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9 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

I think the NFL draft is next week and the CFL must get going soon ... so here's a picture of the equipment used by this gentleman of the Ottawa Football Club in 1957.

The gentlemen is named in the records as William Webb Ellis, which is interesting because it was a Willliam Webb Ellis who is said to have invented the game of rugby football in 1823 -- but in fact I believe it is end Bob Simpson, who wore number 70 that year.

Query: if those are the shoulder pads at the top, what are those pads at the bottom?

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I think the NFL draft is next week and the CFL must get going soon ... so heres a picture of the equipment used by this gentleman of the Ottawa Football Club in 1957.

The gentlemen is named in the records as William Webb Ellis, which is interesting because it was a Willliam Webb Ellis who is said to have invented the game of rugby football in 1823 -- but in fact I believe it is end Bob Simpson, who wore number 70 that year.

Query: if those are the shoulder pads at the top, what are those pads at the bottom?

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he also had a tryout with the New York giants

That's Bob Simpson. A fine hardworking Offensive End. I still remember the sleeper play where he stayed on the sidelines in bounds, after a play. The quarterback noticed this and quickly called a formation and lobbed a pass to Simpson, for something like an 80 yard run

I knew him in his later years. Always a great guy to chat with. I worked with someone who grew up idolizing him and he had good stories of Bob’s playing days. Whenever Bob would come into the store, it always made his day. Both are long gone now.

Yes it is Simpson and those are hip and kidney pads that strapped around your waste and went under your football pants. The things right above are thigh and knee pads that fit in pockets on the inside of the pants. I remember that sleeper play. It helped propel Ottawa past Toronto to go to the 1960 Grey Cup game where they beat Edmonton.

My first Rough Rider game when I moved back to Ottawa was in August or September 1961. Lansdowne Park was a dump (e.g., the men's washroom had a trough... say no more), but the crowd loved the Rough Riders! The whole town was behind the team.

Love to see a side-by-side photo with today’s equipment

yep...Bob Simpson indeed... was a good friend of my dad ... maybe cause he worked at the LCBO ... lol..lol.. nice guy ... πŸ˜‰

Thigh, knee, and hip and tailbone pads

Hip Pads.

For a split second, I thought the laid out uniforms were two people praying πŸ˜…

Went to high school with and was a teammate of his son Mark - Who was one hell of a football player like his dad.

That's definitely Mr. Simpson. He and his family lived around the corner from us on Rodney Crescent in Faircrest Heights.

Pads would be kidney and tailbone pads....

Those were the fun years, we knew all the players. bob owned a restaurant, who know the name. I do. Loved the Riders. Southie all the way, still have my T shirt.

10 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

Saturday Shopping ... featuring a ton of the old "coins" that Ottawa stores would give out.

Shared by Ben Weiss, who write:

www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=418169009011501&set=p.418169009011501&type=3&theaterOttawa grocers, 60 years ago, would have been wise to keep their shelves well-stocked with products from Jello, Hostess, Salada, Humpty Dumpty, Dare and Shirriff as kids clamoured for their moms to bring home more and more of these exciting collector "coins"...
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Saturday Shopping ... featuring a ton of the old coins that Ottawa stores would give out.

Shared by Ben Weiss, who write:

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Holy Moly... I haven't thought about those since I was a kid. I loved collecting them!

Ya. My uncle stole all ours out of the packages when he baby-sat !!

Yup. Had those. You could keep them in a red plastic carousel.

I had quite the collection back in the day. Filled one of their round blue plastic collection carousels and had a box for the overflow. Hockey, cars, and airplanes. I think that my airplane collection was complete it very close to it. Wish I had it today!

I remember the small hexagonal hockey cards that came under the caps of Beehive corn syrup bottles. Or is my memory faulty??

I have an almost complete collection of the car coins. Missing only two.

Have a big can with all these coins.

Omg I forgot about those we used to collect them lol

I remember these!

sweet memories here with these...wow !!!

Remember these well!

I too had some of these haven't thought of them in years thanks for yet another memory

I had so many - almost a complete collection of the airplane ones. I think almost every picture on those was from the Aviation Museum collection.

I have some of these.

Oh wow I remember these!

Patty Groves Danny Groves Cathy Roncari ??

Oh yes! I had a collection of the car coins.

Used mine as poker chips

I remember those! I wish now I could remember what I did with them all. LOL

Still have them! They belonged to my grandparents.

Loved these! Had the planes, and cars. Suppose my parents threw them out. Wish I still had them.

ha lots, specially liked the old cars, planes, hockey players, trainsd

Wow! Blast from the past....I remember..I remember!

