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CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Every February, Windsorites are invited to take part in celebrations and events which honour the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present, during Black History Month. It’s  a time to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians, who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation we know today.  It’s also an opportunity for the majority of Canadians to learn...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, this Week’s Throwback Thursday pic delves into the archive’s heritage greeting card collection. This Valentine’s Day card was given to Marion Bowlby in the early 1900s from a friend, Stella A (unfortunately no last name was given). Marion was the eldest daughter of Andrew Douglas and Edith Ellen Bowlby. Marion was born on Valentine’s Day in 1895 and would tragically pass away...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken circa 1975. This photograph is looking north-east at the corner of Ouellette and University Avenues. Right at the corner is Thrifty’s Clothing Store, next is Wickham’s of Windsor Men’s Wear, and further along Ouellette is Ronald’s Furs Store and finally Real Lace and Linen Store. Along University Avenue is the United Bar-B-Q Restaurant and the Greyhound Bus Station. All these buildings still stand...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken in 1975, looking north towards Detroit along Ouellette Avenue from Park Street. In this photograph we can see, to the immediate right of the frame, the Canada Building, on the left side of Ouellette is the Le Chateau clothing store. Other business include a food store, a shoe store and a loans business, plus many other commercial establishments. This image attests to the...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

With the holiday season in full swing and Christmas just a week and half away, this Week’s Throwback Thursday Pic comes from the archives ‘Historic Greeting Card’ collection. On the outside of the card it says “Good Cheer” and on the inside it says “A Happy Christmas to you. Bright be your outlook this morning, my dear one. Perfect your freedom from care: Light as a bird when it flies...
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HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING: WE CAN MAKE YOU A STAR

Your favourite public library can help take the stress out of the holidays. Throughout December and culminating with New Year festivities, the year-long WPL ‘We’re More Than Books’ Campaign comes to an end with a primer on holiday entertaining.  Let us provide a virtual chef, party planner, sommelier and maître d’ – they’re all just a click away. The year-long campaign has focussed – in a fun way – on resources...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken around 1975 of Ouellette Avenue looking south west along the 400 block between Park Avenue and Maiden Lane. In this image we catch part of the Metropolitan Department Store on the left side of the photograph. Other businesses in the photograph include Hallmark Cards, Windsor Gift Centre, Biff’s Coffee Shop, Singh’s Unisex and an unidentified shoe, boat and leather goods store. If you...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

Taken in 1967, early in the morning before the city is fully awake, this week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is looking south at the intersection of Ouellette and University Avenues. Located at the south-east corner is the Morris Building with Peoples Credit Jewellers and upstairs is the Seaboard Finance Company. Further along Ouellette is the Palace Theatre. The large office tower is the Canada Building and next to it is the...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken sometime in the early 1940s and is an aerial photograph of the commercial core of Windsor and Detroit. At this time, downtown Windsor and Detroit were important commercial, business and shopping districts for their respective communities. Much has changed in the proceeding eighty years, missing from this photograph is the Renaissance Centre which is very much a symbol of the modern day Detroit...
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THROWBACK THURSDAY

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken in 1975 of the Equity Chambers building. Located on Chatham Street West in downtown Windsor. The building is a three storey office structure that was opened in 1925. Designed by the local architect firm, Nichols, Shepard and Masson Architects. The Equity Chambers building housed for a number a decades a popular local eatery the “Ye Olde Steak House” that open in 1967 and...
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