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Saturday Shopping! At Ogilvy's -- old and new -- in downtown Ottawa.
Date is around 1970, by which time Ogilvy's had expanded west along Rideau Street.
I forgot that Trudel Hardware and another store were in the middle!
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Loved going into that Ogilvies when it was in the old brick building. I can still hear the sound of the old wood floors and the smell in there was comforting.
I liked that the original Rideau Centre kept the original building. Loved going into the basement there. Many good finds in that store.
Trudel Home Hardware in Kanata has everything! I have often gone to a big box store looking for things and they don't have what I'm after. Trudel's always has it.
This was the place to hang out growing up.. riding elevators with actual humans wearing white gloves.. tons of floors to chose from .. flashback beautiful flashbacks .. we were safe
I always seemed to find the items that I wanted at Olgilvy's. My mom and dad would send me shopping for each others gifts at Christmas, and I would head there first knowing that they had good quality items for a fair price.
They put a historical plaque for Ogilvy’s on the pedestrian section between Rideau and Nicholas on the recently renovated Rideau Centre
Tom's Grandfather worked at Ogilvy's as a Manager and raised eight kids.
When everyone went shopping on Thursday and Friday nights after work on Sparks Street and Rideau Street. The streets were bright, clean and you felt safe.
That hardware store was the best, I'd go there after looking high & low for a specific piece of hardware and they would have it.
I worked there in the late 70’s - 80’s. When I worked there the store beside Trudel’s was run by Ogilvy’s as a Teen clothing store. They were trying to entice the younger generation into the store.
Worked downtown late 60's, loved having lunch in the basement caf @ Ogilvy's.
While still in high school I loved everything about working there in “The Salon” designer ladies fashion department in the late 70s.
I use to work there at Ogilvy's with my sister- inlaw Norma, nice store, my very first job. I was living with Norma and my brother Kenny on Notre Dame Street in my mom's house.
I worked downtown on Nicholas Street in 1979. I was pregnant and used to crave fish (go figure 😊). I'd head to Ogilvie's cafeteria for the best fish 😋in town to satisfy my craving during those times. Had a healthy baby boy/1980 must ask him if he likes fish 🥰.
I worked there, my parents aunts uncles worked there, i met my husband there married 40 years this year !
If I recall there was a huge portrait of Charles above the elevators on the main floor
I remember going to Ogilvy's with our mom... it was a treat.
It may have been a good place to shop or grab a milkshake, but what an ugly building LOL
The cleanest washrooms downtown. And didn’t they have a merry-go-round?
Trudel's got around! Rideau, Dalhousie, Besserer & George ... but now gone 😕
I love that building, I used to dream of transforming it into a performance space. vimeo.com/99548236
Where I got my wedding dress in 1976
I loved ogilvies in montreal....
The best milkshakes!
Wow - flash back memory!
John Hayes shares the Morning Puzzler, with a question about these Ottawa bottle caps.
"Here is an Ottawa mystery. Carlington Springs Water Co. Ottawa 6oz. bottle caps. Anyone have info on this company? Thinking 1920s or 1930s." ... See MoreSee Less
The company appears to have been small, and fairly short-lived. Searching online Ottawa newspaper archives gave me only 11 hits, all from 1929-1936. The earliest I found were small ads in the Citizen classifieds run for a few days in May, 1929, for Carlington Spring water - spring water (telephone Carling 6248) appearing to be their only product initially. Only in 1935 and 1936 do I see a couple of ads for soft drinks, like this one, from June 28, 1935:
Reminds me of a bottle of Romanian beer I once had. The label said in Romanian - “Brewed with fresh spring water”. The English translation on the label - “Brewed with clean water”.
Ottawa has had so many mineral water bottlers over the years, the result of hydrogeological conditions that produce highly mineralized groundwater. There used to be Tally Ho in Hunt Ho on Hunt Club, Miro on Rideau, Pure Spring and R. Irvine near Parliament Hill. Plus Russell Lithia, Sanitarius, and Caledonia further afield.
