Thursday, February 19, 2015

OLD LOCAL ADVERTISING in our home towns of Fort William and Port Arthur, Ontario.....

Throughout the years there has been literally tons of local advertising to make one visit our home towns or to sell products here.  The following items are a small portion of my personal collection of local advertising.  Most are pretty self explanatory, so be sure to click once or twice on each to view them screen size.  ENJOY!

These of course are automotive window decals...everyone would put them on their campers or travel trailers to show where they have travelled.  Local ones are very difficult to find especially here.  These were found in an antique shop many years ago in Minneapolis.

Former Alderman Hubert Limbrick dubbed our area "The Land of the Sleeping Giant"
Bill Spicer also a former Alderman of Fort William, with 

his brothers, ran Spicer's Tire Service for many years.  I worked for them in
the 1960's

The use of the Esso tiger started after WWII.  
"There's a Tiger in your tank".

Remember when you got your oil changed

they would put a sticker like this on your
car's door jamb.
This is a cool little Auto Expense booklet to keep
track of  oil changes and servicing of your vehicle.

 In the Lakehead area, windshield scrapers were probably given out more than any promotional item through the years, and here are some great examples from T&S Service, Don Long's White Rose in Westfort and D. J. McCall, BA fuels agent.

This is always a favourite that I have used on a post before.  This is an ink blotter advertising card from the 1950s.

The graphic art on this Ossie's White Rose map is fantastic, as well as the Kettering Brothers (Barry and Glen) Husky advertising card above.  These business were very close to each other on Syndicate Ave.  The White Rose was on the South/West corner of Arthur St. and Syndicate Ave.  Kettering's Husky was just across the road from the CPR Station on the corner of Isabella St. and Syndicate Ave.

Here's a group of glass advertising ashtrays from Henderson's Taxi in Fort William, Ed's Triangle Service at the corner of Memorial, John and Fort William Road in the day(it is a Confederation year ashtray), and George's B?A Station which was on the corner or Waterloo St, and Victoria Ave in Fort William.

This was a very popular button in 1975.  Car
Enthusiasts were forever trying to get a Drag
Strip going in our towns from the 1950s to the
present with never any luck.  Terrace Bay finally
succeeded a few years ago.
If you click on this one you can see the tiny print saying
Fort William and Port Arthur shown at the head of the lakes.

Here are 3 advertising pens and a small tune-up screw driver from some local businesses....the first one is from Brescia's Gulf Service and the second is Brescia's when it became a B/A Station.  The tune-up screw driver is from the well known Dominion Motors....still serving our city today.  The last is from Spicer's Tire Service, where I worked in the 1960's.

Here is a little Dunlop Tire Sales and Service ladies rain hat from the 1960s, as well as a newer small key fob from Spadoni's Dealership in Schreiber.

Here are a couple of advertising thermometers , one from Gino Antoniazzi's B/A agency from about 1961 and the other from Woods Gulf is a little newer.  Woods was located between Spud's Burger Major and Green Acres Plaza near the North/West corner of Arthur (Thanks Roger for the correction ).

Key Fobs were another smart advertising piece, which usually stayed on your key ring even until you sold your old car to buy a new one.  They made them of leather to survive the tests of time.
The last two pieces are not automotive related but interesting anyway.  This Fryer Studio one, would hold a few pennies for your parking meter.  Sadly they won't hold loonies that you need to park today.  The final piece is a Street Car Conductor's badge from the days of Rail Trolly (electric railway) here in Port Arthur and Fort William.  This is a recent new find for me and is one of my favourite pieces.
We hope you enjoyed this post, a little different from the others.  Thanks for watching and looking.  Dave

Monday, January 26, 2015

"THE CLOCK", "THE ARMOURY" and many more then and now photos in FORT WILLIAM & PORT ARTHUR, Ontario.....

