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1 day ago

Lost Ottawa

Your Morning Commute, where a warden conducts traffic on Bank Street as a streetcar turns east onto Queen.

Love the white gloves!

(City of Ottawa Archives CA041206)
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Your Morning Commute, where a warden conducts traffic on Bank Street as a streetcar turns east onto Queen.

Love the white gloves!

(City of Ottawa Archives CA041206)

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Daniel Hill

Speaking of men regularly seen on Ottawa streets, I've lately been remembering the street sweepers - and by "sweepers" I mean the guys with the big yellow rolling trash cans - with their tall brooms and with various other implements hanging from the sides. In my mind's eye I can see one at the corner of Seneca and Glen as my Mom and I waited for the street car - a hot summer's day - shabby faded uniform - tired and sweaty - stopping for a cigarette...Ahh... such sweet memories...๐Ÿ™‚

Jeeze - how I remember the traffic cops ๐Ÿ˜Š. Once, just before they lost their special place in Ottawa's landscape, the little hippie chick that was Linda Linda-May Soodla Senecal, oozed my way up to one of Ottawa's finest and somehow got him to divest himself of one of his spotless white gloves!! True ๐Ÿ˜€ fact! Whatever I said to him must have been mighty convincing, doncha know? Haha

Same scene today. Ok, it was last summer. In 1951 the Niagara Finance Company, aka Niagara Loans had an office at 202 Queen, per the sign seen at right above the streetcar. By 1960 they had moved to 251 Bank and also had offices on Sparks Street, at 77 Metcalfe, Montreal Rd. and in Hull.

Notice that the police officer is wearing his tunic? In those days police were required to keep their revolver out of public display.

I think these Jobs could be resurrected with the LRT in Ottawa and Kitchener.

They should let that poor cop go home - 70 years later...

OK...I gotta ask....what type of loans are those on the right ??? be very very careful answering....

I expect the traffic cop had to move as each streetcar passed on Bank Street. It does not look like there was much room in between.

Cool !

I wish Ottawa kept its street cars.

From the chrome stripe on the nearest car I would venture its a late 40s Pontiac.

United Cigar Store, still around today.

Look at all the cables๐Ÿ˜ฎ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

The poor cop would get run over today!

Look at all the traffic

There's that ghastly light again...

where would the traffic lights be? they are not overhead - probably at the corners?

Is the LRT going down Queen Street. No why not. We have paid a fortune for the little Choo Choo train. Someone or body is ruining Ottawa.

Is Queen a 0ne-way? Parked cars would seem to indicate it is-on both sides facing the same way. Yet there are two sets of tracks. ???

What is the name is of the Loan Facility on the right....at first glance it doesn't look right

Great photo capture!

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2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Paul Lee shares a take on the Prince of Wales bridge over the Ottawa River, built by the Quebec, Montreal Ottawa, and Occidental Railway in 1880 and taken over by Canadian Pacific in 1982.

I've got some pictures of 1201 excursion train passing over the bridge in the 70s and maybe early 80s, but does anyone know the last time the bridge was used?Prince of Wales bridge (south)
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Paul Lee shares a take on the Prince of Wales bridge over the Ottawa River, built by the Quebec, Montreal Ottawa, and Occidental Railway in 1880  and taken over by Canadian Pacific in 1982.

Ive got some pictures of 1201 excursion train passing over the bridge in the 70s and maybe early 80s, but does anyone know the last time the bridge was used?

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This bridge had a chance to be re vitalized and be used as an O Train route but the If's and the Butt's got in the way and it sits here now after being a vital link beginning in 1880...:(

Is that a LiDAR scan?

I vaguely recall freight trains still using the O-Train tracks passing through Carleton as late as the end of 2011 (these were overnight trips) so I would assume they were probably still active up to around then...the track split at Bayview that went towards the bridge still looked maintained until roughly the same time.

It was July 2001.

Here's the rest of the last train

This was the last train to cross the bridge. They were still using it to transpost materials for the OTrain line that they were fixing. Must've been between 2000 and 2005

Amber Williams

Used it the other night lol.

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2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Lost Ottawa Home Edition, featuring this old house on the corner of Rideau and Cobourg Streets.