This was around during Pure Springs time so its a different company. Thanks for the info. on Carlington. I have the Sanitaris bottles from Arnprior aswell.
been able to find references from 1929-39
Could this have been the forerunner to the Pure Spring Company? Wikipedia: The Pure Spring Company Ltd. was an Ottawa, Canada-based bottler of soft drinks. Pure Spring products included Pure Spring Ginger Ale, Minted Grape, Swiss Cream Soda, Honee Orange, Grand Slam, root beer, and Gini, a mix. Its products were distributed from Alberta to the Maritimes, making Pure Spring the largest independent soft drink firm in Canada. Pure Spring Ginger Ale had the highest per capita sales of any ginger ale in North America, according to Ottawa historian Shirley Woods Jr. At its peak, Pure Spring had annual sales in the $50-million range. It had about 50 trucks, at least one of them driven by Paddy Mitchell, a legendary bank robber. According to Peter Mirsky, at one point in the 1960s and 1970s, Pure Spring was selling a larger volume of soft drinks in Eastern Ontario than Coca-Cola. It was founded by David Mirsky, who was a son of Jacob Mirsky, Ottawa's first rabbi. Jacob, a Talmudic scholar and cantor, arrived from New York City in 1894. As a teenager, David (1890–1962) was a newsie, selling papers, magazines and snack items on the Canadian Pacific Railway's Gatineau line. David began to collect bottles and return them to Bradings Brewery, where he struck a business deal. By 1920, he was selling bottled water, drawing it from a spring at the base of Nanny Goat Hill, then added soft drinks. Pure Spring was incorporated in 1925.
20 hours ago
Sandra Foster Goulden shares the other side of a flier we posted earlier this evening. This side features a great Oldies Show at the now lost Ottawa Congress Centre, with the Monkees as the headliners.
Weird to see Herman's Hermits (a dozen hits?) take second billing to the Gary Puckett and the Union Gap (a couple of hits?), but it seems that the Hermits were without Peter Noone on this tour.
Grass Roots? Mrs. Lost says she had one of there singles when she was ... well I really shouldn't say.
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I was there as well with some buddies from Pascal Hardware. Ron Rowan and Daryl Barter and others. It was a fantastic show. During the intermission, we built the tallest beer cup castle. There was a lot of other castles as well. I remember Mickey Dolenz and Peter Tork looking out from the curtains watching us.
Another clue on the date.... had to be after March 1977 when Chez 106 started broadcasting as they were a sponsor.
To capitalize on the success of the Monkees 20th Anniversary Tour in 1986, the “New Monkees” group (and TV show) were created in 1987 for the MTV Generation.
Creed Bratton from "The Office" was a guitarist in the Grass Roots.
I remember it. I regret not going.
I was there. It was a great show. Just the other day, I was going through an old box and found the souvenir program for the show.
I was there. It was a awesome show!
I was at this one with Jennifer Currie Rose
Makes me wonder how the Monkeys would have played... the only musician among them was Michael Nesmith.
What a great show that must have been.
I was there and kept that same poster. It was a great show and a lot of fun that night.
I was there...great show...
i suspect ‘the Gords concert productions’ might have been the 2 Gords who once owned Barrymores
I was there. I still have a Monkees 20th anniversary button that I bought at the show.
I was there with a bunch of friends.
21 hours ago
Friday in Lost Ottawa with a July and August flier for Barrymore's, shared by Sandra Foster Goulden.
Bit of a puzzler, too, in that the flier doesn't say what year it is. Nevertheless -- Holy Cow! Barrymore's had some great acts on that summer!
On the other hand, I've ever heard of Over the Garden Wall (reference to a Genesis song) or the New Capitals. The one that seems strange to me, but must have been a riot, is jazzman Buddy Rich and his Orchestra. Doug (of the slugs) as Frank Sinatra?
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Was at the Lincoln's concert. Great music.
Doug and the Slugs always put on a great show! Some really big names on that poster!
In October 1986, my namesake Ian Hunter (of Mott the Hoople) played at Barrymore's. Sadly, I missed the show. We could have exchanged autographs. (ha ha)
I seem to recall that Buddy Rich had a short surge as a celebrity in the early 1980s. That was when I first learned of his legacy as a jazz drummer. (This seems to be supported by article I just read that he was guest on “Muppets” TV show in 1981 and did drum battle against Animal.)
