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movingtohamilton Nov 23, 2012 3:21 PM


Originally Posted by thistleclub (Post 5911418)
Neat. If true, that existing tilework might have been almost a century old. Treasure from the past, right out there in the open.

That's so cool.

I don't have an old photo to contribute, but I am doing a little research on the house we bought. We were told it was built in 1929/30. But then I found the 1922 City of Hamilton Directory, 49th edition, published by Henry Vernon & Son.

This Directory is a great resource. Here's a link:

The streets are listed alphabetically.

Our street address shows up, with the name of the occupant. So it was built perhaps a few years earlier than 1922.

I started looking into the 1911 Census, but there is no specific Ward 3 enumeration, as far as I can tell.

Now I'm determined to do more digging!

Pearlstreet Nov 24, 2012 1:28 AM

That link is a great find! I have to show my neighbour this...

stuckinexeter Dec 7, 2012 1:12 PM

Thought it was time I posted more old pics......
All posts this time courtesy Hamilton Public Library......
Will give you brief description on each.

.... to start off

Where York Blvd, Plains Rd & Hwy 6 meet.... note the Neilson Sign a neon wonder way back when...

E.D.Smith in Winona .... anyone out there still like HP Sauce?

Desjardins Canal before the High Level Bridge was there...

The old Hamilton Forum on Barton St.

View looking east on King from Catherine...

Corner of King and John

Building the Skyway

Looking north on Beach Blvd. towards the canal.

Aerial of Dofasco ... "X" intersection at bottom is Ottawa St & Beach Rd.

After one of Hamiltons more famous blizzards..

Crowning the fountain in Gore Park...

Hunter Street Central Collegiate before the big fire...

Paddy Green's on Main West at Longwood Rd.

stuckinexeter Dec 7, 2012 2:23 PM

Forgot to add to above.... requests.....
Anyone enjoying this thread.... please search mom and dads old photos or even grandma & grandpas..... I am hoping someone will have any of the following

1. Queenston Rd. Traffic circle.... 1950-1960
2. Strathearne Ave hydro field .... anytime up to 1960.
3. Brickyard.... Lawrence Rd & Ottawa St. up to 1960.
4. Color photos of Piggot Bldg floodlit crown during Christmas & East/West view of bldg NOT from street view but from approx. same height as top.
5. Strathcona St. School fire....
6. Inside or outside views of:
Hal Wagoners Melody Lane at the Center.
Rileys Hobby Shop on King St. east.
The Conservatory of Music on James St. S. (before 1960)
The old YWCA bldg on Main West between Main & McNab.
7. Color photos of the following signs...
...atop the old Hoover Bldg, Barton & Gage.
...the old Simpson-Sears roof sign...
...the red Dofasco sign atop the bldg facing south
...the Stelco sign overlooking the bay.
...the Red Feather sign atop the old YWCA bldg.

If you can post, great..... or contact me on this forum and i would post for you. Please provide your normal email addy to make it easier if you wish.

stuckinexeter Dec 7, 2012 2:40 PM

Never doubt what you can find online....
Ok.... here's one that floored me.... from the HPL online archive
I am in this pic taken in '56.... won't say which one... only i am a senior now;)

stuckinexeter Dec 7, 2012 3:55 PM

3 Rare Photos
Thanks to Scott Forsyth for direction to online photos submissions by Ross Taylor

The Neilson Sign

Hydro Field at Elgin St.

Burlington Country Club.... 1915 .... before the Brant Inn was there...

coalminecanary Dec 7, 2012 11:52 PM

Amazing, thanks! I'm looking for any photos of John Street - the older the better. Anything between Hunter and Wilson. They seem to be elusive as all downtown commercial district photos tend to be king or james

stuckinexeter Dec 8, 2012 11:11 AM

Postcard View
here's one Scott Forsyth emailed me last night....

Shekky Dec 20, 2012 6:07 PM

History of Old James Street Area
Wonderful pictures - thank you for putting this all together.

My grandparents arrived in Hamilton in 1910 and are recorded in the 1911 census as living at 65 Cannon (East near Catharine). In 1915, he opened a shop at Park and Cannon, pictured here, and later the Shekter Building which still stands at 189-191 James North.

Pearlstreet Feb 5, 2013 4:15 PM

Interesting pictures!
I stumbled upon this website when curious of what the old school looked like that once stood on what is now Beemer Park. Many old, now demolished buildings that people took pictures of and walked through before they were gone. Pictures of the Century Theater's interior too...

Click me for link to pics

Pearlstreet Apr 23, 2013 3:56 PM

new images and information can be found on "Vintage Hamilton's" Facebook page. Hundreds of people rehashing their experiences, pictures and stories everyday!

Katrillion Jun 24, 2013 3:42 AM

Sometimes I go to the forum when I want to cry :)

Dr Awesomesauce Jun 25, 2013 11:02 AM


Originally Posted by stuckinexeter (Post 5930171)
here's one Scott Forsyth emailed me last night....

I remember being quite confused when I first saw this photo. What threw me off is the road running off to the west which is, I later found out, Longwood road. Must have been a beautiful drive in spite of the little shanty town down at the water's edge.

LikeHamilton Aug 22, 2013 3:36 PM

Found this web site of old Hamilton pictures.

Dr Awesomesauce Aug 23, 2013 1:38 PM

Some great pictures! And not the usual ones we see recycled over and over again. Good find!

Dr Awesomesauce Aug 23, 2013 1:58 PM

Totally unrecognisable photo here. Looks like it was taken, perhaps, in the 1950s. $100 to anybody who can guess this location.

Dr Awesomesauce Aug 23, 2013 2:05 PM

Chop Suey House. Part of Hamilton's previous Chinatown centred around John N.

Pigeon Aug 23, 2013 5:16 PM


LikeHamilton Aug 23, 2013 7:02 PM


Originally Posted by Dr Awesomesauce (Post 6242194)
Totally unrecognisable photo here. Looks like it was taken, perhaps, in the 1950s. $100 to anybody who can guess this location.

Not so fast!

Main Street West, looking west from Caroline Street. The building with the round front is the Elmar House. They tore it down and the new building became the Elmar tavern. Used to drink there when they served 20 cent drafts. It is now an East Indian Restaurant I think called Modern. Kitty corner to it is the federal building. The next street is Hess. The building on the corner is still there minus the porch. Across is the city run high rise at 181 Main Street West. The next street with the Texaco station is Queen with the jog that is still there today.

Katrillion Aug 23, 2013 7:15 PM

A quick way to find out where it is, is to save the image. Sometimes the name of the intersection is the image files name. If not, you can do a reverse google image search and you can find websites where this image was posted and it will most likely tell you where it was taken...

I saved the Main and Caroline image and the file name was "MainandCaroline_zpsa4c45c28.jpg". Voila!

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