by Eileen Whyte who writes:

It will be torn down soon. My parents went there on a date in 1967. We always got meals from The Dragon on special occasions over the last 50 years.Image attachmentImage attachment
Tuesday August 24th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Barb Hughes shares a memory of Ottawa's Rockcliffe Airbase, which is still in the process of redevelopment.

Writes Barb:

"I use to have a friend (Paula or Pamela), a little blonde-headed girl, growing up in the 1970s and she lived in one of these houses on CFB Rockcliffe. I remember going down there and hanging out with her and her family. I also had a friend named Kenny Sam (his name I remember) who lived in the same housing complex as me on Carson's Road and his parents were in the military. He always entered those car derbies on base and I would go and watch him. There was always a lot to do as a kid on base back then, military or not. Sad the base was abandoned."
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Barb Hughes shares a memory of Ottawas Rockcliffe Airbase, which is still in the process of redevelopment.

Writes Barb:

I use to have a friend (Paula or Pamela), a little blonde-headed girl, growing up in the 1970s and she lived in one of these houses on CFB Rockcliffe.  I remember going down there and hanging out with her and her family. I also had a friend named Kenny Sam (his name I remember) who lived in the same housing complex as me on Carsons Road and his parents were in the military. He always entered those car derbies on base and I would go and watch him.  There was always a lot to do as a kid on base back then, military or not.  Sad the base was abandoned.
Tuesday August 24th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Welcome to Ottawa! Here's two pictures we published way back in 2013, having to do with my own early memories of life on Queensline Drive in Graham Park, then in Nepean.

Barely removed from Victoria, BC, we arrived just in time for the Great Snow of 1971-71. Guess who got the job of shoveling?

Over the years we've had some fantastic tales of surviving the Great Snow. I would say it's one Ottawa's 50 most lost subjects. Many people would like it to stay lost!
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Welcome to Ottawa! Heres two pictures we published way back in 2013, having to do with my own early memories of life on Queensline Drive in Graham Park, then in Nepean.

Barely removed from Victoria, BC, we arrived just in time for the Great Snow of 1971-71. Guess who got the job of shoveling?

Over the years weve had some fantastic tales of surviving the Great Snow. I would say its one Ottawas 50 most lost subjects. Many people would like it to stay lost!Image attachment
Monday August 23rd, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Actually, I don't fish, but I wanted to give you all a wee heads-up. As of this Friday, the daily posts of Lost Ottawa pictures will come to an end.

That’s right. The daily posts, every morning and every night, will be a thing of the past.

Don't worry, Lost Ottawa won’t be “lost!” We’ve got more books to write. Plus, we’ll keep posting, but on an occasional basis and mostly about new videos.

I want to thank all the people of the community who’ve contributed their pictures, likes, and comments over the years. Together we’ve built up an incredible -- I would even say unprecedented -- repository of information about living, working and growing up in Ottawa in the second half of the 2Oth Century. That knowledge won’t disappear and it won’t be wasted.

Why are we changing things? One reason is that after eight years and more than 16,000 posts I’ve run out of steam. A second reason is that no great new sources of images are emerging so we are beginning to repeat ourselves, which tells me we’ve completed the task of documenting our era.

The third reason is the most important. I’ve got at least five other projects on the go. At my age (and maybe as the lessons of the past few years have shown us), it’s time to get on with them.
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Actually, I dont fish, but I wanted to give you all a wee heads-up. As of this Friday, the daily posts of Lost Ottawa pictures will come to an end.

That’s right. The daily posts, every morning and every night, will be a thing of the past. 

Dont worry, Lost Ottawa won’t be “lost!” We’ve got more books to write. Plus, we’ll keep posting, but on an occasional basis and mostly about new videos. 

I want to thank all the people of the community who’ve contributed their pictures, likes, and  comments over the years. Together we’ve built up an incredible -- I would even say unprecedented -- repository of information about living, working and growing up in Ottawa in the second half of the 2Oth Century. That knowledge won’t disappear and it won’t be wasted.

Why are we changing things? One reason is that after eight years and more than 16,000 posts I’ve run out of steam. A second reason is that no great new sources of images are emerging so we are beginning to repeat ourselves, which tells me we’ve completed the task of documenting our era. 

The third reason is the most important. I’ve got at least five other projects on the go. At my age (and maybe as the lessons of the past few years have shown us), it’s time to get on with them.
Monday August 23rd, 2021
Lost Ottawa

We're going back to our roots this week, posting pictures from our early years when Lost Ottawa was very small and you might not have seen them.

One fabulous source of pictures for us in the beginning was Laurel Dewan, who shared many street photography pictures taken by Norm McLeod. Here's one taken on Sparks Street in the early 1970s.

Wrote Laurel:

"Sparks Street Mall. The yo-yo busker guy amusing an audience of little kids. Don't think he was going to get much pay for his act but look at their faces ..."

(Lost Ottawa December 19, 2013)
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Were going back to our roots this week, posting pictures from our early years when Lost Ottawa was very small and you might not have seen them.

