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stuckinexeter
May 26, 2008, 10:31 PM
Post your old Hamilton pics here. I'll start off with some.


http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton24.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton23.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton22.jpg

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http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton20.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton19.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton18.jpg

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http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton16.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton15.jpg

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http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton10.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton09.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton08.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton07.jpg

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http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton04.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton03.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton02.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton01.jpg

flar
May 26, 2008, 11:15 PM
Those are amazing. Thanks for posting. Now we can see what was once where Jackson Square, AGH, Hamilton Place, etc are.

go_leafs_go02
May 26, 2008, 11:48 PM
one question

why does every hamiltonian refer to neighbourhoods as surveys, when everyone else I know in Ontario uses the term subdivision? It is completely unheard of, I did a double take the first time I heard my 'subdivision' refered to as a survey. And as far as I know, it's a local phenomenon.

neat pics, neat to see way back when. I just wish some were in colour :P but whatever. I just noticed the caption in one picture stating survey. haha

matt602
May 26, 2008, 11:48 PM
That downtown 1910 shot confuses me because I'm fairly certain I can see the Royal Connaught in it. I'm fairly certain the Connaught didn't even exist yet in 1910.

holymoly
May 26, 2008, 11:55 PM
Great pictures! Can't wait to see more.

flar
May 27, 2008, 12:06 AM
one question

why does every hamiltonian refer to neighbourhoods as surveys, when everyone else I know in Ontario uses the term subdivision? It is completely unheard of, I did a double take the first time I heard my 'subdivision' refered to as a survey. And as far as I know, it's a local phenomenon.



I always wonder that too.

stuckinexeter
May 27, 2008, 12:25 AM
The confusion over the 1910 Gore Park photo is strange. I checked the source picture and the date did say 1910, so in fact the date is wrong since the Royal Connaught did not open until 1916. Thanks for pointing it out to me.

Millstone
May 27, 2008, 12:53 AM
one question

why does every hamiltonian refer to neighbourhoods as surveys, when everyone else I know in Ontario uses the term subdivision? It is completely unheard of, I did a double take the first time I heard my 'subdivision' refered to as a survey. And as far as I know, it's a local phenomenon.

neat pics, neat to see way back when. I just wish some were in colour :P but whatever. I just noticed the caption in one picture stating survey. haha

When I went to school in the mid-90s in Dundas this used to drive me insane.

Berklon
May 27, 2008, 12:57 AM
Outstanding!

Thanks for posting these.

It's great to see old pictures that have buildings which are still up today.
Very cool to see the Community Theatre sign showing that Hitchcock's Spellbound is playing

Can someone post any pics from the 70's? It's a special thing for me since that's when I was a young punk.

Jaborandi
May 27, 2008, 2:39 AM
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Hamilton24.jpg

I grew up in Bridgeview Survey.

That first photo of the 1948 aerial is amazing - no parking lots and a continuous streetwall on every artery. We moved to Hamilton in 1951 when I was a child and that is exactly how I remember downtown. It was a bustling happening place with sidewalks crowded with pedestrians and shoppers. I'm dismayed to see it now, especially around Gore Park.

Millstone
May 27, 2008, 3:22 AM
(image)

I grew up in Bridgeview Survey.

That first photo of the 1948 aerial is amazing - no parking lots and a continuous streetwall on every artery. We moved to Hamilton in 1951 when I was a child and that is exactly how I remember downtown. It was a bustling happening place with sidewalks crowded with pedestrians and shoppers. I'm dismayed to see it now, especially around Gore Park.

You can even make out the King William to York St transfer. All gone. :(

the dude
May 27, 2008, 6:42 AM
the hamilton that we see in these photos is looooooong gone and will never return: market square; the jockey club; hell, even centre mall's gone now. i've got a couple dozen hamilton history books packed away in boxes - too depressing to look at.

DC83
May 27, 2008, 5:01 PM
These photos are great! I have a bunch of Hamilton history books displayed in my bookshelf, no need to be ashamed. It's just a way of looking into the future, really. If you look at these pics, and see how urban planning then worked, we can use it as examples for the future (ie: return of Street Rail).

There were some great pics I hadn't actually seen b4 tho, like the Main/Huxley shot. I think that theater is a collectors/comic shop now called 'Weird Things'. The bldg's still there, but the awning is gone.

