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Old Posted Feb 28, 2009, 5:58 PM
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aww man that woulda been a cool building if we still had it
Yes, I can't say I'd ever heard of it until I looked it up just now.
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wonder when it was demolished?
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A recent acquisition -- Portage Avenue looking east from Smith Street, likely late 1911 or sometime in 1912, at the peak of the boom times:



The detail in the large size is excellent:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3387/...5ac9ecaf_o.jpg

You can see, among other things, the Manitoba Free Press Building at Portage and Garry, with news bulletins on the front wall attracting a crowd, as usual. Along the Garry wall two people are looking at a poster that can be read -- it is advertising a performance by the English singer and actress Alice Lloyd, who according to this New York Times article (scroll down to bottom) was starring in a touring production of "Little Miss Fix-It" that toured through Winnipeg in February 1912. If the poster is advertising that performance, the photo could be from October or November 1911, taking into account that the clothing that people are wearing seems like late fall or early spring clothing, not winter clothing.

Other things of note include the seven-storey Grain Exchange, numerous tobacco advertisements at Portage & Main, the man driving his right-hand drive car up Portage, the image of the Corydon Streetcar with its immaculately uniformed conductor, and at far left the Olympia Cafe, owned by the Sicilian immigrants who parlayed their profits into building a new hotel, the Olympia, a half-block up Smith Street, a couple of years later. That hotel was a financial bust when World War I broke out, and later became the Marlborough. The Cafe is in the old pre-70s-fire Kensington Building, next to which is the existing Hample Building and then the red-brick Avenue Building prior to the fire in February 1913 that necessitated its reconstruction in its current form. There is no Paris Building or Curry Building yet, but the McArthur (Childs) Building (1911) is complete and towering over the avenue as it did for over 75 years.
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I need a time machine!!
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^^^That's such a great image, amazing how well dressed and lean the majority of people were, during this period. No internet, slurpees, fanny packs, and alot more walking, I guess, to name a few.
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Excellent detective work in establishing the period of time this was shot in Andy. I tend to do the same thing when checking out old phtos or the ever popular "Guess which city this is thread"
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Ah, the times when people were living within their means, before the days of food preservatives and useless amounts of sugar in peoples diets, let alone the ideas of suburbanism.
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Andy is that your flickr page? How do i get to the home page?

Man i am feeling technologically challenged right now.
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Andy is that your flickr page? How do i get to the home page?

Man i am feeling technologically challenged right now.
I guess the way to do it is to go to search, click on "Flickr members" in the drop-down list and search for my secret name: "wintorbos". If you have an account, you're welcome to make me a contact.
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^^^That's such a great image, amazing how well dressed and lean the majority of people were, during this period. No internet, slurpees, fanny packs, and alot more walking, I guess, to name a few.
Yeah .. people actually took pride in there appearance..
I also like the horse and buggy and the lack of lanes on Portage how fun.

Great shot of the old Winnipeg though ... times sure have changed.
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^^neat pic! Can anyone make out the sign above Ashdowns? I can read "British Con" but no more (and there's text above too).
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It says "Smoke Fresh & ........, British Cons......" I guess a tobacco ad. Don't know the brand though.
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A recent acquisition -- Portage Avenue looking east from Smith Street, likely late 1911 or sometime in 1912, at the peak of the boom times:
Thanks for posting that. The detail is amazing. Now to get a copy of the picture that those two guys on top of the Grain Exchange building appear to be taking of Portage Avenue west.
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Wow...that's so...1969. That little guy with the puppy could have been me! Reminds me of my old days at the CBC. Kind of looks like the Richardson Building isn't quite finished, or maybe something's blocking the top of it.
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i want to go to that 'night club' soooo bad
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i want to go to that 'night club' soooo bad
yea i herd it was quite the epic place
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Wow...that's so...1969. That little guy with the puppy could have been me! Reminds me of my old days at the CBC. Kind of looks like the Richardson Building isn't quite finished, or maybe something's blocking the top of it.
Yeah it's not hard to approximately date that one.

But I do not think that is the Richardson Building, since I do not think it would be visible from that angle.
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Yeah it's not hard to approximately date that one.

But I do not think that is the Richardson Building, since I do not think it would be visible from that angle.
I would believe that isn't the Richardson Bldg but a part of the sign or something else. From that angle on Portage looking directly at the Bay bldg you wouldn't be able to see Portage and main.
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