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3 hours ago

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Looking east Along Albert towards Bank from Kent Street in the mid-1950s.

Second building on the left is the old Colonial Bus Terminal. Looks like a bus on the right. Also a wee reminder that the streetcars once ran along Albert on their way out to Westboro.
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Looking east Along Albert towards Bank from Kent Street in the mid-1950s.

Second building on the left is the old Colonial Bus Terminal. Looks like a bus on the right. Also a wee reminder that the streetcars once ran along Albert on their way out to Westboro.

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I lived on Albert street near Bank street. There were 6 semi detached houses, the main station for the cross Canada bus station opposite , a barbershop, a taxi stand with one taxi, and a brothel. Poverty in the 30’s was picturesque

The beautiful building on the left (Keyes Building) was where I worked for just over a year when it was Parks Canada. Archaeology and Conservation were stationed here. We moved out April of 1975 and this fabulous building was reduced to a parking lot. There were wooden toilets, wooden floors were sloped and the elevator was activated with a pull chain. Still miss this place.

I remember coming home from university for Christmas on year in the early '70s. Outside that terminal, the traffic was gridlocked. My plan was to catch a city bus, but I ended up walking all the way home (Civic Hospital area) because even Carling was not moving. Though rush our in Ottawa can get pretty bad these days, I've never seen anything like it since.

Bought a slide rule at Keyes Supply in 1957. I still have it even though I have not used it in over 50 years. I also have a drafting set bought at the same time.

I took that streetcar from downtown to my home in ottawa west and back, and many times to Britannia Beach as well.

That would be the Colonial *Coach* terminal, I think.

Spent many hours in bus terminal catching bus to Manotick and back. 55 cents.

Little different today.

I would love to see a picture of the old Bus Terminal.

What a great photo!

Sylvia, you lived somewhere in this view, didn't you?

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3 hours ago

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Lost Ottawa Fashion Week, featuring two women modelling casual outfits at a Sparks Street fashion show in July of 1971.

Big belts and bell bottoms were in!

(City of Ottawa Archives CA050396)
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Lost Ottawa Fashion Week, featuring two women modelling casual outfits at a Sparks Street fashion show in July of 1971. 

Big belts and bell bottoms were in!

(City of Ottawa Archives CA050396)

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Lookin' GOOD. πŸ™‚ I don't remember the steps facing any building on Sparks at that time. Guess I didn't get out much LOL

hipsters and bell bottoms, remember those like it was yesturday lol.

Oh those bell bottoms ... love it ... when are they coming back???

We were always in fashion in that decade. Loved it.

Steps led up to public washrooms among other places.

Interesting/ cool photo... those stairs were removed must be 10 + years ago? How things change....

Dig the bell bottoms

good old days

Love it.

Models with clothes on and nothing hanging out! Novel ideaπŸ™‚ I remember these days in Ottawa.. there was many barefoot long haired people as well. It was a great time in this city .

I think the big takeaway is the number of people actually on Sparks Street.

I started working at Slater and O’Connor in 1971 and I spent many lunch hours shopping on Sparks Street πŸ€—

Time to go to Scott's for a salisbury steak plate with mushroom gravy

Across the street...Morrow’s Nut House.

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15 hours ago

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How not to park ... at 241 Lyon street in downtown Ottawa.

Step 1 - don't drive over the curb
Step 2 - don't cross the sidewalk.
Step 2 - don't knock down you neighbours porch!

Let that be a lesson to you, kids. And there sure are a lot of kids there!

(Shared by Mark Rehder)
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How not to park ... at 241 Lyon street in downtown Ottawa.

Step 1 - dont drive over the curb
Step 2 - dont cross the sidewalk.
Step 2 - dont knock down you neighbours porch!

Let that be a lesson to you, kids. And there sure are a lot of kids there!

(Shared by Mark Rehder)

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St looks different now.

I seem to recall a fire truck on its way to a call ending up on the porch of the house at the corner of Lyon and Gladstone.

The children seem pretty thrilled about it though.

Lyon...the “ Speedway” to 417.

There are two buildings on Bell St. that look just like the pictured buildings.?

How not to crash while DUI

Its 2020 and people in ottawa still do this kinda crap... πŸ˜‚

Unique buildings. One is melded to the other.

About 40 years ago I lived right across the street, at 240.

first drive thru service

Great photo!

Probably had to bang out the fender, and replace one headlight.

Yikes! Ouch! 😯

So...nothing’s new is the subtext?