Was the airport actually at Reid/Dunsmure? If you look at google maps sat image, it looks like the aiport was a lil more north by Melvin/Woodward (it's neat b/c it looks like the outline of runways):
http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Melvin+Ave+%26+Woodward+Ave,+Hamilton,+Hamilton,+Ontario,+Canada&sll=43.239826,-79.779861&sspn=0.007331,0.021544&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=0,43.241210,-79.779560&t=k&ll=43.239763,-79.782693&spn=0.007331,0.021544&z=16&iwloc=addr

stuckinexeter
May 27, 2008, 7:18 PM
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/po1955hpl.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/james1960dbeland.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/zellershpl.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/marsquare1969rchapman.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/robinson1959hpl.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/king1954ppowell.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/capitol1947AO.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/roosthrose.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pigott1929HPL.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/SLDMissett.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/HAM1949AO.jpg

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http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/survey.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/KING1961HPL.jpg

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http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/MAC1957HPL.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/HAMOLDHS.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/JAMESHPL.jpg

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http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/aber1930hs.jpg

SteelTown
May 27, 2008, 7:41 PM
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/roosthrose.jpg

I soooo gotta show my Grandma this, I've heard her talk about this place at least 10 times whenever old downtown Hamilton is brought up.

SteelTown
May 27, 2008, 7:43 PM
By the way, what is this place to the left of Old City Hall? Looks like a gaint parking garage......

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/HAMOLDHS.jpg

stuckinexeter
May 27, 2008, 8:45 PM
yep.... that's a parking garage..... it forced the farmer's market out and as a result they would close of York St. and allow the vendors to set up their stalls there.

matt602
May 27, 2008, 9:19 PM
Wow that all angers me. There used to be an absolutely beautiful streetwall on the West side of James South beside the Piggot. Looks like Toronto almost. Those buildings didn't even look that old. Pointless destruction.

hamtransithistory
May 28, 2008, 4:55 AM
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/james1960dbeland.jpg

My records say that HSR 197 was sold to the Canada Coach Lines in 1951. Is there any way we can confirm the date of this picture?


http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/MAC1957HPL.jpg

The house my Dad grew up in is the one right on the left edge of the photo, on the street that's a half circle (Binkley Cres)


http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/aber1930hs.jpg

My Grandmother would pass this spot everyday going to school in Westdale.

the dude
May 28, 2008, 8:53 AM
When I went to school in the mid-90s in Dundas this used to drive me insane.

so, were you a hawk or a panther?

stuckinexeter
May 28, 2008, 10:51 AM
No way in photo to confirm year except the car next to the bus. It certainly looks more 60ish rather then something from early 50's, even the clothes on the pedestrians suggest the year is correct..... can anyone help?

stuckinexeter
May 28, 2008, 12:38 PM
I blew up the photo section for anyone to identify the model year of the car.... also gonna show my mechanic. So what year is the car in the photo below. The picture was taken circa 1960.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/hsr197.jpg

Jaborandi
May 28, 2008, 2:06 PM
[QUOTE=hamtransithistory;3578294]http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/james1960dbeland.jpg

well, that is definitely a 1959 Chevrolet beside the bus.

Jon Dalton
May 28, 2008, 3:19 PM
I'd be interested to see the Jackson Square area buildings in the years leading up to demolition. I've seen the pictures from their glory days but I wonder just how bad did it get?

DC83
May 28, 2008, 3:25 PM
^^ From what I hear, York Blvd especially was pretty bad... like Barton St bad.
I have no clue, I'm way too young to remember anything like that. This info is from my family.

stuckinexeter
May 28, 2008, 5:01 PM
Here are some pics before Jackson Square was built.... what a seedy area.

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/jsparkstreetspectator.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/jsmarketarial-hsa.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/jskingwhampublibrary.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/jshouse1945superiorengravers.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/jscityhallviewspectator.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/jsoverhead-hsa.jpg

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/js69lbloom.jpg

flar
May 28, 2008, 6:08 PM
What a serious loss. I'd gladly trade Jackson Square and even Stelco Tower to have that great streetwall back.

stuckinexeter
May 28, 2008, 6:34 PM
If you have or have access to any photos to the east end power line corridor could you please post. This includes views on Stratherne Ave, Bell Ave, or area south of TH&B tracks.
The original 1898 power line does still exist in Smithville, and
Ontario hydro left one tower standing with a plaque at Greenhill Ave. Photos should be from the 50's or earlier.
Also, anyone with any photo of the Piggott bldg. when the spire was illuminated at night by white lights or colored at Christmas please submit.
I know these may be hard to come by but someone somewhere will have some pics..... thanks.....

