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Old Posted Dec 28, 2012, 3:02 AM
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Arrow [Photos] Historic and Old Images

I've seen many old pictures floating around of the city, I thought it would be nice to have them in one place , could you post any older pictures you have come across including the date (or an approx.) and I could string them together eventually in chronological order
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pre 1892


Bowring building 1892


1900




The old street cars, which NEED to come back .. watch me jump on that band wagon RIGHT quick if I get elected!

1905



1908




Portugal cove
1908


Many came from here (includes many other canadian cities
http://www.vintag.es/2012/09/old-pho...1858-1935.html


some cool old public transit pics





1969




http://home.cc.umanitoba.ca/~wyatt/a...-johns-nf.html
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If you get the street cars back... Mayor for life. You'll be the King Danny of municipal politics.
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From the Canadian Skylines of the Past thread:

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National War Memorial, St. John's, 1924:


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All images from Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage - Newfoundland and the Great War.

Royal Newfoundland Regiment marching in St. John's:


Church Lads Brigade on Signal Hill:


Unveiling the National War Memorial.
Memorial Day, July 1, 1924.




And again in 1925. Note that Water Street was cobbled and had street cars.

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I tried to find a few from the riots in St. John's leading up to our union with Canada, but couldn't. I also couldn't find any of the downtown businesses draped in black tarps as a symbol of mourning to protest the 52% YES vote. BUT I did find a few beautiful shots of the city as Canada's newest provincial capital, pictures from the 1950s-70s:

All are from this site: Scartists.com









The Fortis Building, St. John's very first modern office tower:











Perhaps the only truly significant loss in a skyline sense loss in the city: the old Newfoundland Hotel, visible on the right.



And a few from the Provincial Archives.

1857



1875





1892



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1920



1939





1945



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I LOVE LOVE LOVE the old pictures!!!

look at this one which is on display in the Anglican Cathedral (it's leganary) I took a pic of it a couple of years ago

as the story goes, a Man dies during the construction of the Cathedral and when it was done all the workers gathered for a photo in front of the finished product, and the man who couldn't make it in body definitely made it in spirit! as you can see to the left

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I got the same story on my visit there. I assume it's just that it was a long exposure and he left? Or a double exposure?
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I got the same story on my visit there. I assume it's just that it was a long exposure and he left? Or a double exposure?
we shall never know muahahahaha
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I love how Battery Road seems like a sensible street in this shot:



How high up did it go back then? It looks almost like it went up and connected with Signal Hill Road even back then.
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Notice we were driving on the left side





then BAM now we don't

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I want all of this back sssooo badly.
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I love all these old pictures! Reviving the street cars would be amazing! What would be awesome (but isn't really possible) would be to eliminate streetside parking on water street and have two lanes of traffic like there is now, but with the extra room we would have space for a streetcar lane in the middle.

Another thing I would love is to revive the cobblestone streets! But sadly that is not possible due to snowclearing. There would be no way to plow it. It would probably be difficult to do snow clearing with streetcar tracks as well. But we did it in the past so maybe it's possible, I don't know
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All I got to say is Thank God, I was not born in that area, good grief.
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All I got to say is Thank God, I was not born in that area, good grief.
Do you mean that area or that era?

It looked a bit messier in that era but the downtown was the center of all things and there were few ugly new buildings, only ugly old ones. I think it looks better now than before there was any development; the tallest building in the west end was the post office. While the downtown still looked like it did pre 1970's, all new development was concentrated in the newer areas of the city, nobody wanted to invest in anything new downtown back then.
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do you mean that area or that era?

It looked a bit messier in that era but the downtown was the center of all things and there were few ugly new buildings, only ugly old ones. I think it looks better now than before there was any development; the tallest building in the west end was the post office. While the downtown still looked like it did pre 1970's, all new development was concentrated in the newer areas of the city, nobody wanted to invest in anything new downtown back then.
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I took a few of some of the old photographs hanging at the Celtic Hearth on Water Street yesterday.

A great one from 1870:



Immediately after the Great Fire of 1892. I wish I'd had my real camera. The actual picture is of a high enough quality that you can actually tell the woman in this carriage is hot AND that she has soot on her clothes.



And a panorama of the city, immediately after the fire:



One of the many buildings from that era that are no longer with us:

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Here's what the parish hall looked like originally, it's no longer a great heritage building.
The original tower was probably over 30 metres high. . . which in a way sets a historical precedent for height.



Source: http://www.library.mun.ca/qeii/cns/photos/geog200.php
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wow the great fire ones are fascinating!

I was wondering if anyone has any old pictures inside the avalon mall? or the village mall from years ago?
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I think I have mentioned this on here before, but for anyone who doesn't know, there are archives down on the 3rd floor of the Railway Coastal Museum. There are accessible to the public and they have binders and binders of old photographs that you can look at. You just can't check anything out, for obvious reasons, but they allow you to sit in and have a look. Something cool to do if you are bored some day.

http://www.stjohns.ca/living-st-john...hives-holdings

Also, you can get prints of whatever photos you like for a small fee. I have two posted on the wall in my house that I think I payed like $20 each for. One is just after the great fire and other of St. John's taken from the southside of the Harbour in like 1890 or somewhere around then.
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I think I have mentioned this on here before, but for anyone who doesn't know, there are archives down on the 3rd floor of the Railway Coastal Museum. There are accessible to the public and they have binders and binders of old photographs that you can look at. You just can't check anything out, for obvious reasons, but they allow you to sit in and have a look. Something cool to do if you are bored some day.

http://www.stjohns.ca/living-st-john...hives-holdings

Also, you can get prints of whatever photos you like for a small fee. I have two posted on the wall in my house that I think I payed like $20 each for. One is just after the great fire and other of St. John's taken from the southside of the Harbour in like 1890 or somewhere around then.
awesome! I did not know there were archives there
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awesome! I did not know there were archives there
I don't think most people do know about it. Luckily, someone at work asked me to go there one day and that is how I discovered it. I could spend hours there just looking at photos.
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I took a few of some of the old photographs hanging at the Celtic Hearth on Water Street yesterday.

A great one from 1870:



Immediately after the Great Fire of 1892. I wish I'd had my real camera. The actual picture is of a high enough quality that you can actually tell the woman in this carriage is hot AND that she has soot on her clothes.



And a panorama of the city, immediately after the fire:



One of the many buildings from that era that are no longer with us:



Who the hell changed the way the Harbour Front was laid out......if they had left it like that it would be so much easier to re-develop and densify.
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