Could be July 1980 too (calendar lines up, but not sure if all artists were active at that point).
Some greats on here, I wish I had taken in Doug and the Slugs and Mick Taylor at least!
Barrymore’s back then was the best little venue. I saw Doug and the Slugs, James Brown, Cindy Lauper, Tina Turner and many others there in the 80’s
I was at the Roy Buchanan show ... I kept my eyes on that guitar all night.
Some great music at Barrymore's.
If I remember this was 1985, possibly 86, though pretty certain was 85, saw the Buddy Rich show and he died 1987, great loss.
That's a pretty heavy lineup! I miss that place.
I absolutely loved this venue. Saw Nazareth and Nash the Slash there.
1977, '83, were the years that Friday was the 19th of August between the formation of the Doug and the Slugs in '77 and the death of Buddy Rich in '87. Printing looks like it could very well be '83.
Saw Doug & The Slugs several times. Huge talent, great vocals.
I seem to remember that Over The Garden Wall was a Genesis cover band.
saw 4 of those shows. Roy Buchanan Mick Taylor Pat Travers and Doug and the slugs.
Our 1st child conceived their, His name is: Uptown👍🪐🇨🇦
I practically lived at Barrymores.
Sharon Steinberg any chance you saw Mick there?
Over the Garden Wall, indeed a Genesis cover band, and pretty sure I was there.
Prakash John! That Lincoln’s concert was televised. Saw it at a formative time. So great. Was like funkier/better arrangements of Blues Brothers set list.
Yes....was deaf for a week. Great show, 1st time I saw him live.
This was a long gone era when Ottawa had a music scene and downtown movie theatres.
This was 1986.
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We're out Britannia-way this morning with a picture of this Ottawa corner store -- the Britannia General Store, in fact.
The store was located on Britannia Road, just north of the railroad tracks. Looks like they had rather different level-crossing signs back in the 1950s, dating by the cars.
The tracks are long gone and the building, too, according to Google, although there is a somewhat similar-looking yoga school there now.
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Omg!!! Vivid memories wash over me. Lived in the village from 1944 to 1957. As kids, freedom abounded. My mom had a charge account at that store. After school, with my mom at work, my younger brother and I would make daily stops for treats and snacks. A way to fill the hours till she got home. Living in the village was a wonderful place for kids in those days. In the summer months, we put our bathing suits on when we woke up and took them off to go to bed. We were in and out of the water all day long...no adults in sight. Only instructions were not to go too far out ‘to the drop’. So we didn’t. We survived! Amazing to think of, these days. Thanks SO much for this!
My parents bought a cottage in Britannia Bay in the early 1940’s. They used to summer there. They rode out to it by street car from Ottawa. That was where I became afraid of thunder storms. (There is a story behind it.)Shortly after buying it my father was transferred to NB.
View from a different angle in the early 1960’s. It appears the building would be torn shortly after as the 1965 GeoOttawa aerial imagery shows a new structure in its place.
As a student, I worked a few summers for the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR). To drive their trucks, you required to have the MNR drivers license. During the actual driving test, they made sure to take you to a rural railroad crossing. You were required to stop, roll down your window, look, and listen (not performing those steps meant you failed you exam). Only then cross the tracks (if it was safe to do so). I do not know if they still do, but they certainly did 40+ years ago.
Anyone remember Sad train accident there about 56 yrs ago. There was a small barber shop in that building. Barber clipped young lad's ear and he jumped out of chair ran out and was hit/killed by a train. I remember being there and they were getting body parts out of the tree's.
Just amazed at all the soft drink advertisements that adorn the structure. Some are repeated in numerous locations. Obviously it certainly must be worth while to advertise beverage products ! The shiny new car in the back ground is a '55 Ford to help date the photo. 😯
I never ceases to amaze me how much I miss those days😒
Ahh back in the day when a car driver was responsible for their actions. Pay attention or get hit by a train! Simple. Now we all have to endure freakishly loud train whistles so that everyone is "safe". Thus allowing Privately owned trains/tracks to barrel thru neighbourhoods at 80km/hr. Terrible. I think I am getting cynical. Miss those old stores.