BrianE
May 28, 2008, 8:00 PM
When looking at the air photos what buildings are everybody using to orient themselves? Personally, my eye is always drawn to either the Lister or the Pigott building and then I think, "ah! now I know what I'm looking at"

Jaborandi
May 28, 2008, 8:14 PM
What is particularly distressing about the destruction of much of downtown in the name of urban renewal, is that much of that land stood empty for a very long time - long enough for amusement park rides to be set up at King & James!!!! Hamilton has never recovered from such wanton destruction and it is galling that the present City government hasn't learnt a damn thing from this tragedy.

stuckinexeter
May 28, 2008, 8:18 PM
when i was in grade 7 at Viscount Montgomery School. my math teacher would say... if you don't pass this test then go jump off the Pigott bldg. That was in 1956. When i married he became a cousin.... small world eh?
anyhow back in the 50's the Pigott bldg was the key focal point.... I even got to ride to the top and have a look in 1958.

matt602
May 28, 2008, 8:21 PM
I think things could have been a lot worse. At least we did get the construction of City Hall, the Art Gallery, Board of Ed. building, Stelco Tower, Jackson Square, etc. It would have been so much worse if those buildings were simply ripped down. We wouldn't even have a downtown if that were the case. At the time, building all of those civic buildings was probably almost as ambitious as Harry Stinson's 100 story tower is now.

stuckinexeter
May 28, 2008, 8:24 PM
Heck, I remember working at Westinghouse at JS in the Thompson Bldg and going to Tim Hortons on King west at 3 a.m. in the morning and seeing the clowns and so forth from the construction of JS to the west towards Bay St.. What a hoot..... i loved each minute of it.....

SteelTown
May 28, 2008, 9:57 PM
I dunno and I'm probably going to get grilled for this but I don't think there anything particularly special with what was replaced by Jackson Square.

I definitely do see the destruction by York Boulevard (old City Hall and Market Square) though.

go_leafs_go02
May 28, 2008, 10:53 PM
If you have or have access to any photos to the east end power line corridor could you please post. This includes views on Stratherne Ave, Bell Ave, or area south of TH&B tracks.
The original 1898 power line does still exist in Smithville, and
Ontario hydro left one tower standing with a plaque at Greenhill Ave. Photos should be from the 50's or earlier.

Also, you can follow the line going along Metler road in Pelham. I used to live right on Metler Rd there last summer when I worked, and yeah, it's not in use, but fascinating to follow, as many of the powerlines are old and overgrown.

I believe that is the line you are talking about. (powerline)

Millstone
May 29, 2008, 4:54 AM
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/zellershpl.jpg

This is probably the most disconcerting shot...

Think of what's there now if you were to stand on that spot on the roof of Jackson Square. Hardly any shops left along James and King William to generate that kind of foot traffic, Zellers is now a dead parking lot, York Street doesn't even exist anymore, the Lister's been left to rot and the property next to it to fall down. Two-way traffic on King William (cars parked the opposite way). City Hall has been replaced with City Mall.

Grafton's looks gorgeous in this pic.

The pic below this one with "expropriation sale" in the windows is even more :(

hamtransithistory
May 29, 2008, 5:07 AM
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/james1960dbeland.jpg

My records say that HSR 197 was sold to the Canada Coach Lines in 1951. Is there any way we can confirm the date of this picture?



Forget I asked. I went through my notes a second time, and though I confirmed that HSR 197 did go to the CCL, I could not find any mention of when it was sold. Since this photo is probably correctly dated, I'll add it to my records.

stuckinexeter
Jul 31, 2009, 10:06 AM
Came across some photos of stuff you may c but never take note of. Feel free to add photos of similar items below. All pictures courtesy of archive.org and are in the public domain.

The developement of electrical power started about 1900 from the Niagara area to points in Ontario. Here are some early pics of the transmission lines/towers and some still do exist.

