Category Archives: Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

A #ThrowbackThursday to the Windsor Market that was located at McDougall and Chatham Street. This photograph was taken in 1935 and shows men, women, and children busy buying and selling fresh produce and goods. Are you excited for spring to start buying from our many local farmers?  ...
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Throwback Thursday

A #ThrowbackThursday to the willow walk by the Sandwich Canal. This photograph was captured around 1909 by Andrew Bowlby, one of the original investors in Ford Canada. The canal was dug from Russell St. to the Detroit River to allow American tourists to reach the popular mineral springs. At its peak popularity there was a streetcar line, a ferry service, and a hotel for visitors. By the time Bowlby took...
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Throwback Thursday

A #ThrowbackThursday to some unconventional cargo. The Michigan Central Railway Tunnel was completed in 1909, and opened in 1910, connecting Windsor and Detroit a full 20 years before the automotive tunnel. Before it opened, rail cars were transported by ferry across the river. The dual-tracked train tunnel made it faster for passengers and goods to travel between the two countries.  On the Windsor side, the tunnel surfaces south of Wyandotte...
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Throwback Thursday

A #ThrowbackThursday to the historic Clarke-Bowlby house at 806 Victoria Avenue. The house was built for Alfred H. Clarke, M.P.P. in 1896.  In 1912 it was purchased by prominent businessman Andrew Bowlby and remained in the family until 1988. One of the original investors in Ford Canada, Bowlby also owned a store on Riverside Dr. W. (near Ouellette) that sold clothing, hats, shoes, furnishings, and bicycles. Parked in front of...
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Throwback Thursday

In this photograph children are putting up boards with paintings around the construction site of the Central Library Branch in 1972. The new branch opened in 1973 and allowed the library to expand its collection and services. Today the Central Branch has over 10 000 customers walk through its doors on a weekly basis – will you be one of them?  ...
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Throwback Thursday

Before search engines this is how you found a book at the library. The index card system was discontinued on June 10, 1986. This picture was taken around 1950 at the Carnegie Library. The Carnegie Library was located at the corner of Victoria and Park Street. #throwbackthursday #reading #archives #windsor...
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Throwback Thursday

In 1886, Windsor’s first electric streetcars connected Windsor and Walkerville because of the growth of the Hiram Walker and Sons distillery. The Sandwich, Windsor & Amherstburg Railway (SW&A) built lines that would eventually connect Windsor to Amherstburg, Sandwich, Tecumseh – and beyond. The final line was replaced by buses in 1939. This photograph was taken around 1908. #throwbackthursday #archives #windsor #yqg #history  ...
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Throwback Thursday

We’ve always loved cars in Windsor! Here’s a #throwbackthursday in honour of the auto show in Detroit. These cars were on display at the Essex County Automobile Club in 1960. #WPL #Archives #NAIAS2018 #Chrysler #cars #Windsor #Detroit #automobiles #autoindustry. Can you name them?  ...
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