One fabulous source of pictures for us in the beginning was Laurel Dewan, who shared many street photography pictures taken by Norm McLeod. Heres one taken on Sparks Street in the early 1970s.

Wrote Laurel: 

Sparks Street Mall. The yo-yo busker guy amusing an audience of little kids. Dont think he was going to get much pay for his act but look at their faces ... 

(Lost Ottawa December 19, 2013)
Sunday August 22nd, 2021
Lost Ottawa

If you live in downtown Ottawa you might have heard the rumblings of fireworks over the past week or so. Here's how they had fun in September of 1901.

First, a big illuminated arch over the entrance to Parliament Hill because, hey, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York were in town.

Next, Centre Block all lit up with, yes, light bulbs!

Electric lights were official turned on in Centre Block on the 17th of January 1884.

(LAC C009634 and C002180)
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If you live in downtown Ottawa you might have heard the rumblings of fireworks over the past week or so. Heres how they had fun in September of 1901.

First, a big illuminated arch over the entrance to Parliament Hill because, hey, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York were in town. 

Next, Centre Block all lit up with, yes, light bulbs!

Electric lights were official turned on in Centre Block on the 17th of January 1884. 

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Sunday August 22nd, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Mark Taverna shares the Evening Puzzler and a boyhood reminiscence about and old Ottawa landmark.

Writes Mark:

"This is a Google Street View image of the southwestern side of the O-Train tracks below the bridge on Somerset West, a few blocks before it merges with Wellington.

When I was a small boy in about 1971, my mother and I moved to the Governor de Ville Apartments on Bayswater. One of the first things I remember seeing in my new neighborhood as we moved in was an ancient-looking stone tower that stood approximately where I have placed the red rectangle on the photograph.

I remember being fascinated by this tower every time we crossed the bridge. It looked like something from the medieval era, old, mysterious and crumbling, built with huge stone blocks and surrounded by bushes and trees. I used to imagine it was a haunted wizard's tower from a storybook. I think I could see the top of it from the Devonshire schoolyard.

Probably fortunately for me, by the time I started going out in the neighborhood unsupervised with my school friends about early 1974, the tower had been demolished. I likely would have tried to climb to the top and broken my neck.

Obviously it served some simple function for the rail line, but to me it was a place of mystery and imagination.
I would love to see a photograph of my old haunted Wizard's tower and learn more about it."
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Mark Taverna shares the Evening Puzzler and a boyhood reminiscence about and old Ottawa landmark.

Writes Mark:

This is a Google Street View image of the southwestern side of the O-Train tracks below the bridge on Somerset West, a few blocks before it merges with Wellington.

When I was a small boy in about 1971, my mother and I moved to the Governor de Ville Apartments on Bayswater. One of the first things I remember seeing in my new neighborhood as we moved in was an ancient-looking stone tower that stood approximately where I have placed the red rectangle on the photograph.

I remember being fascinated by this tower every time we crossed the bridge. It looked like something from the medieval era, old, mysterious and crumbling, built with huge stone blocks and surrounded by bushes and trees. I used to imagine it was a haunted wizards tower from a storybook. I think I could see the top of it from the Devonshire schoolyard.

Probably fortunately for me, by the time I started going out in the neighborhood unsupervised with my school friends about early 1974, the tower had been demolished. I likely would have tried to climb to the top and broken my neck.

Obviously it served some simple function for the rail line, but to me it was a place of mystery and imagination.
I would love to see a photograph of my old haunted Wizards tower and learn more about it.
Sunday August 22nd, 2021
Lost Ottawa

We have another puzzler this morning, featuring these gentlemen somewhere in Ottawa. Looks like Parliament Hill judging by the tower in behind.

Shared by Jason Cohen, who asks:

"Can someone please tell me what the significance of this photo and signature is. Thank you in advance."
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We have another puzzler this morning, featuring these gentlemen somewhere in Ottawa. Looks like Parliament Hill judging by the tower in behind. 

Shared by Jason Cohen, who asks:

Can someone please tell me what the significance of this photo and signature is. Thank you in advance.
Sunday August 22nd, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Postcard from Lost Ottawa ... featuring Ottawa's "Central" Station and also the Morning Puzzler.

What's the problem? Well, if you look at the color postcard you'll see the station had a dome on it, which I always thought was lost in the 1950s. However, the second postcard is a photograph that shows a weird turret on top and no dome.

On the other hand, the second image appears to be a photo, and it appears to be a later picture on account of all the cars, so what gives? It's true that postcard makers were known to take liberties, but ... ⁉️
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Postcard from Lost Ottawa ... featuring Ottawas Central Station and also the Morning Puzzler.

Whats the problem? Well, if you look at the color postcard youll see the station had a dome on it, which I always thought was lost in the 1950s. However, the second postcard is a photograph that shows a weird turret on top and no dome.

