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1 hour ago

Lost Ottawa

Looking down on Ottawa from the top of the Victoria Tower in the old Parliament Building, circa 1900.

Wonderfully colored and wonderfully clear. You can really see what the area was like around Union Station.

You can also see how packed with buildings the blocks east of Elgin were at the time. All demolished for what ultimately became the site of the War Memorial, with a few fires thrown in.

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Looking down on Ottawa from the top of the Victoria Tower in the old Parliament Building, circa 1900.

Wonderfully colored and wonderfully clear. You can really see what the area was like around Union Station. 

You can also see how packed with buildings the blocks east of Elgin were at the time. All demolished for what ultimately became the site of the War Memorial, with a few fires thrown in. 

(McCord Museum MP-0000.25.160)

 

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Wow! Amazing view

Coloured...but very nice.

Wow!! Kevin Blaine Goreham

Is the spire on the right the First Baptist Church?

Beautiful picture!!

Just wow!

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13 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

Night Out in Lost Ottawa ... featuring the Gold Room of the Chez Henri on Rue Principal in Hull, sometime in the 1950s.

Good place to take your sweetie on Valentine's Day. Which you really should have done yesterday ...

Love that decor!

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Night Out in Lost Ottawa ... featuring the Gold Room of the Chez Henri on Rue Principal in Hull, sometime in the 1950s.  

Good place to take your sweetie on Valentines Day. Which you really should have done yesterday ...

Love that decor!

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Vaughan Rush Kech Sebastien Pilon Abdel Suleiman Chris Tyru Olivier Charbonneau Où ya maintenant le Boston Pizza sur Portages.

Albert J. Di ZenzoAlbert J. Di Zenzo

played there...called it "Cheesy Hank "

I loved Chez Henri so Snazzy!

It had really changed by the ‘80s

Spent a few nights in that place. in the early 70’s

That was the place to be..didnt know it was around that long.

i think i was there once.

Great spot,

Seriously, we are living in the wrong era here, when did everything go to shit ??

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14 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

Cold? What cold? This lass shows what the people of Ottawa use instead of tanning beds. The ice sauna!

In fact, this turns out to be a summer shot from June of 1956, but it's bit of a puzzler because the only clue in the description is "gallon ice."

Google doesn't have the Citizen for June 13 or 14, so I wasn't able to out more.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA039014)
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Cold? What cold? This lass shows what the people of Ottawa use instead of tanning beds. The ice sauna! 

In fact, this turns out to be a summer shot from June of 1956, but its bit of a puzzler because the only clue in the description is gallon ice. 

Google doesnt have the Citizen for June 13 or 14, so I wasnt able to out more. 

(City of Ottawa Archives CA039014)

 

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Gallon ice = gal on ice? 🤔

Here is the article. Not much to it. https://www.newspapers.com/clip/28466212/gallon_ice/

The caption says galon, not "gallon." It's missing a space, and should read "Hot weather shot, gal on ice." The photo appeared on p.7 of the Citizen June 14, 1956. Someone with a premium subscription to newspapers.com could check it out. Ottawa was experiencing a heat wave at the time, with a record 94 degrees F. June 14. Here the snippet I see in the search list.

Did you try The Journal?

You mean it wasn't done in January or February, lol?

A reminder of ‘ice houses’ — big barns filled with cut ice in the winter, available to buy all summer. When I was a boy in the sixties you’d still find them in the countryside— I remember one nearby, maybe at Lac Phillipe, where campers could buy ice. Closer to home, my street is mostly homes from the 1800s but for one mid-size apartment block built in the 1950s — turns out the location was a neighbourhood ice barn, until that wasn’t a thing. Sadly no one thought to take pictures of it, and though old timers recall it, and maps show it, I can only guess what it looked like.

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1 day ago

Lost Ottawa

Did you know today is National Flag Day in Ottawa? I didn't until yesterday, when I learned that this day in 1965 is the first day our new Maple Leaf flag was flown on Parliament Hill.

I found some footage from the NFB and decided to have fun with it.
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Pierre Berton tried so very hard to get this day made a national holiday but failed. Most of us now have Family Day or something similar, but it lacks the patriotic flavour of Flag Day.

I was in San Juan PR on HMCS Chaudiere . At noon we lowered the White Ensign for the last time and hosted the Maple Leaf for the first time. A sad/happy event and then drew our issue of rum and toasted both flags.

I skipped school (along with my sisters) to go down to Parliament Hill. We missed the ceremony by about 20 minutes, but it was nice being there on a day history was made.

