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Old Posted Feb 5, 2011, 9:54 PM
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Another great photo with the Birks Building in colour.

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...9&postcount=28
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Look at that freaking streetwall on James there! What the hell was wrong with people back then? It looks like Yonge Street. So dense.
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2011, 1:14 AM
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Ah, I forgot about the Robinson's building there. It was a vacant lot for the longest time that I remember.
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2011, 6:31 AM
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Great website! I miss those old yellow and black trollies!
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2011, 5:48 PM
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Ah, I forgot about the Robinson's building there. It was a vacant lot for the longest time that I remember.
Yep... still is.
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Yep... still is.
Any idea why they tore it down. I remember they turned it into a parking lot.

Was it one of those, "progress" things in the 80's?
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2011, 10:42 PM
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Pretty much. Robinsons turned into a failure after awhile and the building was probably vacated. Royal Bank next door also moved somewhere else. Without knowing the exact history, I'm guessing both these things happened at about the same time. Someone probably bought up both buildings and razed em.
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Old Posted Feb 6, 2011, 11:56 PM
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The property belongs to Yale. The city wanted to buy the land but Yale wants something like over 2 million for the land.
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You might be thinking of Zellers?

I'd also love some older pics from the core. I worked at Kresge's in the late 80's early 90's until it closed. I heard all the glory stories from customers and other employees and would love some pics especially of the Kresges building itself......I'm still convinced it's haunted.
Haunted? Haha I can see that. I wanted to say Zellers cause I remember the "Zellers" sign painted on the wall in that walkway. Even vague memories of the cafeteria with the swinging red stools. Cripes, I'm 5 yrs old again!

I miss that old building smell lol. I was reminded of the old Eatons when I was at D'illards in Cleveland @ Tower City before it closed down because it had the MASSIVE wooden escalators. I remember taking the warehouse style elevator with the gates, the toy department in the basement and my mom paying her Eatons bill on the top floor. Also the Robinsons store and the trolley busses bring back memories indeed.

My parents and I lived downtown on Catherine St. til' I was about 4, than we moved to a starter home in West Hamilton. My dad would also stoller me to the 'Book Villa' on King, and 'Jewells Book Store' in the Terminal Towers. I know this is a photothead, but just wanted to share some memories of the core
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Smile can anyone help with this old photo i found online.

The pic below was titled looking toward VanWagners Beach.... i am assuming this was taken on Windemere Rd in the 30's or 40's, but what interests me is the sign in the photo. Can anyone elaborate on it.... thanks....

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That's pretty weird.
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Maybe the Winona Rifle Range (which is just east of the Hamilton border, in Grimsby)?
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the canal .... and all the bridges

Here are some old photos found on this website .....
http://hamiltonbeachcommunity.com
they are from the spectator and library archives and pretty much
self explanatory. Enjoy!




















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Old Posted Mar 25, 2011, 12:32 PM
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Do I see people walking on a sidewalk on the Skyway Bridge?!
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The pic below was titled looking toward VanWagners Beach.... i am assuming this was taken on Windemere Rd in the 30's or 40's, but what interests me is the sign in the photo. Can anyone elaborate on it.... thanks....

Hi stuckinexeter;
No that is VanWagners Beach where Hutch's is located, during WW2 large guns were tested over Lake Ontario before being sent overseas.
Thanks for plugging my Site.
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Hamilton Beach Community website

Hey Scotto .... that is cool website... i found a long lost cousin in the forum.
.... and i actually lived for a year as a baby back in '47 just down the road
from Hutch's ....
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Really OLD Hamilton

OK.... from the University Of California archives some really old pics.... most were taken long before i was thought of .... lol ....



















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Old Posted Mar 27, 2011, 4:58 PM
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Awesome

Lets see if we can add some dates to these

those are the tracks fo the Hamilton Radial on the right, so this is after 1896


Gore Park has been extended, but the tower flag pole hasn't been built, so this is circa 1899


The tower flag pole has been built, but the washrooms haven't, so this is sometime between 1900 and 1913


This is the First Methodist Church under construction, so this is the summer of 1913


Gage Farm, not yet Gage Park. So before 1919, but judging by the sprawl, not very much before 1919
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Old Posted Mar 27, 2011, 5:42 PM
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That's an awesome Gore Park photo.
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depressing pictures
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