The pic below is the Niagara/Dundas/London corridor line. This view looks north towards the Dundas substation. The line on right is incoming from Niagara, the line on left outgoing to London. This line still exists today from Dundas to Ingersoll and also along Hwy 6 from Waterdown to Guelph.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromhamiltonhistory00listuo-3.jpg

The next pic is of the same line while workers erected the towers. Note the fact no safety gear......
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromhamiltonhistory00listuo-2.jpg

Next is that same line from Niagara Falls at the Welland Canal. Note the workmen on the canal tower finishing it off while the line is only strung to the shorter tower on the left.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromhamiltonhistory00listuo-1.jpg

Next is the switching station from the first line to reach Hamilton, before Niagara power lines. This station served the line from Decew Falls to Hamilton and was situated north of CNR tracks at Strathearne Ave in Hamilton
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromhamiltonhistory00listuoft-.jpg

This power line below ran from Niagara Falls ON via Chippewa, Fort Erie & Buffalo to Syracuse NY.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromtransmissionline00lundr-2.jpg

This line was part of the original Niagara to London Line. It still exists today running from London to Stratford.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromtransmissionline00lundr-1.jpg

This dual line ran from Niagara along the escarpment to a point near Stoney Creek at Ridge Rd. It then descended and travelled diagonally across the beach strip, where it headed northease across Burlington, meeting with the CNR tracks past Guelph Line. This line may still exist in the Hwy 20 Fonthill area.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromtransmissionline00lundrich.jpg

Finally the original Decew Falls line to Hamilton. Part of this line still exists in the Pelham area. Ontario Hydro left one tower standing to mark the historical
site of the line to Hamilton. It stands at Greenhill Ave at the foot of Cochrane Rd.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromhamiltonhistory00listuoft.jpg

Rene Craik
Jan 23, 2010, 9:24 PM
This picture must have been taken no earlier than 1957. Notice the car next to HSR 197 has double headlamps.

I love these pictures. Would love to see more.:)

Rene Craik
Jan 26, 2010, 1:18 PM
I would love to view your pics, but I keep getting the message to Upgrade - Insufficient Band Width. Do I have to go into Photo Bucket to view these pics?

flar
Jan 26, 2010, 1:32 PM
Nobody can see those pics until next month. Free Photobucket accounts have a monthly cap on bandwidth. For these pics, it has been exceeded for the current month.

SteelTown
Jan 26, 2010, 2:20 PM
Welcome Rene Craik.

The bandwidth has exceeded, many too many people have been looking at it and hogging up the server. You'll have to wait awhile.

canmanont
Jan 26, 2010, 8:02 PM
(why does every hamiltonian refer to neighbourhoods as surveys, when everyone else I know in Ontario uses the term subdivision? It is completely unheard of, I did a double take the first time I heard my 'subdivision' refered to as a survey. And as far as I know, it's a local phenomenon.)


Part of the reason was George Hamilton laid out his village based on the "survey".

The survey ran from "lower baseline"(Burlington St.) to "upper baseline"(Rymal Rd).The east & west sides I have forgotten.

The survey was started in the east end, moving 1 concession west each time he reached a baseline. Because he had to scramble up and down the escarpment each time he went north and south, the links on his measuring "chain"gradually got thinner and therefore the chain got longer!!This is why we have "jogs" on Main st. at such places as Queen st. and Sherman ave.

schmadrian
Feb 1, 2010, 10:34 AM
OK.

So it's now February, 'next month'... How come they're not showing up?

: (

flar
Feb 1, 2010, 1:58 PM
OK.

So it's now February, 'next month'... How come they're not showing up?

: (

Sorry, the bandwidth resets on the day of the month the user registered, not the first of the month.

You'll have to wait a little longer, but they will show up eventually. I don't know what day exactly, but definitely within February.

rhwbikeguy
Feb 1, 2010, 7:30 PM
Thanks.

schmadrian
Feb 3, 2010, 11:37 AM
So I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions for photos in the same vein as stuckinexeter's, where to find them, etc. I'm mostly interested in pre-1970s material.

The Local History collection at the HPL is a great resource...but I'm wanting to find what I find online.

Besides; it might be the last day of the month before these photos become available to view.

schmadrian
Feb 12, 2010, 6:49 PM
There are some incredible shots in this thread.

Sobering.

Memory-inducing.

Fascinating.

Thanks to those who have contributed so far...and I'm hoping there'll be some more coming.

EddyandLucy
Feb 24, 2010, 8:28 PM
A true trip down memory lane.