Still like the Red Ensign

Tout un honneur d’être la première personne à lever le nouveau drapeau. Félicitations Gaetan

I was a delirious child in bed with scarlet fever that day. I recall our doctor making a house call.

I was in Los Angeles as my father was in foreign affairs. I have a picture of him helping raise the new flag at the Consul General's home. From afar we (I) didn't understand why we were changing it. Beautiful celebration it was though

I was there with so many other University of Ottawa classmates! It was a beautiful mild winter day. Love that Maple Leaf!

This was before my time, but what a wonderful event it must have been. A fresh and new identify.

I was there too! happy memories! thanks for posting!

Thank you Lester B Pearson.

Jacques St Cyr, a friend and co-worker of my dad's at the Canadian government's Exhibition Commission, here in Ottawa, is credited with the final design of the flag. Specifically he simplified the design of the leaf (not so simple, though, for any of us who have tried to draw it...!)...

So proud that I was able to be at this.

Mid-February and no snow anywhere?

I was in kindergarten at Severn Sxhool when we filed outside and the principal took down the Ensign and put up the maple leaf. My dad, who was a Vettan did not like the new flag.

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1 day ago

Lost Ottawa

Missing the old House of Commons already? Ben Weiss shares a picture of the new house, now located in West Block.

Writes Ben:Today toured the new House of Commons "under the dome" in its ten-year (?) home in the courtyard of the newly renovated 1860s-era West Block. Beautifully done with the furnishings of Parliament transplanted into this previously outdoor setting, surrounding by the "exterior" stonework of the courtyard. Earlier in the day had also toured the Senate's new digs across the street in century-old Union Station where the recent renovations have successfully paid homage the building's railway roots. So much of Ottawa's (and Canada's) history to soak in while visiting these two marvelous re-inventions of our nation's upper and lower houses of Parliament. (Free tour tickets can be booked in advance through Parliament's website.)
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Missing the old House of Commons already? Ben Weiss shares a picture of the new house, now located in West Block.

Writes Ben:

 

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...and the Senate across the street at Union Station...

Taxpayer$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

I like it much better than the old space.....maybe they should just stay there.

This us brilliant. What a wonderful use of that space.

Meh. Looks like an afterthought.

Thanks for the photos. You've reminded to get tickets. I guess it would be an idea to see this room in varying light conditions.

I think it is beautiful!

Beautiful!!

I am so impressed!

How well does that hold in the heat in winter? Hard to tell in the pictures.

Brian Cooke

Very stunning IMO.

Looks like the fake scottish parliament in Edinburgh.

Any more pictures for context?

Thanks for the pics.

10 years???? Still makes me laugh

Its actually quite well done!

How ugly is that - yuk

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2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

André Dupuis shares some great CBC footage of Ottawa cleaning up after a mammoth snowstorm in 1955.

The streets in my neighborhood are still a mess ...

CBC Ottawa
As the cleanup from the snowstorm begins today, check out how they used to clear snow from the streets of Ottawa in 1955. Read more about the storm aftermath here: https://www.cbc.ca/1.5017056
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I was 3 years old. Wow.

Enrico Pradal

Garrett Humphreys

Love the street car sweeper brush!

Great film clip. I have never seen the old streetcar sweeper in action. This is cool. I can imagine getting sprayed by it. And look at that snow loader. I imagine it was a major advancement when it was introduced.

Robin Hamblin

Sixty four years later and they still can't get it right...!!

I was sprayed by one of those sweepers.

Great film. Love the cop directing traffic in the middle of the intersection. Wouldn't work today.

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2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Linda Seccaspina sends a valentine from one of Ottawa's favorite department stores -- Freiman's!

Writes Linda:

www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156295721776886&set=p.10156295721776886&type=3&theaterHow to look 'pleasing' for Valentine's Day 1917 at Frieman's! Clipped from The Ottawa Journal, 13 Feb 1917, Tue, Page 6
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Linda Seccaspina sends a valentine from one of Ottawas favorite department stores -- Freimans!

Writes Linda:

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I love the term "house dress." My mother (now 99) always wore a house dress when she was doing housework and cooking in the '50s and '60s. I think even when she was down on her hands and knees scrubbing floors she was in a house dress. She never gardened, so I don't know what she would have worn then. But, as soon as she went out, she'd put on a good dress, with hat and gloves if she were shopping uptown (Bank St.) or downtown (Rideau St.).

Joel, you could get me some marmot muffs...wonder if they were genuine marmot?

2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Arriving in Ottawa the Winter of 1947. Coal smoke and steam everywhere.