Use to collect them... only remember the cars and hockey players.

I remember the hockey coins and the hockey marbles.

11 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

A young lady at the Easter Bunny (and chicken?) store window in 1956.

Photo came up when I entered "Ottawa Easter" in the LAC search engine.

Not sure what store it is, but the picture does capture a certain moment alright!

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A young lady at the Easter Bunny (and chicken?) store window in 1956.

Photo came up when I entered Ottawa Easter in the LAC search engine.

Not sure what store it is, but the picture does capture a certain moment alright!

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I remember buying my girlfriend a huge chocolate egg which could be opened and contained at least a half pound of chocolates inside

I think there was a Candy Store near Morrow's Nut House on Sparks street and/or Morrow's had Candy at Easter. I think it could have been a Candy Store in Hardy Arcade between Sparks and Queen near Morrows.

From my uncle Edgar's candy store on Elgin with my cousin Terry

Could also be Gelman (sp) on Dalhousie street?? It made all kinds of candy & chocolate things for Easter and other occasions.

there was a French chocolatier on Dalhousie ...i cannot remember the name ...but they were amazing ... 50's ++++

Cathy Ritchie do you remember going to Ben Gellman’s on Dalhousie with dad at Easter and Christmas!

Ben Gelman. Our Grampa always got us Easter treats there.

I remember a chocolate store on Sparks Street back in the 1950s. I remember mom taking me there to get chocolate bunnies. There was also a store that sold all types of nuts too...

It may be Laura Secord's, that used to be on Bank Street, corner of Queen

Look at the bottom of the photo. There is a G and an N. probably was Gelman Candies & Chocolates.

22 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

This one is entitled "Twistin' with Rompin Ronnie" and I'm guessing that means Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins playing Ottawa at Carleton University in 1964. Somewhere in the Unicentre?

I seem to recall someone mentioning the band also had a residency at Pineland around this time.

Love the four column PA's and the tiny amp!

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This one is entitled Twistin with Rompin Ronnie and Im guessing that means Rompin Ronnie Hawkins playing Ottawa at Carleton University in 1964. Somewhere in the Unicentre?

I seem to recall someone mentioning the band also had a residency at Pineland around this time.

Love the four column PAs and the tiny amp!

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Now with picture!

I think the Unicentre was built around the 1969-70 school year.

How about the Oak Door and Pineland?

Wasn’t there a place called the Greer Door or the Red Door. I remember hearing Ronnie Hawkins there one night.

I’m pretty sure this event took place across the river in the Hull Armories. I was there.

The Hawks, soon to become the Band, were wicked that night! By about mid nite, a strong rumour spread that the place would be raided. At least half the crowd left because of being underage.

I think the Unicentre was built around the 1969-70 school year.

I do remember such an event at a Carleton Animal Dance. It was held in a golf club -- out toward Aylmer, farther out and opposite side of the Aylmer road from the Chaud. Plenty of broken glass on the floor.

Picture?

did the Unicentre exist in 1964??

No pic?

23 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

Link to a Gatineau Park announcement that they will be closing the park to motorists overnight as part of a pilot project.

Seems the folks of Ottawa and Gatineau have different opinions about this!

I'm not sure if I get the story right, but the main problem seems to be racing in the park after dark, with the consequent accident and safety problems?

Please keep discussion civil.

www.facebook.com/gatineaupark/photos/a.254606051379453/1222144754625573/?type=3&theaterNEW | The Gatineau Park parkways (Gatineau, Champlain and Fortune Lake) will be closed to motorists overnight as part of a new pilot project as of May 17, 2019 (road conditions permitting).πŸŒ™

The parkways will close to motorists approximately 30 minutes after sunset and reopen beginning at 8 am the following morning.

Access to all parking lots on the periphery of the Park and outside the parkway network will remain unchanged. Pedestrians and cyclists will still have access; however, hiking and cycling at night are not recommended.

Details πŸ‘‰ ow.ly/PR0W50qrVu5
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Link to a Gatineau Park announcement that they will be closing the park to motorists overnight as part of a pilot project. 

Seems the folks of Ottawa and Gatineau have different opinions about this!

Im not sure if I get the story right, but the main problem seems to be racing in the park after dark, with the consequent accident and safety problems?

Please keep discussion civil. 