Shared by Kai Pau, who writesThe brick building on the north east corner of Rideau and Cobourg Streets in the process of becoming lost. Removal of the brick sheathing revealed that this had originally been a one-and-a-half storey clapboard house. The remodel into a three storey building looks like it dated from around 1900-1920. My guess is the original house probably dated from the 1880s. Possibly the fire insurance maps might provide a more accurate timeline. The picture was from two weeks ago; the building is now completely lost, likely to be replaced by a condo tower.
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Lost Ottawa Home Edition, featuring this old house on the corner of Rideau and Cobourg Streets.

Shared by Kai Pau, who writes

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make way for condos...yuck...they won't last as long as that house...

Love the idea that the developper will rebuild it on Cobourg with the original brick and keeping the original look.

Oh no. So sad . So much Beauty being torn down. I looked at this house every day on my way to work before I moved to Toronto in March after 20 years of being in Ottawa .

Isn't that a charmer!

The old house will be partially rebuilt on Cobourg as a duplex attached to a new 16 storey condo building. www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/infill-lowertown-ottawa-development-apartments-rental-1.4797575

I used to live there!

Nick Gignac

Dawn Larivière

Mélanie Boyer has great pictures of the progression of the tear down... even better some of them have raccoons in them...

Tell me something new about the Condo King Crushers.

This is what happens when money isn't spent in upkeeping the building.

It's sad because today's architecture seems so boring.

So sad.

Another piece of Ottawa's history lost to the wrecking ball! Shame!

Pardon my ignorance, but why wouldn't this be designated heritage?

Another jewel smack down

Whaaaat? I thought the process was to put steel beams through it and let it sit for a decade.

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2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Breakfast in Lost Ottawa circa 1938, as staff prepare the cafeteria of the Chateau Laurier for customers.

I believe you reached the cafeteria by taking the tunnel under Rideau from Union Station, which is to say it was in the basement of the hotel. The cafeteria disappeared in the remodelling of the Chateau that took place in the 1960s.

Shared by Andrew Elliott who notes that Canadian National Railways is celebrating its 100th Birthday this year (it used to own the Chateau Laurier).

#Ottawa #LostOttawa #OttawaHistory
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Breakfast in Lost Ottawa circa 1938, as staff prepare the cafeteria of the Chateau Laurier for customers.

I believe you reached the cafeteria by taking the tunnel under Rideau from Union Station, which is to say it was in the basement of the hotel. The cafeteria disappeared in the remodelling of the Chateau that took place in the 1960s.

Shared by Andrew Elliott who notes that Canadian National Railways is celebrating its 100th Birthday this year (it used to own the Chateau Laurier). 

#Ottawa #LostOttawa #OttawaHistory

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Great place, consumed many roast beef lunches there during the early 1950’s.

Thanks for posting this pic. I also recall getting there through the tunnel. Plus, possibly through the main lobby of the Chateau and down in the elevator - or am I dreaming? I believe that my lunch of choice was chips and a coke.

I can remember coming here with my mother as a treat during school holidays, in the 1960's. It was in the basement, and I seem to remember that there were waitresses, who came and took our order. At that point, they called it L'Auberge. We always went for the cheesecake that had real maple syrup on the top held in with a piping of whipping cream. We were both so disappointed when the Chateau closed the restaurant down, and started a fancier one upstairs.

I remember being there with the family in the late 50s or maybe 1960~1.

Went there once a month on Friday - best fish ever!

Wasn't that room later changed into a steakhouse and then later changed into the Canadian meeting room?

I assume we ate in here if it was still there before gong in the tunnel to the train to get to Halfax to board the ship to overseas (RCAF) in 56

never knew it existed.

Neither did I!

Larco Investments now ruining the Chateau with their complete lack of vision.

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3 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Here's a nighttime gala I could go to ... for the Brookline Southway Service Station at 1883 Bank in October 11 of 1955.

Not only were there five lovely ladies on hand, that's the day I was born!

(City of Ottawa Archives CA041047)
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Heres a nighttime gala I could go to ... for the Brookline Southway Service Station at 1883 Bank in October 11 of 1955.

Not only were there five lovely ladies on hand, thats the day I was born!

(City of Ottawa Archives CA041047)

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There was an Esso Station at Bank and Walkley on the north side. It was memorable because of the large red neon "Esso" sign. The lot is now empty.