Here is a 1945 view of area, courtesy of ssimpkin.carto.com, photo number A9618_35 (cropped). Intersection is in centre middle of photo and one can see that Britannia was that good bit more open and rural in the year in which World War II finally ended, WLMK was our PM and the United States had only 9 commercial TV stations in operation.
I used to go to the newer version of this store in the late 80's early 90's when I was about 10-12 years old. I think the corner store used to be called Smiley's. Played a lot of the double dragon arcade game they had there with Rudy MacNeil
The house across the street used to be a store as well in the late 30’s-early 40’s. It was run by Jack Warren, my grandfather. Wish I had some old pics to show.
Here is history of the property courtesy of Britannia History blog.
The view from today...https://goo.gl/maps/gCXu4XD4w2kNrGWeA
I remember going into this store. Amazing.
Gosh I used to walk by this store. Guess that makes me officially old! Lol
I like the sign 'look & listen'.
Look at the old WigWag rail crossing. I wonder how many were in Ottawa before the tracks were taken out
I worked in the store when it was still open in the 90's
As children we got treats every Sunday after visiting with aunts uncles and cousins in Brittania
If only we could get all those old pop signs.
Britannia store. In 1906 the postmistress was Barbara McAmmond ( nee Shillington) wife of John McAmmond
Later becsme Smiley’s store
The good old days when everything was simple and people cared about each other...what happened?
Oh yes, pit stop memories on the bike path to cool off.
Always a great stop for a Mountain Dew or popsicles after tennis at the BYC. And of course sneak a pic at the Playboy and Penthouse magazines 😂 haha
Classic scene at the corner of Elgin and Wellington in March of 1963, with people crossing the street through the the wretched Ottawa slush.
Men in hats. Ladies in hats. Looks like some of the men have galoshes.
My dad had those. Do people only wear galoshes in Lost Ottawa now?
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Maybe I'm just old school but I have a pair of galoshes that I used before we all had to work from home. Leather-soled dress shoes have trouble standing up to a wet, tiled floor, let alone Ottawa slush and snow. So much more convenient that carrying a pair of dress shoes and wearing boots. People have forgotten about galoshes but always think it's a genius move when they see mine.
I remember the men's galoshes with zippers and the toe rubbers as well. As a child I wore the taller galoshes with clips. To keep my feet warm when playing outside, my mom either put large old men's woolen socks over my shoes or wrapped my shoes in newspaper before putting them into the galoshes. The newspaper also helped the shoes slide into the galoshes more easily.
I think there are a few people out there who still wear galoshes... I have not seen for a few years but do recall seeing them, generally by men in suits who are old enough to not give a hoot what others think but gentlemanly enough to be tidy and fashionable at work.
Overshoes/galoshes still have a niche market with professionals who are expected to be dressed up at work (lawyers etc.). Convenient for going to meetings and being able to step out of them already in your dress shoes, and not need to carry another pair.
I always carried a clothespin in my overcoat pocket to keep my galoshes from straying. In the cloakroom all overshoes looked the same and many men ended up with mismatched feet
At Connaught School in the 1950s a cloakroom at back of classroom would have a line of galoshes in winter, almost all with metal clips.
I guess I’m old .... I own both overshoes and toe rubbers. I don’t wear them as often now that I am retired and don’t go to the office daily. 😉
Interestingly, this is one area which has not changed that much in the last 60 years... still very recognizable. Except of course for the car and fashion dimensions.
Here’s the view today.
Galoshes - the word strikes fear in every human foot! But folks, remember the hundreds of clip-on rubbers we saw on the street every spring?
It was galoshes for the deep messy days and rubbers for the better days. I don't think you can get either of them anymore.
Just don’t go into a shoe shop in England and ask for rubbers. I was laughed out if the store. Who knew they meant condoms?