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In his first major move on Gatineau Park, NCC CEO Tobi Nussbaum announced he'll be closing evening access to the Gatineau Parkway... as soon as it opens next May 17. Although the public has enjoyed this free access since Prime Minister John Diefenbaker opened the first leg of the parkway at Fortune Lake in October 1960, the NCC says it will close the parkway to the public to increase safety and reduce user conflicts. For nearly 59 years, the public had unfettered access to the parkway, a key gateway and symbol of public access to nature... Now the new CEO makes demolishing a cornerstone of the whole park plan his first move on the file, seemingly saying “We had to deny the public access to the parkway so that they could keep enjoying it.” A line of reasoning that would be in complete harmony with the obscurantist expression US governments used to justify their war crimes in Vietnam: “We had to destroy the village to save it.” “If motor vehicles remain in the Park after sunset, Gatineau Park employees and police will clear the park,” said the NCC statement accompanying Mr. Nussbaum’s clampdown on public access to the parkway. In a very sad twist of irony, this comes on the heels of Park Director Christie Spence’s July 2018 permission to 60 Meech Lake residents to continue encroaching and squatting on the publicly owned shoreline and lakebed. “Having management and control rights in respect of Meech Lake,” wrote Ms. Spence in her letters to residents, “and as owner of the property on which your infrastructure encroaches,” the NCC “is disposed to permit its encroachment on federal park property at Meech Lake.” So the NCC has given owners of “boat houses built on or partially built on NCC land” personal easements or occupation licenses. These privileges will be passed on to spouses, children and grandchildren, “until the end of the structure’s useful life, or 49 years (not transferable upon sale outside of the family),” said a July 12, 2017 memo approved by the disgraced former chief executive. Among the 60 or so private property encroachments at Meech Lake are boat houses, docks, stairs, walls, fences, changing cabins and flower beds. And two houses built on the lakebed. This decision to allow private property encroachment on Meech Lake shorelines and lakebeds is completely out of step with the NCC’s Gatineau Park Conservation Plan, which says that easements and private properties “don’t reflect the ecological values of a conservation park. They stress the environment by causing water pollution, habitat fragmentation, shoreline erosion and encroachments on the visitor experience.” In short: the NCC is giving Meech Lake residents 49-year squatting privileges, while taking away 59-year old public access privileges.

If they have the personnel to clear the park of vehicles every night, then they have the personnel to patrol the parkway every night. Reallocate a couple of police units away from giving out parking tickets at night, or some other cash-grab make-work that has no bearing on public safety. It's a question of priority and public security; a no-brainer. This is the wrong response to simple bureaucratic mismanagement.

Great. No one should be going up at night with cars. People drinking and smoking. You want to go up. Hike with a lamp or bike.

The real solution would be to encourage people to go to Calabogy, Mont Tramblanc and Mirable where there are race tracks.

Lack of police patrols is the result of budget cuts. Not just the Gatineau Park but on the city streets and the 417. You can drive from Orleans to Kanata at night and never see a police car. Meanwhile I’m being passed by cars zooming down the road, drivers being aggressive and my favourite, no lights on. Maybe the police know it’s too dangerous to be on the roads!!

The park is noisiest during the overnight periods in the summer when motorcycles race along the Parkway. They can be heard at a great distance.

Gatineau police are to busy checking parking lots for unlocked doors and expired license tags.

This is really sad. I used to love going there specifically at night to gaze at the stars at the top on balmy Summer nights. I feel the police force have been doing an absolutely HORRIBLE job protecting careful motorists and pedestrian/cyclists on the road. This Winter alone, I have never seen so many morons in my life taking the stupidest chances, reaching dangerous speeds in slow areas and maneuvering their way through traffic in icy/heavy snow conditions, endangering the lives of so many innocent people. I guess it's easier for police to just hang out in parking lots instead, ticketing people who don't lock their doors.

This TV report of a fatal nighttime crash in the park is not rare. Closing the parkway overnight will save lives. www.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1406332

Why not fill the road with photo radar?

Somebody is going to get trapped in there one night and just bash their way through the gate to get out. Better to bring back regular police patrols.

I remember back in the days when the RCMP where patrolling you had to be carefull with your speed limit.What the hell is going on today.Did they fired all the police officer.Wake up and hurt them where it hurts in the wallet.So this way not all the people will pay for these ..... people

You'd think they'd just have more enforcement to thin out the idiots but guess that required effort or something.

In my view it's not wise to react with restrictions everywhere every time people do stupid things. We will end up losing too much freedom. We can't stop foolishness with more foolishness. That's life, you can choose to be wise or choose dumb.

Great move

The problem is teenagers and idiots hanging out at night in the parking lots and trails and leaving shit everywhere . Why would anyone want to hangout in Gatineau park after dark ? I don’t get why this is a big deal. If you want to walk into the park at night then go for it. But why keep the roads and parking lots open? There’s already a curfew for public parks everywhere. Not much different

God I wish all you idiots would smarten up. Your ruining everything for everyone (guys speeding etc)

From a previous wreckless driver yes shut her down at night when your immature you make stupid decisions.