Alcohol may have been a factor

9/16 " wrench

Is that a Kaiser?

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15 hours ago

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How not to park ... sometimes Ottawa sign really tell the truth!

(City of Ottawa Archives CA033715)
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How not to park ... sometimes Ottawa sign really tell the truth!

(City of Ottawa Archives CA033715)

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Right beside my parents’ house. Before my time there, I think.

Well, it’s definitely stopped...so it’s got that going for it.

Looks like a '55 Ford- judging by the round piece in the middle of the grill - My dad had a 55 4door.

Patricia Ave. and ?

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Interesting that Patricia Avenue stops a couple of blocks short of Scott Street nowadays. In fact, it looks like the intersection must have been very close to where Island Park Drive hits Scott. www.google.com/maps/place/Patricia+Ave,+Ottawa,+ON/@45.3983497,-75.7461489,18.67z/data=!4m5!3m4!1...

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1 day ago

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Lost Ottawa Fashion Week, featuring the short skirts that were so fashionable in the early 1970s.

The lady identified as "Miss Postal Code, 1971."

(City of Ottawa Archives CA050153)
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Lost Ottawa Fashion Week, featuring the short skirts that were so fashionable in the early 1970s. 

The lady identified as Miss Postal Code, 1971.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA050153)

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This is why I have so many adult childrenπŸ‘πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ No regretsπŸ˜‡

dropping mail into a dual E26.....(post office lingo for 2 full size street letter boxes )

I liked those classic mailboxes

Don’t want to start a fight.... but I disagree!

Unacceptable angle by today's standards.

Miss those mailboxes

Nice shoes!

The City of Ottawa Archives caption may be misleading. The story was about the introduction of of specially marked boxes for Assured Mail (next day delivery.) I can find no newspaper reference to a "Miss Postal Code." Jeanne Rozon, pictured, represented the Ottawa Post Office in the Miss RA Queen contest May 21, 1971 and was likely wearing her sash from that competition. From the Journal, June 11, 1971:

The postal code became "operational" around that time, hence the promotion by Canada Post. Postal code use allowed for introduction of automated mail sort much to the chagrin of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers who advocated for Canadians to boycott use of the postal code in protest of automation.

Times change. If this offends you, what about hot pants. They showed a lot more leg from every angle.

yup we all wore short dresses and skirts back then

I wore my dresses that short in 1975 lol

Beautiful woman. She can handle my mail. πŸ˜‰πŸ˜

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2 days ago

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Lost Ottawa Fashion Week, featuring a great shot of four ladies from 1957 when hats were still a must.

The women are described as members of a Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies Guild. I wasn't able to find out the occasion, but the lady in the middle seems to be having a heart pinned to her lapel.

This is 1957 -- but those glasses are now back in style!

(City of Ottawa Archives CA043255)
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Lost Ottawa Fashion Week, featuring a great shot of four ladies from 1957 when hats were still a must. 

The women are described as members of a Immaculate Heart of Mary Ladies Guild. I wasnt able to find out the occasion, but the lady in the middle seems to be having a heart pinned to her lapel.

This is 1957 -- but those glasses are now back in style!

(City of Ottawa Archives CA043255)

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This was the Valentine Membership Tea, Sunday Feb. 10, 1957. From the Citizen, the following day:

I remember wearing a hat and white gloves at 4 years old to go to church!

My grandmother had the most wonderful hats!

I remember wearing white gloves to meet the Governor General, in 1969

What I love about the Citizen article are the ladies names - Mrs. Robert something, Mrs. Charles someone, etc. The way it was done back then. It was one of my mom's favorite things, being Mrs. James Dazé.

I graduated from a Special Commercial course at Immaculata High School in April of 1959. We were taught to always wear a hat and gloves to a job interview so later that month I did as I was told, had an interview and at 16 years of age was rewarded with a job as a stenographer at a car dealership!

White gloves for church...always...and a crescent shaped hat! Only day I got to ditch my Buster Browns and wear my patent leather “good” shoes.

Tea time folks!!! 😁

Gloves and hats were a must when I was growing up.

Based on the cupids on the memberships sign, I'm going to guess this was a Valentine’s Day tea and membership drive for The Ladies Guild. The woman getting the heart perhaps enrolled the most new members. Or she was new member # something or other. A heart would be doubly appropriate for the Immaculate Heart of Mary church. The church was and is on Alta Vista Drive. Since I grew up in the area around that time, some of those women might have been mothers of friends.

It was quite the honour to be asked to pour the tea.

