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.
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|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.
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.
"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 above..click 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.
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.
Sargent and Son Funeral Home and the Port Arthur Fire Hall on Court Street in Port Arthur...photo 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.
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.
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
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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.