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 skyline. Windsor’ skyline has changed with both the Prince Edward and Norton Palmer hotels being demolished in the 1970s to make way for new office and condo towers. If you are interested in other historic images of Windsor, please visit the library’s digital exhibits page “Windsor’s History and Pictures” at If you would like more information about Windsor’s Municipal Archives please contact the archives by email at or by phone at 519-255-6770×4414.


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