There was one picture of the canal taken from the Hamilton side. The Lady Hamilton (?) is alongside there. She used to do summer excursions mostly to Port Dalhousie and some moonlight cruises.

If anyone else recalls, there was a ferry service that went from either the foot of James or John, over to the canal in the summer. I recall it vividly but don't think I've ever seen any pictures of the one(s) in service in the 40's and 50's. I've seen pictures of narrow beam boats that serviced the hotels there in the 20's and 30's but these were very beamy craft and not at all suited for venturing past the canal into the lake.

Jack97
Mar 16, 2010, 3:49 PM
I would like to see the caption on the seventh (7th) picture corrected. It lists the company on the left of Depew Street, as being Dominion Bridge Company. This is in error, the name of the company at the time, 1937, was HAMILTON BRIDGE Company Ltd. This name was changed in the mid 1950s to Bridge and Tank Co. of Canada Ltd.- Hamilton Bridge Division. Dominion Bridge never was located there, they were in Toronto and Montreal and a few places in Western Canada.
I worked for Hamilton Bridge for over 36 years and my father for some 30 years, thus I should know the area quite well. Dominion Foundries and Steel Company Ltd. (DOFASCO), is the company on the right side of the picture, and they had a company named Dominion Castings, which was located a bit further North and just to the South of the rail line above Burlington Street and Procter and Gamble Ltd.

Jody Thornton
Mar 17, 2010, 1:45 PM
Hi Folks:

New to the forum. I was reading this post and hoping you could help.

What I've been looking for is QEW pics of the Traffic Circle, at Centennial Parkway in Hamilton. I was hoping to find close-ups of the railway overpasses.

In fact I would love to find close-ups of the QEW (circa 1960s and 1970s) for the entire Hamilton-Burlington stretch, if possible. Just thought I'd ask.

I have seen Cameron Bevers "King's Highway" site (I am quite a regular visitor). So I hope to find other closeup images of the areas I've described.

Well hopefully someone knows where I may find something. Just a curious highway geek and QEW enthusiast.

Cheers,
Jody Thornton
(Hamilton, Ontario)

Mido
Jan 26, 2011, 3:59 AM
looking for more pics of kenilworth and king area. Theres a few old farm s on king.

SteelTown
Feb 2, 2011, 12:19 AM
Check this link....

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=71778235&postcount=24

Awesome! Downtown Hamiltin in 1968 in colour plus the old HSR.

c@taract_soulj@h
Feb 2, 2011, 7:18 AM
If anyone has pictures of the old Eatons (before the Eaton Centre) with the warehouse style elevators, or any other downtown pics from the 80's, that would bring back many memories! I was just a shorty at the time but also remember the underground walkway under James St. from Eatons to Kresges (I think?)

Berklon
Feb 2, 2011, 9:52 PM
Check this link....

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=71778235&postcount=24

Awesome! Downtown Hamiltin in 1968 in colour plus the old HSR.

Fantastic pictures. The quality is amazing... thanks for sharing!

I remember those red "Bus Area" signs. I was born in 1969, but everything I see in the pics was basically the same in the mid 70's when I can remember more.

I'd love to see more pics from around the late 60's to late 70's... whether it's based around HSR or not. Love this type of stuff.

hamtransithistory
Feb 3, 2011, 4:05 PM
Fantastic pictures. The quality is amazing... thanks for sharing!

I remember those red "Bus Area" signs. I was born in 1969, but everything I see in the pics was basically the same in the mid 70's when I can remember more.

I'd love to see more pics from around the late 60's to late 70's... whether it's based around HSR or not. Love this type of stuff.

Try this one
Hamilton ON Trolley Coaches (http://www.trolleybuses.net/ham/ham.htm)

coalminecanary
Feb 4, 2011, 2:46 PM
No close ups of john street? it is so barren now I have always been curious if it had a streetwall.

Also has anyone seen old pictures of treble hall? would be cool to see it in its streetwall to see the potential of the upcoming development!

Paul29
Feb 4, 2011, 10:03 PM
If anyone has pictures of the old Eatons (before the Eaton Centre) with the warehouse style elevators, or any other downtown pics from the 80's, that would bring back many memories! I was just a shorty at the time but also remember the underground walkway under James St. from Eatons to Kresges (I think?)
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.:yes:

woreg75
Feb 5, 2011, 6:23 AM
The happy Harmonica Man!!
Who played a.. uh... um... the Happy Harmonica...
Was a fixture in front of Kresge's for a long time...