I wonder if slip and fall lawsuits were as big a problem for property owners then as they are now 🤣
Galoshes aside… I enjoyed seeing the “trailblazer” provincial highway signs directing drivers to all the routes out of town (17, 7, 15, 16, 31). As the province has withdrawn from cities — first the funding for the highways, then the signage — it’s become necessary for visitors to pack a map or rent a GPS. Go to Québec or most American cities, and it’s quite different.
When I was a child, the Galoshes had metal clips rather than zippers.
I wore galoshes in Rouyn but not after we moved to Ottawa in '62. My Dad wore rubbers over his shoes tho.
I had some when I was a child.
Ah, galoshes. I still remember that wonderful feeling of lightness and freedom the first time the galoshes came off in the spring. I think that's when skipping was first invented lol.
My dad used to wear galoshes too.
I lived on Frank Street as a youngster .
My galoshes had fur trim and metal clasps
I wore galoshes with straps and buckles!
most people these days only wear runners in the winter
I remember having boots like this. Mine were brown with fur tops. Even with shoes your feet froze.
Doesn't it look like less of a city and more of a community back then?
Paul Atkinson shares a memory of somewhere we used to go in Ottawa ... to preserve memories.
Tamblyn's! Which was not only a drug store, but processed film as well.
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Drug stores having photo finishing and lunch counters are a reflection of their origins - film processing required skills akin to a compounding pharmacist and many original tonics and medicines were taken at a counter in the pharmacy (the original Dr. Pepper was a tonic you drank... these became the soda fountains of the 50s)
Developing film photographs (prints), especially colour, was hugely expensive. In the mid-1960s, processing colour prints could cost $6 for 12. (As a comparison, a pack of 25 cigarettes was 50 cents.)
My grandfather Gordon Tamblyn got the idea of a soda bar as part of the drug store after seeing them side by side on street in New York. He was a meticulous man who wore white gloves and there was to be no dust to be found at any of his drug stores. When we were growing up we had an old Hamilton Beach milkshake machine that came from one of the drugstores. Growing up in Fort William my father never mentioned the connection until a Tamblyn's drugstore opened up and then we would get calls thinking my father was a pharmacist.
Tamblyn’s Carlingwood also had a lunch counter. My first part-time job from 1961-63.
Tamblyn > Boots > PharmaPlus > Rexall. Tamblyn's was originally called Tamblyn's Cut Rate Drugs, but with the arrival of more modern times, the concept, along with cute-rate vision care and cute-rate surgery, lost its appeal...
I worked at Tamblyns at Carlingwood back in 1973/74, but they laid me off the week before my birthday because I was turning 16 and they would have to pay me more. LOL Oh well.
Worked at Tamblyns bayshore during high school great job!!
wow does that bring back memories doug
Here's a newspaper clipping from the Ottawa Citizen, 24 Dec 1958.
I have a large box full of these green Tamblyn photo booklets. They were photos that my father took, many of family vacations and birthday parties etc, when I was growing up.
My dad was a pharmacist and one of his first jobs was at a Tamblyn drug store in Ottawa. Ian and I are practically cousins. 👨⚕️
Tamblyn's drug store in Carlingwood processed my first 300 TRI-X PAN photos I took with my brand new Minolta XG1; until I learned to develop film myself. Stellar images of friends and fun. Went on to work for Wynmurr Pub. in Orleans and became "Reporter," "Camera man," and "Paste-up" person in a local Newspaper. Good times!
Sure do remember getting my pictures there. The corner of Sussex and Rideau.
My mom used to order from Throop’s Pharmacy.🙂
Thomas J Enwright Sr. remember this?
Start of the midget and pee-wee hockey season at Nault Park, Eastview, in January of 1963, it looks like things were split between the Habs and the Leafs (given the absence of the Ottawa Senators at the NHL level).
But what is that jersey the boys are wearing in the background? Like the lad with the "helmet?" Could that be Boston?
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Definitely Boston. I definitely remember the pre-helmet days, and also playing outside when it was -25. Pucks broke more than once.