Looking north from the Laurier Ave. Bridge, you should be seeing the Parliament Buildings, Union Station and the Chateau Laurier.

My mother used to call this a "pea-souper."

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Arriving in Ottawa the Winter of 1947. Coal smoke and steam everywhere. 

Looking north from the Laurier Ave. Bridge, you should be seeing the Parliament Buildings, Union Station and the Chateau Laurier.

My mother used to call this a pea-souper.

(LAC PA-056249)

 

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Hard to believe Downtown Ottawa ever looked like that 🤔 it wasn't even a hundred years ago!

Please note, for those who complain about moving the station from downtown. Union station was/is a beautiful building but having the track and trains go through the centre of Ottawa, especially beside the canal was not,

awesome era...awesome photo ...

“It’s thick as pea soup out there.”

Great photo for sure but I’d not want to have visited this area with all that filth and absolute ugliness.

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2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Cheryl-Anne Graham shares a photo of Ottawa's Gold Medal hockey team in 1948.

Writes Cheryl-Anne:Ottawa RCAF Flyers winning gold medal for Canada. 1948, St. Moritz, Switzerland My Uncle, George McFaul from Ottawa (4th standing from right ) was the trainer.
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Cheryl-Anne Graham shares a photo of Ottawas Gold Medal hockey team in 1948.

Writes Cheryl-Anne:

 

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I didn’t know that John. Can’t see him in the picture but I am sure he is there.

and my dad :) 3rd from right, first row, <3 nice to see this today on Valentine's Day!

Ab Renaud, my great cousin, was part of this team! Wish I had the chance to meet him while he was still with us...he was, by all accounts, an incredibly nice gentleman.

Old neighbor of mine Pat Guzzo was on that team, he lived in Hawthorne Ave near Main St. in Ottawa East. He owned Oval sporting goods on Main St. I wonder if anyone knows where he is in the picture.

My once upon a time landlord, Johnny Bourada, played goal on that team.

i wonder if your uncle is related to dan mcfaul of the ottawa police department.

I grew up in Petawawa and we used to go watch the hockey games with the various bases playing each other. I remember the Rockliffe Flyers, the Petawawa Generals and the Uplands Falcons. I can't remember the name of the team from Camp Borden. Someone out there probably does?

Louis Lecompte in the front row with the white scarf around his neck. Dr. Sandy Watson was a manager.

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3 days ago

Lost Ottawa

With yet another "Snowmageddon" over and done with ... how about a nice calming postcard of the "memorable" Ottawa snow storm of 1907.

Meanwhile, all us old codgers will go to Carlingwood, flash our certificates from 1971, and smile knowingly at each other ...
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With yet another Snowmageddon over and done with  ... how about a nice calming postcard of the memorable Ottawa snow storm of 1907.

Meanwhile, all us old codgers will go to Carlingwood, flash our certificates from 1971, and smile knowingly at each other ...

 

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I remember walking off the roof into snow, as well. I remember not being able to see out of our first floor windows, seeing only snow.

I still have mine. My dad worked with a guy who did calligraphy, and had him write our names on them all.

We hadn't gone metric yet so that inches total is quite staggering!

Carlingwood ... or Carlington Hill?

That year I spent in the Rockies and missed all the 'fun' - parents would phone me every Sunday with a snow report lol - remember seeing their pictures - it was a crazy winter

Still have my certificate as well.

Snowmageddon my eye! Since when does a little 30cm affect we Canadians? 50/60 maybe but a little measly 30, come on now. 😂

I think the Journal also issued certificates.

May 4th! I do not want to experience that! Ever.

3 less cm this year than 1971 so far https://twitter.com/YOW_Weather/status/1095670364888272898?s=19

you got it .. that was the year..

I remember 1971 very well.

Yep. Still have my certificate!

Remember it well, my husband had a contract, snowplowing driveways. It was unbelievable, he would just come home from work, and it would be snowing again. 1971 in Manotick.

I walked off my parents roof after shoveling it.... didnt quite have it in me today to finish mine...

It says MAY 4rth!!!

My sister was born at the Ottawa Civic Hospital in February 1971! Lucky my mom got there in time.

I remember that the Citizen published certificates noting that you survived the winter of 1971...14 feet of snow.

And with butter please!

Who remembers 1971!

My Dad walked from the snowdrift in front of our house to the roof in Merivale Gardens.

I remember shoveling almost every day, either before or after school that year. Couldn’t wait for it to end.

Yes we will !

Indeed we will.;)

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