Paul29
Feb 5, 2011, 2:58 PM
:haha: Yes he was, can't remember his name though. He was a regular inside the store too, super nice guy.

Edited to add: his name was Ken........don't know how, or why I remembered that after 20 years though.....

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

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=72083899&postcount=28

matt602
Feb 6, 2011, 1:00 AM
Look at that freaking streetwall on James there! What the hell was wrong with people back then? It looks like Yonge Street. So dense.

Paul29
Feb 6, 2011, 1:14 AM
Ah, I forgot about the Robinson's building there. It was a vacant lot for the longest time that I remember.

Dr Awesomesauce
Feb 6, 2011, 6:31 AM
Great website! I miss those old yellow and black trollies!

matt602
Feb 6, 2011, 5:48 PM
Ah, I forgot about the Robinson's building there. It was a vacant lot for the longest time that I remember.

Yep... still is.

Paul29
Feb 6, 2011, 7:14 PM
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?

matt602
Feb 6, 2011, 10:42 PM
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.

SteelTown
Feb 6, 2011, 11:56 PM
The property belongs to Yale. The city wanted to buy the land but Yale wants something like over 2 million for the land.

c@taract_soulj@h
Feb 9, 2011, 5:35 PM
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.:yes:

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 :cool:

stuckinexeter
Mar 24, 2011, 6:43 PM
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....

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/VanWagners.jpg

matt602
Mar 24, 2011, 11:52 PM
That's pretty weird.

palace1
Mar 25, 2011, 1:31 AM
Maybe the Winona Rifle Range (which is just east of the Hamilton border, in Grimsby)?

stuckinexeter
Mar 25, 2011, 9:55 AM
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!
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Three_Bridges.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/SupEngX16.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Specoct58a.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Specjul58a.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/pwgsc505.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/pwgsc503.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/pwgsc502.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/LlyodBloom7.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/JUNE_17th_1961.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Jamescoll.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Imperial.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/GE45.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Dean1.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Construction14.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Construction11.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Construction10.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Canal1.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/1956b.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/1956_G.jpg

SteelTown
Mar 25, 2011, 12:32 PM
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Specoct58a.jpg


Do I see people walking on a sidewalk on the Skyway Bridge?!

scotto
Mar 26, 2011, 2:30 AM
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....

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/VanWagners.jpg

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.

stuckinexeter
Mar 26, 2011, 8:16 AM
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 ....

stuckinexeter
Mar 26, 2011, 11:49 AM
OK.... from the University Of California archives some really old pics.... most were taken long before i was thought of .... lol ....
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham44.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham19-1.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham13.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham20.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham18.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham17.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham16.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham15.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham14.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham12.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham11.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham10.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham9.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham8.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham6.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham5.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham4.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham3.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham2.jpg
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham1.jpg

hamtransithistory
Mar 27, 2011, 4:58 PM
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
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham44.jpg

Gore Park has been extended, but the tower flag pole hasn't been built, so this is circa 1899
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham13.jpg

The tower flag pole has been built, but the washrooms haven't, so this is sometime between 1900 and 1913
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham18.jpg

This is the First Methodist Church under construction, so this is the summer of 1913
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham4.jpg

Gage Farm, not yet Gage Park. So before 1919, but judging by the sprawl, not very much before 1919
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/ham3.jpg

drpgq
Mar 27, 2011, 5:42 PM
That's an awesome Gore Park photo.

markhornich
Mar 28, 2011, 5:50 AM
depressing pictures

parklady
Mar 30, 2011, 11:55 AM
These photos are great! I have a bunch of Hamilton history books displayed in my bookshelf, no need to be ashamed. It's just a way of looking into the future, really. If you look at these pics, and see how urban planning then worked, we can use it as examples for the future (ie: return of Street Rail).

There were some great pics I hadn't actually seen b4 tho, like the Main/Huxley shot. I think that theater is a collectors/comic shop now called 'Weird Things'. The bldg's still there, but the awning is gone.