These days it only takes one idiot to ruin it for everyone,

1 day ago

Lost Ottawa

Jacki Hopper shares the morning puzzler, with a picture of this Ottawa schoolbook.

Asks Jacki:OK... How many of you recall reading these or your parents had them in their elementary schooling years?! Also Mr. Mugs Readers as well...?!?!... And singing out these books during Music class day?!... How about the good ol Phonics Workbooks?!
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Jacki Hopper shares the morning puzzler, with a picture of this Ottawa schoolbook.

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OK... Well... Seeing the other photo did not show up in my original posting... Only the songbook one... Here is the other photo

I remember the Songtime books when I was in elementary school back in the 1970s, And also the C E Potts books on spelling and English language comprehension. My sister (sixteen years younger) was given one of the C E Potts books as a way of helping her out in this subject and looking through it brought memories back for myself, lol.

I loved Mr. Mugs! Have wanted an Old English Sheepdog ever since. The songtime books were great, and I'm sure that we had many generations of good readers and writers because of the phonics books.

Wow that brings back memories!!!

Ah Mr. Muggs!!!

I loved mr. Mugs

I remember the song book, not in my parents time.

Flashback city!

Mr. Mugs! Haven't thought of him in years!

I remember this so well it is like going back in time

I had posted 2 photos to accompany this posting... Guess the 2nd didn't show... To see the other photo.. My posting here will make more senseπŸ€”πŸ˜‰

1 day ago

Lost Ottawa

A gentleman puts the frosting on a chocolate Trans Canada Airline plane in 1956. And that gives Lost Ottawa an excuse to say Happy Easter!

Photographed by Ottawa-based photographer Gar Lunney, who worked for the NFB, this photo was used in NFB Photo Stories (something they used to do).

My mom told me she had a job in a chocolate factory when she was young. First day on the job they told her to eat all the chocolates she wanted ... and that cured that!

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A gentleman puts the frosting on a chocolate Trans Canada Airline plane in 1956. And that gives Lost Ottawa an excuse to say Happy Easter! 

Photographed by Ottawa-based photographer Gar Lunney, who worked for the NFB, this photo was used in NFB Photo Stories (something they used to do).

My mom told me she had a job in a chocolate factory when she was young. First day on the job they told her to eat all the chocolates she wanted ... and that cured that!

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I remember when I was a kid there was a Laura Secord chocolate shop at Holland and Wellington and the employees said the same thing about eating as much chocolate as they wanted. I guess you don't care much for it after that?

My first paid job was at Baskin Robbins (at Billings Bridge; long gone). We got an ice cream per shift, plus any leftover shake. It didn’t put a dent in my love for ice cream...

Remember when you used to get those hollow eggs and the person would write your name on them!?! It looked like this. I think my mom got them at Woolworths. I remember being so excited for them because my name was too rare to find on anything. 😁

Yes I do!

My Mother's friend had a part time job making chocolate bunnies and chickens at Easter. She was allowed to take bags of broken pieces and since she didn't have any kids, we each got a BIGGG bag. We didn't care that it was broken pieces...it was still chocolate! Yummm

In my day the Easter bunny picked up my Easter chocolate at Gelman’s on Dalhousie. One year I received a chocolate airplane a lot like the one pictured. My all time favourite!

Does anyone remember Eddie's candy store on Elgin Street? Best Easter bunnies ever! They came in a box very similar to the picture. I believe all the candy was made on site.

I've heard that before.

1 day ago

Lost Ottawa

Spring in Ottawa? Here's a photo of the fun you could get up to, pulling' a wheelie on your Mustang bike with those fabulous Ape Hangers.

Originally posted by Pete Slack as a comment in a story we had about Supercycle bikes.

I'm going through old posts in preparation for Lost Ottawa Book 3, and see a lot of good stuff in the comments!
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Spring in Ottawa? Heres a photo of the fun you could get up to, pulling a wheelie on your Mustang bike with those fabulous Ape Hangers.

Originally posted by Pete Slack as a comment in a story we had about Supercycle bikes.

Im going through old posts in preparation for Lost Ottawa Book 3, and see a lot of good stuff in the comments!

