Once Upon a Time: Windsor 1860-1960 (ish)

This isn’t a mirage. This is how Ouellette Avenue once looked as seen from the deck of a Detroit/Windsor ferry boat around 1910. An array of trolley cars, horses, and bicycles, along with children, women in their summer finery, and dapper looking gentlemen going about their business.

Today, one sees a far different scene. The ferries are gone, as are the trollies, the horses and virtually all the buildings. The contrast is shocking really.

If you feel like doing a little time travelling today, come to the Olde Walkerville Holiday Walk Saturday, Nov. 19th, from 11:30 to 5. You’ll find a Flapper (that would be me) in the lobby of Refine Fitness, (once part of the O’Neill-Bernhardt Building) and if you so desire you may purchase your very own copy of “Windsor Then – a pictorial essay of Windsor, Ontario’s glorious past”. I would be most happy to sign it for you.


History Babe.

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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4 Responses to Once Upon a Time: Windsor 1860-1960 (ish)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi, great blog. Do you know anything about Dominion Typography (later Canadian Typography) which I THINK was on Oullette in the 1890s? It later housed Evans & Dodge bicycle company. I’d love any information you can share

    • History Babe says:

      Thanks! We did a story about the Dodge Brothers having their bike company on what was known as Sandwich (now Riverside Drive) but we weren’t sure which building. Didn’t know about the earlier use of that bldg. thanks for sharing!

  2. Love all the books on our little town called Windsor and I do have quite a few. I bought this book as well but was a bit disappointed. Only pictures…not stories, would of preferred more “history” with the pictures.

    • History Babe says:

      Hi Gillian,
      Thanks for purchasing our book “Windsor Then – a pictorial essay of Windsor, Ontario’s glorious past”. Like the title says, the book is a pictorial essay; we kept the captions brief so that the photos could do the talking. Our previous three books had tons of words so we thought we’d try something different. Our next book, which looks at Windsor post-WWII, will have more of a mix of brief stories and photos. That book should come out in spring 2012.

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