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Mattawa

Bruno Charron, Canadian Photography in Mattawa, Ontario

Bruno Charron, Canadian Photography in Mattawa, Ontario

September 13, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

This cabinet card has moved to the Bruno Charron page at VintagePostcards.org. Copyright ©2010, NipissingHistory.com. All rights reserved.  Read More →

North Bay

The Canadian Pacific Railway at North Bay, Ontario in 1884

The Canadian Pacific Railway at North Bay, Ontario in 1884

November 26, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

We’re excited to share a recent find with you — an important pioneer photograph of Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) railroad workers in North Bay, Ontario. Penciled on the reverse is a note which says: “Old Time Ry. Men, CPR, North Bay. Taken in March 1884.” The image is sharply focused and well composed; we can’t help but wonder who the undoubtedly experienced photographer was. While North Bay served as a regional trading center as early as 1851, it wasn’t until November 1882 – only 1-1/2 years before this picture was taken — that it incorporated... [Read the full story]

Parry Sound

Powassan, Ontario: The Windsor Hotel

Powassan, Ontario: The Windsor Hotel

December 26, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

No mention of downtown Powassan would be complete without the inclusion of The Windsor Hotel. We’ve allowed more room for this post, which is now located on the Powassan history page at VintagePostcards.org. See an 1884 image of the CPR at North Bay, Ontario. Copyright © 2010, NipissingHistory.com. All rights reserved.  Read More →

Temagami

The Lakeview House, an Early Bear Island Hotel

The Lakeview House, an Early Bear Island Hotel

January 16, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

This post about The Lakeview House, an early and probably log hotel, has moved to the Temagami First Nation page at VintagePostcards.org. Read about a rare Canadian stamp sold recently at auction for over $250,000 USD. Copyright © 2010 NipissingHistory.com. All rights reserved.  Read More →

Video

Historic Mattawa, Ontario Video

October 25, 2010 · Leave a Comment 

We never did find out who created this video of vintage postcards from our Mattawa collection, but we like the results and the rousing Stompin’ Tom tune. Someone with the handle “lindprod” put it up on YouTube in December 2007, where it’s since had almost 3,000 views. Enjoy! Read about Bruno Charron, a late 19th c. Mattawa photographer. Copyright ©2010, NipissingHistory.com. All rights reserved.  Read More →

North Bay

The Canadian Pacific Railway at North Bay, Ontario in 1884

The Canadian Pacific Railway at North Bay, Ontario in 1884

We’re excited to share a recent find with you — an important pioneer photograph of Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) railroad workers in North Bay, Ontario. Penciled on the reverse is a note which says: “Old Time Ry. Men, CPR, North Bay. Taken in March 1884.” The image is sharply focused and...

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A North Bay, Ontario Furniture Store and Funeral Home

A North Bay, Ontario Furniture Store and Funeral Home

This important early North Bay, Ontario real-photo postcard (RPPC), tells us much about the lifestyle and social mores of North Bayites nearly 100 years ago. The imposing gentleman wearing an overcoat and hat is local businessman Frederick J. Martyn. Born on 22 April 1868 and a teacher by trade, he arrived in North...

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Ham Radio Operators and QSL Cards in North Bay, Ontario

Ham Radio Operators and QSL Cards in North Bay, Ontario

Ham radio operators have been sending QSL cards for almost a century, and here are two examples from North Bay, Ontario. QSL stands for “I acknowledge receipt.” The traditional use of the postcard-sized QSL card was to serve as written confirmation of a two-way amateur radio communication or one-way reception...

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North Bay, Ontario: The New Ontario Brewery

North Bay, Ontario: The New Ontario Brewery

This post has moved to the New Ontario brewery page at the VintagePostcards.org website. Copyright ©2010, NipissingHistory.com. All rights reserved.

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North Bay, Ontario Mystery Solved: Canada’s Largest Indian Location

North Bay, Ontario Mystery Solved: Canada’s Largest Indian Location

A serendipitous purchase has solved a mystery: the former location of Canada’s largest Indian, a roadside attraction which was in North Bay, Ontario. Chief Standing Moose, a spectacular example of roadside Canadiana (technically known as roadside Americana) was 24 feet tall and billed as “Canada’s...

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North Bay, Ontario: What Happened to Canada’s Largest Indian?

North Bay, Ontario: What Happened to Canada’s Largest Indian?

Since the automobile opened travel opportunities in the 1920s, North Bay’s Lakeshore Drive — hugging the shoreline of Lake Nipissing — has been the home to many of the city’s motels, cottages and cabins. Somewhere on Lakeshore stood Chief Standing Moose. This spectacular example of roadside...

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Early Old Home Week Celebrations in Canada

Early Old Home Week Celebrations in Canada

We once had a conversation with a North Bay area educator about North Bay’s 1925 Old Home Week celebration. She had thought that Old Home Week was a North Bay invention; however, that’s incorrect. Here, at last, is “proof” of that — a 1904 patriotic private postcard which shows that...

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Commanda

A Glimpse of Commanda, Ontario in Parry Sound

A Glimpse of Commanda, Ontario in Parry Sound

The Commanda, Ontario information on the post office and general store has moved...


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Powassan

Powassan, Ontario: The Windsor Hotel

Powassan, Ontario: The Windsor Hotel

No mention of downtown Powassan would be complete without the inclusion of The Windsor...


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