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6 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

Thomas Wright shares this video from the Ottawa Film and Video Makers.

The silent story (but with music) seem to be about the various way you could exchange dollars bills, but there are many scenes of places around Ottawa from the 50s.
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Ooops! I had no way to post this for the regular evening slot, so here it is now ...

15 hours ago

Lost Ottawa

Looking over northwest over Ottawa from the Old Court House on Nicholas Street in 1967.

You can almost see how much the Parliament Building meant to the city at that time in the sense of the wealth and the outstanding architecture it brought to the city.

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Looking over northwest over Ottawa from the Old Court House on Nicholas Street in 1967.

You can almost see how much the Parliament Building meant to the city at that time in the sense of the wealth and the outstanding architecture it brought to the city.

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We can nail down the date pretty well, given the Library is only partly built. So this was 1876

Wow! I sure don’t remember all those houses being between Nicholas St. and the Parliament Buildings in 1967 — Centennial year. Looks like maybe 100 years before that.

A copy of this same photo (from a different source) was shared here earlier this year. There was considerable debate about the location of the camera. It was noted that the building in the distance at upper right appear to be the Albion Hotel, putting the location well south and east of the Court House. www.facebook.com/LostOttawa/photos/a.380380215394542/2147630715336141/?type=3&theater

Definitely not 1967! The city was a lot more built up by then... and those are the original Parliament buildings.

Imagine the huge expenditure of human energy required to create this substantial settlement in just 40 years from the creation of the Rideau Canal -- effectively, Ottawa's birthdate. There are plenty of shanties but also lots of stone and brick.

I remember visiting Ottawa for the first time in 1968, and wondered if it was really the capitol of Canada, I was looking for big buildings..Parliament stuck out. Beautiful..

Not 1967 for sure but I don't think the parliament buildings were there in 1867 either. I think we need a new date for this. Great picture though regardless of the date.

Think this one’s been posted before. The view is from a lot further east.

You are ahead by a century, as Gord would say

Definitely 1867 - those are the buildings that burned in 1916.

I've seen this image before. It dates from 1867, before the "crown" was added to the Victoria Tower (c.1868-1870)

What a huge mistake, That is not 1967

Before the 1916 fire.

That picture has been shown so many times

I was married in the Courthouse on Nicholas St in 1967. Ottawa wasn't built up back then. Just a handful of highrise apartments. I worked in the Temporary Buildings downtown.

1867... ?

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2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Three Ottawa RCMP officers in their classic uniforms.

It's kind of red overload, really. But it does harken back to a time when the Mounties dressed up for their Hill Service ... and rode horses instead of SUVs!

(Postcard, ND, but circa 1950?)
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Three Ottawa RCMP officers in their classic uniforms. 

Its kind of red overload, really. But it does harken back to a time when the Mounties dressed up for their Hill Service ... and rode horses instead of SUVs!

(Postcard, ND, but circa 1950?)

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We were so proud of these this is what Canada was but no longer to many changes to accomodate or please everyone. Beautiful dress uniform intact with the proper hats etc.

I asked one of the Rcmp this summer, it’s only for ceremony and show on the hill . Special occasions.

The postcard/picture may be from the sixties. I have some from then.

Why is everyone complaining so much? They were in red for the tourists with a horse, but the actual policing required vehicles and regular uniforms-then and now. Do you really think that every RCMP member on the hill dressed this way for their ordinary duties. For some people everything always going to h*ll. It must be exhausting.

This was a different time. The members were on the hill showing our colours to all who came in piece. Now the same women and men are primarily there for the security of staff and visitors. The Red Serge is not a practical crime fighting uniform and the need for communication with all members via their laptops dictates the necessity for the SUV. Imagine that there was a time you could drive up the lane and park on the hill.

Sign of the times. Kevlar vests wouldn't fit well under tailored red serge coats.

I remember coming back to Ottawa with my young son and we went to the Hill. The Mounties were in full dress on horses and even took the time for my son to pet the horse.

You could get this image on a postcard. I had at least one.

