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Rideau Street at Mosgrove (1977 and 1978)

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Hudson’s Bay Wholesale Delivers (1970s)

An HBC Wholesale truck parked along Elgin Street, late-1970s. Image: HBC Heritage.
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Zeller’s on Sparks (1956)

Zeller’s on Sparks Street in 1956, in anticipation of its post-renovation grand re-opening. The store had been open since 1932, so the renovation was welcome. Image: HBC Heritage.

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Morgan’s on Sparks (1965)

Morgan’s on Sparks Street in 1965. Image: HBC Heritage

The Hudson’s Bay Company acquired the Montreal-based Morgan’s in 1960. The Ottawa store, at 74 Sparks, would not even see the mid-1970s.

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The Bay on Rideau from Above (1981)

Aerial photograph of The Bay on Rideau taken in 1981. Source: HBC Heritage.

The HBC Heritage account on Twitter is always a great source of images of HBC stores and HBC owned/acquired retailers. This aerial photograph was identified to have been taken in 1981. As someone who likes a finer-grained street grid, I still think Mosgrove should not have been closed off for the Rideau Centre and Bay renovation. 

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The City of Ottawa’s Views of Elgin, 1991

In 1991, City of Ottawa planners travelled the streets of Centretown, cameras in hand, documenting the neighbourhood’s built heritage. Since I will be speaking for five minutes tonight at Heritage Ignite! about how Elgin street has inspired my love for Ottawa’s history, I figured that it would be nice to share some of those images. They were sourced from Accession 2009.0453.1 at the City of Ottawa Archives.

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Bill Cadzow Views St. James Town

Shooting for his employer, the CMHC, Bill Cadzow captures a view of Toronto’s St. James Town from a building on Wellesley in July 1971. Image: CMHC 1971-528.

This shot of Toronto’s St. James Town, taken by the CMHC’s Bill Cadzow in July 1971, remains one of my favourites in what I’ve seen of the CMHC’s historic photo collection. I just wish they would digitize more of them after having done so many a few years back. A boy can dream.

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Elgin Goes From Party Palace to Golden Arches

The Ottawa Citizen was present for the conversion of the old Party Palace sign to McDonald’s, which still hangs proud today. Source: Ottawa Citizen, April 11, 1997, 20.

When I wrote about the Party Palace on Elgin Street a few years back for Ottawa Start, I remember having a hard time locating an image of its wonderful sign. One was eventually located and added to the story, but every time I find another one, I’m instantly brought back to writing that story. Above and below are two of the three I’ve since located.

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One (Screen) Shot: O’Connor & Woodbine

Summer 2015 was a good one and the corner of Woodbine and O’Connor is part of that.

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The Gardiner in 1979

Down the Gardiner in 1979. Image: “Islander800”, Shorpy.

I don’t have much to say about this delightful picture, other than the recently-removed Inglis sign is something that I’ll always remember. It was removed in August 2014 to make room for more of the condominium developments in Liberty Village.