Category Archives: Fashion

Mother, may I take three giant steps?


I lost my mother 13 years ago. We weren’t particularly close (long story) but I loved her and I now appreciate everything she endured and achieved, including having come of age during the Great Depression. Her family was well to … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Work is Never Done: Walkerville early 1900s


On a warm summer’s day, somewhere in Olde Walkerville, a woman brings a chair outside to shell her peas, or snap her beans, or perhaps take down the wash. Sitting regally, she observes the camera and the person taking her … Continue reading

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Nuts in May: Kids at play, 1900s


I have no idea where in Windsor or Walkerville this charming photo was taken, but it is certainly a fascinating capture of not only a neighbourhood in the making, but of one of its little denizens who looks eager to … Continue reading

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Flap on… Flap off… The Flapper: Roaring 1920s Windsor


Ain’t I the bees’ knees?  Before the start of World War I, the Gibson Girl was all the rage. This elegant, willowy image of feminine beauty was inspired by the drawings of illustrator Charles Dana Gibson. She wore her long hair loosely … Continue reading

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Top Hats and 45% Unemployment: Windsor 1933


This picture was taken in 1933, in the depths of the “Great Depression” which lasted from 1929 to 1939. The hardest-hit cities in Canada were in the heavy industry centers of western Ontario. In Windsor unemployment had skyrocketed to almost 45%! So … Continue reading

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Mystery Baby – ca. 1900


Once upon a time, somebody loved this baby. Looking at his cute little button up boots and hair cut, I’m guessing boy and I’m thinking probably a bit pampered. I don’t know who he is or who his parents were … Continue reading

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Bop ‘Til You Drop: BobLo Ballroom 1920s


The new music and dances were fast paced and energetic, like the optimistic 1920s themselves. They were an escape from the horror of war, and an opportunity to release pent up emotions created by the restricted lifestyles forced on the … Continue reading

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Send in the Clowns. A Walkerville woman is waiting. c 1900


I am so glad I met Charlie Fox. His old house in Walkerville is a treasure trove of photos, antiques and other relics from the early years in the town that Hiram Walker built. About ten years ago we were … Continue reading

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Come and give me a kiss, dearie.


A woman’s work is never done. Here’s an unidentified Walkerville matriarch doing some mending in the backyard of what looks like one of the row houses on Monmouth Road. These homes were rented out to the employees of Hiram Walker … Continue reading

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Where’s a flying car when you need one?


I think Bernie Drouillard, a local collector of all things to do with Windsor transit, gave me this photo. I cannot believe that this wonderful trolley used to travel right up my street. It’s turning from Windermere, one block south … Continue reading

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