And the Peace Tower clock only showed the correct time. No temperature or humidity info. LOL !

Was such positive P.R. for the RCMP also. Why can't we have this back during tourist season at least. Doesn't mean there couldn't also be officers in vehicles also. Besides, I'm sure there is an officer also posted inside plus the security staff. So many members want to be part of the musical ride so why not have a horse on the hill! I really think it sould be brought back.

They were still doing this in the 60s, I remember going to see them. ๐Ÿ™‚

And this photo was likely taken before there were women RCMP members.

They could get through the halls quick but it made a heck of Clip Clop racket !

Those uniforms were hot in summer!

They should still have some dressed in Red on the Hill

They take a huge tourist attraction like the Mounties in red serge on horseback and stuff them into SUVs. Canada has little to really distinguish itself from other countries. This was one of them.

My grandpere was an RCMP on parliament hill

DayGlo Mounties ๐Ÿ™‚

Maryse Ethier for David ๐Ÿ˜›

Dan Grenier ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

Seems anyone associated with law enforcement these days dress like SWAT teams

Back when they weren't bell hops

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2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

A fine Ottawa gas station, located at the corner of Nicholas and Laurier in 1964.

Looks like there was still a little full-service going on!

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A fine Ottawa gas station, located at the corner of Nicholas and Laurier in 1964.

Looks like there was still a little full-service going on!

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I remember stations with full service well into the seventies, and some even in the eighties. In fact I believe self service at gas stations was still relatively new in the eighties.

I am fairly certain that was my father’s gas station. We have been searching for pictures of it for years. Even looks like my father at the back of the car in his dress pants and rolled up sleeves, likely pumping the gas. I remember my aunt telling me a few years back that it was expropriated when they were going to build the NAC...not sure why.

I agree Laurie that it looks like your Dad. How wonderful to have this photo

You have to admit that cars made with so much steel, back then, were like small tanks on the road but I will bet you there are more fatalities now from driving practices and to think if you saw a seat belt you would tuck it under the seat to get it away from you...What has changed so much??

The Easo gas station was operated by Dick Laframbois who also had an Esso service station in Vanier at the corner of Montreal Rd and (North) River Rd across from the Shell station.

Wasn't there a restaurant next door called the Chandelle...?

Nicholas @ Rideau if I’m not mistaken.

Is this picture looking west across nicholas??

Today

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2 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Ottawa's Bytown Museum is well worth a stroll down to the end of the Rideau Canal, but the museum can be a little hard to reach sometime -- so here's an alternative!

It's a virtual tour of the museum, which you can take by clicking this link:

bytownmuseum.com/virtual-tour/

As with all these things it will take you a few minutes to get used to the controls, but if you pay attention to the circles you'll be able to move around, zoom in and learn about Ottawa's past.
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Ottawas Bytown Museum is well worth a stroll down to the end of the Rideau Canal, but the museum can be a little hard to reach sometime -- so heres an alternative!

Its a virtual tour of the museum, which you can take by clicking this link:

https://bytownmuseum.com/virtual-tour/

As with all these things it will take you a few minutes to get used to the controls, but if you pay attention to the circles youll be able to move around, zoom in and learn about Ottawas past.

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Went there for a Doors Open day. Also like the museum in Smiths Falls also dedicated to the canal as well.

I remember it from the '60s -- the sort of place you loved to explore on a rainy summer day. It was the typical jumbled small-town museum -- musty 19th C clothes, flags carried into battle by Ottawa lads in the Boer War, that sort of thing. My favourite exhibits were a stash of original newspaper ads from Devlin's department store -- RJ Devlin himself wrote the hilarious copy. All this has now been swept away.

And my son’s photos are on display there til December! โค๏ธ

This is brilliant! . I can actually read all descriptive messaging, nobody is standing in front of me, the visuals are crisp.

The only thing missing from the virtual tour are the ghosts who haunt the place. ๐Ÿ˜†

Lovely!

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3 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Hard to explain to the boss here in Ottawa how you managed this this parking job?