It's been quite some time since we did a "then" and "now" post.  Sometimes,  however we cannot add the "now" because the now is inside Victoriaville Centre, as the first part of this post starts.......
Click on "THE CLOCK" collage twice to get it full screen then read the history there.  You can click on all the other photos once or twice to enlarge them as well.

I am reposting this photo from above for another reason... The first vehicle on the right parked in front of Chapples is a 1929 Pontiac Six sedan...the big giveaway is the split grille, the molded visor, and chief Pontiac on the on the radiator cap on the grille shell.  This is a wonderful local photo taken in front of the Chapple building also known as the Grain Exchange Building in its day.
Chief Pontiac
Read all about it.

Side view.

Pontiac Six only $895.00

The next Then and Now was known as "The City Substation and Telephone Exchange" (photo taken by the Fryer Studio, Fort William).  It is quite a unique little building and has been used for many things through the years such as an art studio and a dance studio.  It still exists but looks vacant at present.  The address is 910 E. Donald Street.

Current photo.

I never knew why our city would tear down this absolutely beautiful building which was once  city hall. The city should have left this building and built a new structure in the Intercity area after the amalgamation of Fort William and Port Arthur into our present City of Thunder Bay.  I am not sure of the exact year of the photo.  The Hydro Electric building property in this photo was actually a service station at one time.

Current Photo.

"THE ARMOURY" in this next collage, like the one at the beginning of this post tells a story in itself, so, again, double click on it twice to enlarge full screen then scroll around to read all the data.

Here are some enlargements of the tiny graphics that are in the collage on them too.
HMCS Fort William - RCN.
Navy League Cadets logo.

Royal Canadian Navy sticker.

Here is the Hydro Substation on Walsh Street taken in the mid 1950's.  The present day photo is pretty much the same except the Hydro grid that was beside the old photo is no longer there, and I am not sure what the nice strong brick building is even used for today.  The building is on the corner of Walsh and Sprague St.

Current photo.

This next photograph is of Port Arthur Motors (Used Cars).  It was their used car lot on Court Street in Port Arthur which was later used for many years as the Port Arthur Motors Body Shop, and just to the right of it was their outdoor used car lot.  Kam Motors in Fort William where my father worked and Port Arthur Motors were both owned by Hubert Badanai Sr. in the 1950's when this photo was taken.  The Badanai name still stands as the only Chevrolet dealership in Thunder Bay today. 

Current photo.

Sargent and Son Funeral Home and the Port Arthur Fire Hall on Court Street in Port circa 1950's.  Here is a then and now of that particular spot.  Sargent and Son's now own all the property heading all the way north to Van Norman St.

Current photo.

OK...back to Fort William.  Check out this beautiful touring car parked on Simpson Street, just north and around the corner from Victoria Ave.  As you can see, this was a very busy part of Fort William in the 1910's during the transition from horse and buggy to horseless carriage.  What an interesting time it must have been to live during those days.  The current photo below shows no buildings left in that area.  Many were destroyed by fire in the later years.  When viewing the old photos like these, note that most of the gentlemen always wore suits and hats, and the ladies were always in their Sunday best.  In the vintage photo, the next side street at the right of the photo is Miles St.  
Reminder - click on photos twice.

current photo

The Daily Times Journal - The first photo is my own canvas bag that I used to deliver the TJ back in the 1950's. 

The next two photos are then and now Times Journal building photos at 115-119 N. May Street in Fort William.  I'm not sure weather the gentlemen are waiting to get a job or just waiting for the new edition of the Times Journal to be released.  The Palace Cafe next door was many different businesses throughout the years.  
For more about this building on Hot Rods and Jalopies, here is a link, then come back CLICK HERE FOR MORE ON THE TIMES JOURNAL

A huge thank you for all the support we receive from local and international members and watchers of Hot Rods and Jalopies.
Also a big thank you as well to "The Walleye" (a fabulous and informative local arts and culture magazine), and Kyle Poluyko for the wonderful article written about us in the January 2015 issue.