Looks warm for an October night. It’s my great grandsons birthday on 5he 11th. Bev. N.

awesome ...wow ...i was 1 month old ... ๐Ÿ˜‰

BA Velvet 98!

Today, it is a commercial office space. To the left, on the corner of Walkley and Bank, there was a Fina. Gas was under one buck a gallon in the late seventies. To the right, there was a Gulf.

I remember the Fina on the corner but not this BA . My Dad would patronize the BA at Bank and Hunt Club

picked this up a couple weeks ago

cool, we moved to Brookline in 68, Petro station now at corner of Bank and Walkley.

All that unleaded gasoline...

i don't mean to be disrespectful, but i thought they were cardboard cutouts at first. what a sweet photo.

& My brother Brad Cook’s 1st Birthday!

98 Octane....that was the real Red....

How organic!

And a gallon of fuel....4.5 liters....cost about 12 cents......!!!

Carol Morgan Close to the day someone else was born.

Fantastic picture. Two things to Note from those days. Full Service with a smile and gas that was under.30/ gallon...plus you got your windows washed and they checked your oil....hahaha

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3 days ago

Lost Ottawa

I'm not sure that Ottawa's Clark Dairy really got the right animals for this parade on August 20, 1955!

Judging by the date, however, I'm thinking this might have been the parade that kicked off the Exhibition at Lansdowne Park, during which they got the large animals from the train to the park.

Could this be Preston Street?

(City of Ottawa Archives CA033832)
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Im not sure that Ottawas Clark Dairy really got the right animals for this parade on August 20, 1955!

Judging by the date, however, Im thinking this might have been the parade that kicked off the Exhibition at Lansdowne Park, during which they got the large animals from the train to the park. 

Could this be Preston Street?

(City of Ottawa Archives CA033832)

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Could this be Gladstone

my dad used to work for that company when I was little. Oh, the memories. Then later he did drive floats in parades!

Golden Guernsey milk was a nice milk. Unfortunately, there are very few Guernseys in Canada

My mom used to take us to the CCE parade every August. We used to stand on Bank Street. Then would follow the parade by foot down Bank Street to Landsdowne Park. Mom would make us a picknick lunch. We went on the day there was free entry. We would get one ride each and would watch the free stage shows and look at the Exhibits. It was a nice day out. When Mom got working again. We would go to the Main Stage shows that were put up on a stage at the football field... We saw various artists as it was included in the entrance fee. I remember seeing the Carpenters, one time Bob Hope. I can't remember the rest. There were alot of top Country Singers from the USA. Like Lynne Anderson. I know Ottawa Valley was very country Music fans. Those were the days.

As a child of ten I remember being thrilled to see live elephants. Today my heart breaks for them. What a dreadful life they must have had.

Aaron Brooks

Guernsey Gold was a milk Clark Dairy sold. My dad was working there running the Test Lab from 1950 to 1966.

It’s great to look at these City of Ottawa Archives photos, but the low-res scans just don’t hold enough detail to make detective work possible in many cases. Too bad...

Look at the size of that winch on the truck. Cool photo.

Makes me ill to see those poor animals chained to a moving truck like that.

How terrifying for the poor elephants ๐Ÿ˜ฅ๐Ÿ˜ข

Looks like lower town to me

My grandfather was a milkman for Clark's - he took me on a milk run once, I sat on a milk crate, lol! Oh...the 70's...

Sad , glad that times have changed

I wish we still had circus'

Back in the day...elephants were so exotic that their mere presence gathered a crowd. Marketers were eager to capitalize on the public's infatuation with these gentle giants.

In 1955, Capt. Albert Vidbel and his elephants performed daily at the Ottawa Exhibition's Kiddyland. These ones, billed as "three midget elephants," took part in the Exhibition parade, which left Hull City Hall and proceeded across the Chaudiere Bridge to Ottawa. The Exhibition was quite a big deal in this days, as the attached article shows.

those elephants look depressed. sll for human fun

1)Largest low-bed carrier in Canada at the time 2) the full grown beasts were strategically tethered down for their own safety 3) the “handler @ shown is none other than Col. Cecil Ellington-Smith at 7’3” , the second tallest African Explorer at the time.

Those are really cool !!