Would now be Catholic Women’s League. Wonderful service organization.

“Edna, Mabel, Myrtle and Deirdre!!”

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3 days ago

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Richard Devitt shares a link to some rare Ottawa footage, featuring Hintonburg in the early 1950s.

The footage was taken as part of a parenting movie made by Crawley Films for the NFB, and posted online by Dave Allston of the Kitchissippi Museum
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Definitely think I saw the Carleton Tavern during the crosswalk scene.

Crawley Films. Was a great company.

That is so great. I wonder if the full movie is available at the NFB?

Grew up on Caroline Ave so I remember most of these scenes. Shell gas station on the corner of Huron and Wellington run by Marty Quinn when it closed.

Sheryl Harris

Margot Vardigans-Shaver can you spot the Carleton Tavern

Souad Saikali. U can see the Carleton in the video

Crawley Films was based in Hintonburg.

Does anybody recognize where the homes near the end of the excerpt are? Would they be in veteran's housing in the Apeldoorn/Normandy Crescent area? Or Merivale near Carling?

How cool is that?

Utterly delightful

Apparently, you could take your kid to the roundhouse to see the steam engines.

I remember that hardware store, now Thyme and Again

Awful, portraits children as next to a she devil πŸ‘Ώ

Those were the days!

Wellington and Parkdale 1958

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3 days ago

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When you are clearing out your Ottawa house, you find all sorts of great bargains you picked up ... decades ago. For example, a perfectly good bake pan purchased at BiWay.

BiWay once had more than 250 stores across Canada, but closed in 2001. I just saw an article on the internet that said they are going to re-start the brand in 2020.

Pan shared by Mike Lemmy Monner.
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When you are clearing out your Ottawa house, you find all sorts of great bargains you picked up ... decades ago. For example, a perfectly good bake pan purchased at BiWay.

BiWay once had more than 250 stores across Canada, but closed in 2001. I just saw an article on the internet that said they are going to re-start the brand in 2020.

Pan shared by Mike Lemmy Monner.

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I worked at the meadowlands and merivale location until the end of January 2001. It closed before the others. The landlord wanted us out to redevelop the strip mall.

Remember fondly the Stittsville location in the 90's. Was always a magical place as a kid. Never knew what you were going to find there. The rumours are correct, I heard they are opening a store in Toronto around September 1st. Apparently the original founder of the chain is behind things (despite being in his late 80s) too!

We had a store in Perth. I still have many items I bought there.

I remember shortly after leaving home, receiving scads of Ekco bakeware. Still have a lot of it.

How does someone still have that pie plate, wiith the label still attacked? I have one too...minus the label and the shine! LOL

Love the price on the pie pan!

Bi way at Westgate Mall, in the basement, loved that store.

Here are some coupons for your next visit. Use them wisely.

I think there's one in Toronto.

george street

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3 days ago

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Some great kids fashion on the Sparks Street Mall in July of 1971.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA050404)
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Some great kids fashion on the Sparks Street Mall in July of 1971.

(City of Ottawa Archives CA050404)

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Worked there at that time. Lovely seeing people on the Mall every day.

Everyone looked great in the 70's.

Three guitars and a drum, ya got yourself a band!

I wish I was in Canada then. It could be me with the kids. Would love thatπŸ’˜

Back when you always went out in public with the same outfit as your sister. There were 3 of us when I was a kid back then.

Hey all you older siblings forget, or never had to deal with, hand me downs. I got to wear several shirts that started on Chuck's back - which would make it a hand hand hand me down. It sounds like I'm complaining but a shirt that makes it through three other bothers is soooofffftttt πŸ˜‹ (It wasn't all good though)

Perfect camo for a day at the Fletcher Wildflower Garden!

Our mother made our dresses usually

In the 60s when mom made new curtains the kids got new dresses from the remnants.

Remember that my Easter present was a new pair of knee socks! still try to give my grown up.kids socks of some kind at Easter... small continuation of tradition...😁

They look like they came from modelling somewhere.

The flower-child era...

Always loved long socks and flower dresses

Love the knee socks!

Flower power 🌺

Gosh - These kids are already in their late 50s and early 60s. - They look so neat and well groomed - Don't see those anymore.

Love those dresses!

My sister and I had dresses like that!! Lol πŸ˜‚

Groovy!

Ain't kids from my neighbourhood. That's for sure.

Omg i was 43 years old then and remember walking the Sparks St so many times loved it and life was so much easier then love that time of my life πŸ₯°

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