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I was so happy a guy I used to go to Sunday school with got a brand new bike,and his Dad ended up giving me his old mustang , complete with the banana seat ! I was so happy to get it! 😁

Still have my CCM Mustang early 70s

Happy to say "Been there, done that, wore out the tee shirt!" Great bikes...so many fun memories!!πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜

Looking forward to seeing book #3, always enjoy your posts, thank you. This bike was after my time of riding bikes, I had a blue & white CCM & I loved it, such freedom! πŸ™‚

My best cousin and I use to play CHIPS (from the TV show) on our bikes when we were kids!πŸ˜‚β€οΈ

That looks like Herongate in it's early days.

and some new old stock parts

Used to do this on my 10 speed after I got rid of my mustang.

no sissy bar?

I did too. On mustang and 10 speeds.

I still have a few Banana seat bikes around .

OMG the kids in the pictures don't have helmets! That is dangerous! How could they possibly be happy?

Both pics 1184 Summerville Ave west end

Definitely a Minto area.

Where do you get these Mike?

Does this one have a banana seat (can't tell)? Great memories.

Never was good at cat walking , my brother could do laps of the street. Even on his heavy Raleigh Rampar bmx

you had the duo matic.... but the the long run was the Cat Walk....

You haven't changed a bit. Ha

Bayshore or Meadowlands , East end ?

When Bayshore was a pleasant place to live in.

... and the front tire comes off in 3...2...1... lol

Spent countless hours doing this. Best done on a 10 speed

This picture was taken by Peter Wayne in 1974 ish in Bayshore . Thats one of many garbage picked bicycles I built back then .

Looks like the picture was taken in Bayshore or Parkwood Hills.

2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

I cribbed this from Linda Seccaspina's blog. It's a French-language video of Storyland, which was once a big destination for Ottawa Valley kids.1985 ... See MoreSee Less

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My grown-up kids are still traumatized by the thought of the nursery rhyme 'characters'. haha

Yep πŸ‘

Katie Ann I love that this is in lost Ottawa

You should see it now. It’s an incredible getaway for Ottawa Valley locals looking for a stay-cation. ❀️

Glad we took our daughter years ago.

Now the large Bunny is in Carleton Place....

I remember Storyland, I drove my first Go-Cart there!

Was that the old Bible themed park from up the Valley?

I have a little red riding hood costume that one of the characters wore! Found in an antique store in Merrickville

I went there as a kid.😊

I loved the mushroom gift shop, huge part of my childhoodβ€πŸ„

Took our kids there many times. They loved it!

Storyland has been transformed to a beautiful modern glamping destination getaway called Elements - a real jewel in the Ottawa Valley!

I saw commercials for this place an laughed almost every time. Now I wish I'd gone at least once.

Wendy Mason Kelly

I was terrified of 1/2 these characters as a child!

Laura Johnson

One time my grandparents were taking my sister and I to Storyland, but refused to tell us where we were going. Best surprise. πŸ™‚

2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Remember these? Paul Latour shares a photo of Ottawa's ancient parking meters.

Writes PaulMETER MATTER

A man plunks a coin into one of the long row of parking meters in the Byward Market along York Street after finally finding a spot to park his car.

The parking spots (with a matching row facing this one) remain to this day. Back in 2010, however, the coin operated meters were removed by the city and replaced by the solar powered "Pay and Display" smart parking meters we use today which is capable of taking both coin and credit cards to pay.

I took this photo with a 300mm lens from north side of the Connaught Building on MacKenzie Avenue looking down onto the market area 34 years ago in 1985.

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Remember these? Paul Latour shares a photo of Ottawas ancient parking meters.

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Great pic Paul. Any from St. Pius?

The line up outside the little bar district on York st (the Laff, and Zaphods) always reminded me of Cool Hand Luke when all the bars shut for the night and nobody was around. That was a long line of meters.

'Ancient' was awesome - didn't have to walk walk walk to find a machine, print a ticket then walk back to your car.

Ancient haha is there a kid moderating

And once and a while you would find a meter with time still remaining!

Memories. I worked for a security service that cleared these meters every Friday from 600pm to 200am in Ottaws and hull Summer was not hard but winter was lousy.

I knew a guy from Fort-Coulonge who told me he was on a construction crew once and after a day working in the city, they drove down Albert St. in their truck in the dead of night and cut all the aluminum poles with a gas-powered circular saw and took all the meters full of quarters back to a barn in PQ.

The skill was finding a parkingspot where there was still some time in the meter.

Put those coins in! Save the bills for the Bare Fax.

Worse now and more expensive than ever....I would never drive down to the Byward Market!

Hated the ones that didn't work well

Back then the York St. spaces were used for PARKING...not those silly storage containers for tourists LOL

it was a skill at times... but fun times ...

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