Category Archives: Throwback Thursday

THROWBACK THURSDAY

Looking north, this week’s Throwback Thursday pic takes us on an aerial view of Windsor and Detroit’s downtowns. Taken in 1950 this view gives us a peek at what the skyline of Detroit and Windsor looked like before the Renaissance Centre and Casino Windsor dominated the riverfront. How many buildings can you identify in this photo? If you enjoyed this glimpse at the past and would like to view more...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday pic was taken in 1928 of the recent opening of the addition to the C. H. Smith Department Store, a Windsor institution. The store named after its founder Charles Henry Smith opened his first store in 1914 on Pitt Street East. In the early 1920s the store opened a location on Ouellette avenue that served as its main entrance. At one point C. H. Smiths had...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday photograph is of former Windsor Mayor Elizabeth Kishkon. Ms. Kishkon passed away on Wednesday August 29th, 2018 and was noted for being Windsor’s only female mayor from 1982 to 1985. Elizabeth Kishkon was born in Oshawa in the early 1930s, where her father worked on the General Motors production line. In 1948 Elizabeth moved to Windsor and worked at various clerical positions. Kishkon’s “political awakening” occurred...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

With Labour Day just around the corner which signals the start of a new school year, this week’s Throwback Thursday Picture is of Gordon McGregor Public School. The school named after the founder of the Ford Motor Company of Canada in Ford City (East Windsor), was opened in 1924 the same year this picture was taken. The school opened with twelve classrooms and because of the explosive population growth of...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s photograph was taken in the early 1910s on Ouellette Avenue looking north from Sandwich Street (today Riverside Drive) towards the Detroit Ferry docks. Located on the north-east corner is the British American Hotel and on the north-west side is the Merchants Bank. Both of these blocks would be demolished by the mid 1970s to make way for the expansion of Dieppe Park. If you are interested in viewing...
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