Ladies Who Lunch – Walkerville c. 1905


15 Ladies. Anyone you know?

I love this picture. Look at their intent faces, their ‘Gibson Girl’ hairdos, their mutton chop sleeves.

Frozen in time.

I wonder what they are thinking. I study the look in their eyes. I start imagining their thoughts. “What should I make for dinner?” “Oh, I hope the horse isn’t lame.” “Why are my mother-in-law’s knickers in such a knot?”

Most of them are holding flowers. Was this the local horticultural society? But why is one of them holding what looks to be a hammer?

Just who were they ladies?

The owner of this photo, long-time Walkerville resident Charlie Fox, doesn’t know. Possibly friends of his mother’s, or maybe his aunt’s. He has no idea really other than that they likely lived in Walkerville, the company town built by Hiram Walker – distiller of Canadian Club – for his employees. Perhaps some of these ladies even worked in his labelling room or in the office.

If you recognize your greatgrandma or your great great aunt, or your not so great anyone, let me know.

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About Elaine Weeks

How history was taught in my day: memorize lots of boring dates and facts, watch corny old black & white history films. There was one bright spot, however. Grade 9 history at Walkerville Collegiate with Miss Falls (Georgina) when she taught a section on local history and took us on a field trip to explore some of Windsor's built heritage. Due to a series of peculiar events, celebrating local history became part of my business. My company, Walkerville Publishing Inc., (partner is Chris Edwards) launched "The Walkerville Times" in 1999 and we produced 61 issues - the last in 2016. In 2004, we began producing local history books; that year we released "Best of The Times Magazine". Our current titles include 5000 Ways You Know You're From Detroit, 500 Ways You Know You're From Windsor, Walkerville - Whisky Town Extraordinaire, and Windsor Then - A Pictorial Essay of Windsor's Glorious Past. I also wrote a novel, Time Trespasser, that blends time travel with local history. I am working on a sequel. I am a writer, editor, blogger, photographer, mother, wife, sister, activist, traveller, gardener, knitter, glass is nearly full person.
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