When I FIRST played organized , I had a helmet like that...it didn't really offer that much protection. Falling headfirst wasn't really an option! 🙂
My first year of organized hockey was outdoors on the Nault Park rink probably in ‘63 and sponsored by the Legion. I graduated to the Cradle League in the warmer old Auditorium the next year. Eastview didn’t get an indoor rink until the Eastview Arena was built in 1967. I was the lone Leaf fan in our family but I enjoyed celebrating in ‘62, ‘63, ‘64 & ‘67. Still waiting for the next one!
Speaking of local hockey I had no idea we had a WHA team in Ottawa (civics) until a couple weeks ago.
This photo illustrates perfectly why real Canadians wear hockey sweaters, *not* hockey jerseys.
There are two different versions of the Bruins in the back, one unofficial Leafs (they never wore a jersey like that I don't think), the rest are all Habs but one. That other one follows a similar scheme as the Habs but the logo is different. Some have suggested Wings but Wings isn't as straight edged as that. Seems like a tip of a star.
Hockey gloves? Hockey pants? How fancy schmancy. 🙂 When I played minor hockey (late '50s), most of us wore the same equipment: skates, sweater and shin pads... gotta have shin pads, even if they were your older brother's.
Growing up in Ottawa I played PeeWee in the Cradle Hockey League in the old Auditorium with Leitrim. Great memories. And yes we wore those leather helmets.
Omg the pain of having frozen feet, take off your skates and kneel on the bench it will go away they would say
I had a Habs sweater (wool) back in 1963!...in Ottawa.
That kid wearing the Bruins jersey has courage in that crowd - might explain why he’s the only one with a helmet on.
The boy with the curly hair is wearing a Maple Leaf jersey and it looks like with the hood on is wearing a Detroit Red Wings jersey.
Robin Collins shares a link to a video of doings at city hall, including the debate over changes to the Chateau Laurier, which entailed discussion of the need to strengthen protections for heritage buildings.
The debate starts at 3:08:30 of the video, so skip ahead to hear what various Councillors have to say, and which ones voted yea or nay.
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Not a single urban council vote for.
The better news is that there was a separate motion from Counc Fleury and Counc McKenney calling on the Feds to step up. And it got unanimous support from Council.
It's still butt ugly.
It is a myth repeated in this article and by the mayor that "only one person" showed up to oppose at committee. That person came armed with 14,000 signatures and 1,400 comments from people across the national capital and the country. Including many from this FB group. ottawacitizen.com/news/local-news/council-design-ok-puts-to-bed-turns-out-the-light-says-goodnigh...
Yes, it's still Winter in Ottawa ... always a good time for a picture of a warm summer day! Maybe one from the Britannia Yacht Club circa 1952.
Nice group of youngsters, but what happens when that young man misses the return?
I guess ping-pong balls do float ...
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My family had a table tennis set exactly like this. It was made of plywood and gave us endless hours of enjoyment with gnip-gnop.
Hi Victoria. Betty is my sister-in-law. This open verandah on the upper north west corner of the clubhouse is now closed in and is the diningroom.The walkway across the front of the club was wood planks a long time ago and later it was concrete. Now it is interlocking bricks. That series of pictures was taken by a professional photographer. I doubt if they ever actually served the ball.
I can just see the headaches of having the ball fall below right through the railings... 😛
I knew that’s where the picture was taken as soon as I saw the river. I live just across the river in Deschenes.
So do you lose the game if you hit the ball in the lake?! 😅
They must of had a endless supply of ping-pong balls, or someone was going swimming!
That is identical to the ping pong table we had in our basement
Beverley Brown, is the ping pong player at Britannia Yacht Club your sister? I'm pretty sure the ping pong ball would land on the cement deck underneath the second floor patio today. Back in the 50s, it might have been sand.
If I recall, there was a pretty wide beach under that deck.
I love the girls' outfits. They look like models. Was this an ad?
I went with a friend as a kid. First time I had ever seen a bumper pool table.
David Brown any of your ancient rellies??
Could they have found a worse location for a ping pong table! What happened to John. Oh he fell over the rail at the yacht club playing table tennis. 🤣👌🏻