Was the airport actually at Reid/Dunsmure? If you look at google maps sat image, it looks like the aiport was a lil more north by Melvin/Woodward (it's neat b/c it looks like the outline of runways):
http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Melvin+Ave+%26+Woodward+Ave,+Hamilton,+Hamilton,+Ontario,+Canada&sll=43.239826,-79.779861&sspn=0.007331,0.021544&ie=UTF8&cd=1&geocode=0,43.241210,-79.779560&t=k&ll=43.239763,-79.782693&spn=0.007331,0.021544&z=16&iwloc=addr

The airport was between Dunsmure and Melvin ..... I grew up on Martha Street and our house was built on the airport.

matt602
Mar 30, 2011, 9:46 PM
Weird. I live off Oriole Crescent and didn't know that airport stretched that far.

woreg75
Mar 30, 2011, 10:16 PM
I grew up on that street too!
A lot of stories and memories from that area!:cheers:

parklady
Apr 1, 2011, 11:34 PM
http://www.hwdsb.on.ca/hillcrest/history/civicairport.htm

stuckinexeter
Apr 3, 2011, 10:53 AM
...although i grew up in the Montgomery Park area, one of my best friends lived on Martha St. (this was the early 60's)
...maybe we should thumb through our parent b&w photos of us ... bet ya we all
know someone in the area that another person on here knows.... lol.

SteelTown
Apr 7, 2011, 5:23 PM
Portrait of a City (Hamilton) from 1940.....

http://vimeo.com/22031635

stuckinexeter
Apr 8, 2011, 10:10 AM
Many thanks to Brian Potstra for the "Portrait Of A City" on Vimeo.com
Here are a couple of still shots from the film the city of Hamilton produced
in the 40's.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5149/5600293902_b30b40e4f6_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5306/5600293872_fc267da1cb_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5103/5600293850_1f219deef8_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5105/5599711989_aa50834431_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5069/5599711963_9862476b32_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5147/5600293784_4f492ccfea_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5303/5599711903_67f9c08734_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5067/5600293736_7357ea15bc_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5107/5599711853_18309638a4_m.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5021/5599711831_778bbb154a_m.jpg

bigguy1231
Apr 9, 2011, 5:29 AM
I remember that old roundabout on the QEW at Highway 20(Centennial Pkwy).

JNMCWATTERS
Sep 16, 2011, 12:23 AM
What book or trade journal are these images from? Any information would be extremely helpful.
Thanks

Came across some photos of stuff you may c but never take note of. Feel free to add photos of similar items below. All pictures courtesy of archive.org and are in the public domain.

The developement of electrical power started about 1900 from the Niagara area to points in Ontario. Here are some early pics of the transmission lines/towers and some still do exist.

The pic below is the Niagara/Dundas/London corridor line. This view looks north towards the Dundas substation. The line on right is incoming from Niagara, the line on left outgoing to London. This line still exists today from Dundas to Ingersoll and also along Hwy 6 from Waterdown to Guelph.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromhamiltonhistory00listuo-3.jpg

The next pic is of the same line while workers erected the towers. Note the fact no safety gear......
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromhamiltonhistory00listuo-2.jpg

Next is that same line from Niagara Falls at the Welland Canal. Note the workmen on the canal tower finishing it off while the line is only strung to the shorter tower on the left.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromhamiltonhistory00listuo-1.jpg

Next is the switching station from the first line to reach Hamilton, before Niagara power lines. This station served the line from Decew Falls to Hamilton and was situated north of CNR tracks at Strathearne Ave in Hamilton
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromhamiltonhistory00listuoft-.jpg

This power line below ran from Niagara Falls ON via Chippewa, Fort Erie & Buffalo to Syracuse NY.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromtransmissionline00lundr-2.jpg

This line was part of the original Niagara to London Line. It still exists today running from London to Stratford.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromtransmissionline00lundr-1.jpg

This dual line ran from Niagara along the escarpment to a point near Stoney Creek at Ridge Rd. It then descended and travelled diagonally across the beach strip, where it headed northease across Burlington, meeting with the CNR tracks past Guelph Line. This line may still exist in the Hwy 20 Fonthill area.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromtransmissionline00lundrich.jpg

Finally the original Decew Falls line to Hamilton. Part of this line still exists in the Pelham area. Ontario Hydro left one tower standing to mark the historical
site of the line to Hamilton. It stands at Greenhill Ave at the foot of Cochrane Rd.
http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f43/sexexeter/Pagesfromhamiltonhistory00listuoft.jpg

stuckinexeter
Sep 20, 2011, 9:44 PM
.... pics obtained in open library online texts at
www.archive.org
.... in the search box type in anything to do with hydro such as
pylons, transmission lines, ontario hydro etc. etc. then select... you can download
the pdf of the book .... this is all for free and in public domain.

