Category Archives: Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

The demolition of the Norton Palmer Hotel is this week’s Throwback Thursday picture. The Norton Palmer Hotel was one of Windsor’s premier hotels that closed in 1974 and was demolished not long after. This photograph is looking east on Park Street at the intersection with Victoria Avenue. The building just further down Park Street was the Prince Edward Hotel, another premier hotel in Windsor that closed in the late 1960s....
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Throwback Thursday

Looking east towards Ouellette Avenue along Sandwich Street (Riverside Drive) is this weeks Throwback Thursday Pic. Taken in the early 1950s at the corner of Sandwich Street West and Dougall Avenue. This area of Sandwich Street is part of downtown Windsor and therefore part of the main shopping district for the city at that time. The block between Dougall Avenue and Ferry Street, the next street down, consists of the...
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Throwback Thursday

Looking north towards the Detroit River this week’s Throwback Thursday Picture was taken in 1930. The white building on the right with the columns is the Canadian Bank of Commerce, further up Drouillard Road is the East Windsor (formerly Ford City) Fire Station and the large structure on the left side of the image is Ford of Canada’s automotive plant. The Ford head office and automotive plant were transferred to...
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Throwback Thursday

This picture of the Red and White Grocery store located at 95-99 Drouillard Road in East Windsor (Ford City) was taken about 1930.  Opened in the early 1920s by George, Arthur and Cyriac Plante, the brothers played a pivotal role in the explosive growth of Ford City.  In 1937 after amalgamation with Windsor, the grocery store address was changed to 245 Drouillard Road. The business continued to operate until 1951...
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Throwback Thursday

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is a continuation of our Back-to-School theme. This photograph dates circa 1896 and is the interior of a laboratory classroom at Windsor Collegiate Institute (later renamed Patterson Collegiate Institute). The school located at the southeast corner of Goyeau and Elliott Streets was Windsor oldest high school having closed in 1973. The building was demolished in 1979 to make way for a parking lot of a...
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Throwback Thursday

With the start of a new school year next week, this week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of Patterson Collegiate Institute. The image was taken sometime in the 1940s. It was originally opened as an elementary school in 1854 and become a high school in 1871. It was named Windsor Collegiate Institute until 1929, when it was renamed after local lawyer and politician James Colebrook Patterson. The building occupied the southeast...
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Throwback Thursday

Do you remember shopping at Big Bear Super Markets? This week’s Throwback Thursday Picture is of the Big Bear Super Market located at 279 Chatham Street East across the street from the old Windsor Farmers Market. It opened in 1947 as the Family Food Market and changed its name to Big Bear in 1951. Unfortunately, it was not in business long, closing its doors in 1960 and its assets sold...
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Throwback Thursday

This photograph was taken sometime in 1975, looking west along Chatham Street West on the north side. This image shows the Equity Chambers building on the right and Epps Outdoor Store on the left. In between is Jon Myles men’s clothing store, and Flowers by Malone, and on the ground floor of the Equity Chambers Building is the Ye Olde Steak House Restaurant. Today only Jon (today Lou) Myles men’s...
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Throwback Thursday

At one time this scene happened multiple time each day, a New York Central passenger train after departing Windsor is heading east on its journey to St. Thomas, Buffalo and its ultimate destination of New York City. This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken sometime in the 1950s in Essex County. The passenger train is about to proceed over a level crossing with the wigwag crossing signal in operation to...
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Throwback Thursday

This week’s Throwback Thursday Pic was taken sometime in May or early June 1913. The image of electric street car No. 41 which ran on the Belt Line, has passengers hanging out of the window and the conductor and motorman and another passenger posing in front of the car. The cow catcher has an advertisement for a baseball game to be played at Wigle Park on Saturday June 14. The...
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