On the other hand, the second image appears to be a photo, and it appears to be a later picture on account of all the cars, so what gives? Its true that postcard makers were known to take liberties, but ... ⁉️Image attachment
Saturday August 21st, 2021
Lost Ottawa

A Vanier Triptych, featuring three views looking down over the Cummings Bridge that connects Rideau Street in Ottawa to Montreal Road in Eastview.

The date is 1957. Most noticeable to me is ... no Eastview Plaza. Also, I don't think I ever noticed there were low-rise apartment buildings on Mark Avenue. Nice?

(City of Ottawa Archives CA008070, 71, and 72)
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A Vanier Triptych, featuring three views looking down over the Cummings Bridge that connects Rideau Street in Ottawa to Montreal Road in Eastview.

The date is 1957. Most noticeable to me is ... no Eastview Plaza. Also, I dont think I ever noticed there were low-rise apartment buildings on Mark Avenue. Nice?

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Friday August 20th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

It's not the Ottawa Ex ... but it is a fair being assembled in the back of the Earl Armstrong Arena.

It's the Fun Fair (at least I think that is the name), which will be raising money for the Gloucester Food Cupboard at Earl Armstrong this weekend, August 20 through 22.

I did not know the Fair had been in Kanata earlier. Later in September the Fun Fair will be at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in Orleans in support of the the school breakfast program.
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Its not the Ottawa Ex ... but it is a fair being assembled in the back of the Earl Armstrong Arena.

Its the Fun Fair (at least I think that is the name), which will be raising money for the Gloucester Food Cupboard at Earl Armstrong this weekend, August 20 through 22.

I did not know the Fair had been in Kanata earlier. Later in September the Fun Fair will be at the Ray Friel Recreation Complex in Orleans in support of the the school breakfast program.
Friday August 20th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

When the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York came to Ottawa in September of 1901, the city made a special electric streetcar for the future King George V and Queen Mary to ride around in. Here we have it, inside and out.

So nice to commute in an armchair. Idea to boost ridership on the LRT?

"According to the description, "the interior of the car consists of polished oak, a 3-ply Birds Eye Maple roof, plate mirrors in frames, solid bronze hat racks, window curtains, incandescent lamps, floor covering in royal blue velvet and easy chairs upholstered in olive green velvet."
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When the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York came to Ottawa in September of 1901, the city made a special electric streetcar for the future King George V and Queen Mary to ride around in. Here we have it, inside and out.

So nice to commute in an armchair. Idea to boost ridership on the LRT?

According to the description, the interior of the car consists of polished oak, a 3-ply Birds Eye Maple roof, plate mirrors in frames, solid bronze hat racks, window curtains, incandescent lamps, floor covering in royal blue velvet and easy chairs upholstered in olive green velvet.Image attachment
Thursday August 19th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Just got a request for a picture of Bagel Bagel, an eatery down in the Market, I beleive.

Here's the only photo we ever had, which we posted way back in 2013. Love the hairdo's.

No idea about the original source.
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Just got a request for a picture of Bagel Bagel, an eatery down in the Market, I beleive.

Heres the only photo we ever had, which we posted way back in 2013. Love the hairdos.

No idea about the original source.
Thursday August 19th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

We've got the beginnings of a fabulous Ottawa steampunk novel here as this steam shovel crew digs deeper and deeper into the ground between Elgin Street and the old Post Office in 1938.

Sure they "said" they were digging a foundation for the War Memorial. But we know they were digging for something else. Treasure maybe. Tunnels down there for sure!

And how did they get the steam shovel out of the hole when they got to the bottom ... or is it still there!?
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Weve got the beginnings of a fabulous Ottawa steampunk novel  here as this steam shovel crew digs deeper and deeper into the ground between Elgin Street and the old Post Office in 1938.

Sure they said they were digging a foundation for the War Memorial. But we know they were digging for something else. Treasure maybe. Tunnels down there for sure!

And how did they get the steam shovel out of the hole when they got to the bottom ... or is it still there!?Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment
Wednesday August 18th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Some future version of Lost Ottawa will want to post this.

Made me laugh when I came across it recently.
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Some future version of Lost Ottawa will want to post this.

Made me laugh when I came across it recently.
Wednesday August 18th, 2021
Lost Ottawa

Was out at an Ottawa landmark the other day -- the old Dominion Observatory, which used to be responsible for establishing Canada's official time.

So I decided to check on how the sundial out front was doing.

Could use some gardening, but otherwise not bad! Time stamp on the picture says 11.29.35. Daylight savings, don't forget.

(P.S. The Roman numerals are upside down, so that is 10 at the bottom and eleven to the left.)
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Was out at an Ottawa landmark the other day -- the old Dominion Observatory, which used to be responsible for establishing Canadas official time.

So I decided to check on how the sundial out front was doing. 

Could use some gardening, but otherwise not bad! Time stamp on the picture says 11.29.35. Daylight savings, dont forget.

(P.S. The Roman numerals are upside down, so that is 10 at the bottom and eleven to the left.)
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