JNMCWATTERS
Sep 26, 2011, 3:47 AM
Thanks, did some searching and found the books that the other hydro related images you posted came out of but not this particular volume. I see its from the Toronto Public Library. Would you happen to have the title of the book or perhaps have saved a copy?
I've been researching, visiting and documenting the 1910 line from Niagara-Dundas-Guelph as well as the old Toronto and Niagara Power Co. line that are pictured.

palace1
Sep 26, 2011, 6:32 PM
The images without Figure #'s are from the 1913 book "Hamilton Canada: Its History, Commerce, Industries and Resources"
http://www.archive.org/details/hamiltonhistory00listuoft

JNMCWATTERS
Sep 28, 2011, 12:42 AM
Found what I was looking for, thanks very much for your help.

matt602
Jan 5, 2012, 6:57 AM
Came across this one while searching for info on Hamilton's Trolley buses. It's a real gem. Even in 1983 Hamilton was still pretty awesome.

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Frankenrogers
Jan 5, 2012, 12:34 PM
Interesting about the national advertisers on the sides of the buses which you don't really see today in Hamilton.

IronWarrior
Jan 6, 2012, 6:20 AM
I remember riding on those buses as a kid around downtown Hamilton and they would sometimes spark, I always thought it was cool then. It's sad to see the clip in that video of the old Eatons on James Street, lots of memories...

CaptainKirk
Jan 7, 2012, 7:28 AM
I remember riding on those buses as a kid around downtown Hamilton and they would sometimes spark, I always thought it was cool then. It's sad to see the clip in that video of the old Eatons on James Street, lots of memories...

I remember when James st N was one way. ;)

stuckinexeter
Apr 13, 2012, 3:36 PM
Haven't posted any old or related photos for awhile.... found all these online and were traced to The Spec or library archives.


Here is a pic of the W.F.Fitzgerald moments after striking the bridge. She is backing up to enter the bay via the south channel. http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u495/exetarian/WE-QEW-04-30-52-IB-3.jpg

Aerial view.... part of Stelco 1953.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u495/exetarian/Stelco1953.jpg

The Stoney Creek Traffic Circle
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u495/exetarian/qew-245_lg.jpg

Heading down Hwy. 20 into Stoney Creek. Note the hydro line atop the cut.
This was the first direct long distance transmission of power into Hamilton in 1898 from Decew Falls.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u495/exetarian/hwy20-21_lg.jpg

King Street West (south side) between James & McNab.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u495/exetarian/hamilton21.jpg

One of the early locomotives used by Dofasco to shunt cars on their property.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u495/exetarian/dofasco6b.jpg

The Brant Inn viewed from the air.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u495/exetarian/BrantInnaerial934.jpg

Building the Skyway Bridge
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u495/exetarian/aa-15.jpg

Two views of First United Church the night after it burned to the ground.
First Place now stands in this block King/Wellington/Main.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u495/exetarian/a-1c7.jpg
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u495/exetarian/a-1b8.jpg

This pic is someone we never saw as much as his criminal wife.
(courtesy B. Laufman)
John Dick ..... his wife Evelyn helped butcher him in '46 dumping his body
on the mountainside.... you can find more than enough about her online.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u495/exetarian/19045252_125176944533.jpg

Another shot of the Brant Inn
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u495/exetarian/2012-04-13_092613.jpg

Dofasco.... the diagonal intersection lower part is Ottawa St & Beach Rd.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u495/exetarian/1947-1b.jpg

Even I remember this sign when they were building the Skyway...
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u495/exetarian/47-Skyway-name.jpg

mattgrande
Apr 13, 2012, 5:44 PM
Where was the Brant Inn?

LikeHamilton
Apr 13, 2012, 6:34 PM
The Brant Inn viewed from the air.
http://i1070.photobucket.com/albums/u495/exetarian/BrantInnaerial934.jpg
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Where North Shore and Lake Shore Blvd meet. Maple Ave. would be the road running to the right of the large intersection in front of the Inn. This is where Spencer Smith Park starts. Joseph Brant Hospital would be on the corner where the sign is on the grass.