Jesus man the folks of those earlier days were ignorant to the welfare of animals.

Yes it sucks that these baby elephants were chained, but we have evolved. We move forward not back, those who only look back are doomed to live there,

poor elephants chained ๐Ÿ˜ž

I think it is Preston Street. The buildings shown on the photo looks like they could be found on it.

Seeing those elephants chained up on the truck is heartbreaking. ๐Ÿ™

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3 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Opening today, something you should see. Something so many Ottawa lasses and ladies have enjoyed over the years ... Camp Woolsey.

Camp Woolsey, the exhibit opens today at Pinhey Point (which is a heritage site worth seeing all by itself).

Curated by Carleton and Woolsley alumn Emma Kent, the exhibit tell the story of the much-loved Girl Guide camp, staring in 1937.
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Opening today, something you should see. Something so many Ottawa lasses and ladies have enjoyed over the years ... Camp Woolsey.

Camp Woolsey, the exhibit opens today at Pinhey Point (which is a heritage site worth seeing all by itself).

Curated by Carleton and Woolsley alumn Emma Kent, the exhibit tell the story of the much-loved Girl Guide camp, staring in 1937.

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I have so many happy memories of Camp Woolsey in the 60's โ˜บ๏ธ

My 7 year old is spending 2 weeks there this summer! I've toured around the place and it is an amazing site.

I went to Camp Woolsey.. in the late 50's. Most of my friends were there, but I was so homesick. I did have some fun, loved the swimming and campfires. I was pretty happy to come back home.

Now this brings back memories of going to camp in the summer ๐Ÿ™‚

I loved Camp Woolsey!!!!

Love that the exhibition got a second life Pinhey's Point Historic Site. Congrats Emma!

I went there too as a brownie! Great memories there.

Many great memories here as a Spark, Brownie and Guide Leader. ๐Ÿ’™

Loved going there as a Guide! So many good memories, covering our whole body in clay from the bottom of the beach, eating spaghetti with big utensils and or course camping in tents. I still have my plastic Camp Wolsey mug, my daughter uses it for camp now.

My best summer experiences โค๏ธ

I spent some great summers there as well, with my gal pals Charlene Fick & Donna Smith. ๐Ÿ˜ŠThose were the good old days!

I grew up right by the camp. Fantastic setup in there

My typing teacher at Brookfield HS. Mrs. Daley, her family donated the lad for Camp Woolsey. โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Went to Camp Woolsey as a young guide. I was miserably lonesome; wanted desperately to go home. I remember the rain and waking up in the tent in the middle of a huge puddle. I forget the name of the bushes (juniper?), but we took our sleeping bags outside and slept on them. It was more comfortable than the tent, but again woke up wet from the dew. Not happy memories....

Gail Reid

My daughter went there and enjoyed it.

I went there in my years as a Brownie. Totally loved it!!

Beth Dimsdale

Such great memories... Wright Lodge was always my favourite ๐Ÿ˜

Growing up I went there every summer. My mom and dad would drive me to Brookfield High School and the school buses would be lined up there waiting for us along with the camp leaders. Packed the back of the buses with all of our gear and off we went. Loved it there.

Lovely spot - girls really liked the camp!

Sheilagh Macdonald Noel Camp Woolsey! Great memories๐Ÿ˜€

Donna Mackay-Brennan

Kris Moreau we have to go

One of my favourite places when I was I brownies and guides! Winter camps were the most fun! Trying to make a fire with 3 matches snowshoeing, tobogganing.

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4 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Hopefully none of these will get loose from the Museum of Nature collection, wreaking havoc in Ottawa on a Friday night!

That was my first thought when I saw this sign hiding behind the trees near O'Connor and Argyle ...

Overactive imagination? Or good plot for movie? I don't think anyone has done zombie owls yet!

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Hopefully none of these will get loose from the Museum of Nature collection, wreaking havoc in Ottawa on a Friday night!

That was my first thought when I saw this sign hiding behind the trees near OConnor and Argyle ...

Overactive imagination? Or good plot for movie? I dont think anyone has done zombie owls yet! 

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Geeezzzzzz.....awesome concept that's going in my ideas folder. Love it!!!!!

That's a saw-whet owl. They're about 5 inches tall. It would take a lot of them to be scary.

Fabulous picture.

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