June 2015

Beneath Carling’s Waves (The King Neptune Car Wash, 1959)

Harkening from the bottom of the sea, Neptune settled on Carling Avenue in 1959 in order to ensure that Ottawa's cars were spotless. Source: Ted Grant / LAC, Accession 1981-181 NPC, Series 388, Item 1 (March 11, 1959).

From the bottom of the sea, Neptune settled on Carling Avenue in 1959 in order to ensure that Ottawa’s cars were spotless. If only that neon was still with us. Source: Ted Grant / LAC, Accession 1981-181 NPC, Series 388, Item 1 (March 11, 1959).

Carling Avenue between Westgate and Carlingwood is a highly interesting part of town to me. Perhaps more so than any other part of town, the built city in the area serves as a great illustration of postwar development. I’ve written about the northwest corner of Carling and Cole before, but because I hadn’t written about the opposite corner, I missed out on the subject of this story. Continue reading…