Looks like the truck crane was trying to lift a section of a bigger crane on or off an apartment building along Carling Avenue, in June of 1971.

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Hard to explain to the boss here in Ottawa how you managed this this parking job?

Looks like the truck crane was trying to lift a section of a bigger crane on or off an apartment building along Carling Avenue, in June of 1971.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA050266)

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Wonder if my dad was on this job??? Anyone with an idea of which company it was?

That's not all that uncommon, but always impressive and scary.

I lived at the building in 1972. I had an amazing view. The area has changed dramatically over the years.

Here's the Ottawa Citizen note, June29, 1971

That would be Bromley Square Apartments at 2001 Carling Ave. on the north side of Carling Ave. just west of Bromley Rd., east of Carlingwood Shopping Centre. You can see the duplex in the distance, corner of Carling and Maplecrest - still there today.

Shouldn't laugh, but damn that looks funny!

If this is the building I'm thinking, there was a fire when it was under construction in the winter and the building was covered in heavy ice

Creative parking, no?

Yikes!!!

Before m’y Time But work Edith ralf

Jason Greenwood

Martin Tassé: Dulepka !!!!

Yikes

Denis Gravelle Jean Bernard Brady

Opps!

Looks like they were erecting a section of tower for a man and material hoist. A.k.a. an outdoor temporary elevator.

This is just a typical employee who doesnt know what they're doing. Smh

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3 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Here's a nice milk (or cream?) jug for your morning coffee in Lost Ottawa. It's from the Cavendish Restaurant, referred to in its own promo literature as "the Palatial Restaurant of Eastern Canada."

The restaurant was located at 184 Sparks Street, which would put it right where the CBC is now. So if you listed to CBC with morning coffee, you're all set!

Not sure when the Cavendish got started, but it seems to have lasted for three of four decades before suffering a fire in May of 1954.

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Heres a nice milk (or cream?) jug for your morning coffee in Lost Ottawa. Its from the Cavendish Restaurant, referred to in its own promo literature as the Palatial Restaurant of Eastern Canada. 

The restaurant was located at 184 Sparks Street, which would put it right where the CBC is now. So  if you listed to CBC with morning coffee, youre all set!

Not sure when the Cavendish got started, but it seems to have lasted for three of four decades before suffering a fire in May of 1954.

Shared by Tom Dunlop.

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The Cavendish Cafe was opened, in a newly constructed building, July 17, 1926 by proprietor Eddie Hamilton. Millson & Burgess were the architects. It saw major renovation under new management - D'arcy and Harry Coulson - in 1939.

3 days ago

Lost Ottawa

Sunday Drive! Out for a spin in Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood, circa 1950.

Shared by Ken Sudhues, who writes:As mentioned in a comment earlier, let's look past the subject of the photo and look at the background. That's 265 Fifth Avenue on the left. If you check Google Maps, it and the apartment building next door are still there, pretty much unchanged, although the street seems a bit narrower and the front yards a bit smoother. And that's a friend's Dad in his 41 Ford. Photo taken in 1949 or 50.
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Sunday Drive! Out for a spin in Ottawas Glebe neighbourhood, circa 1950.

Shared by Ken Sudhues, who writes:

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Love the fedora. All self-respecting men wore the fedora.

My grandparents former home at 292 Fifth. I believe it just sold again.

I know it isn't a Volvo, but this car's resemblance to the PV544 reminds me of the an old joke: Why is it hard to find a place to park in the Glebe? Because all the world's Volvos are there.

In the 50’s my parents rented the top floor of 184 5th Ave. The house is still there from what I can see on google. Right across from Mutchmor Public School where I went to 4 year old kindergarten. What I loved most was it was right beside a little convenience store that sold the rolled ice cream in cherry, chocolate, or vanilla to put in cones. Also red lips, candy cigarettes & black liquorice cigars. On google looks like store now a small condominium.

My aunt lived in that building in the 1970s.

The “Theresa” apt. building.

What is the car, a Dodge?

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