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    Nice shot of Jasper Avenue from 1891 but where are the sanding trucks? It looks like it recently snowed and yet the snow on the Avenue hasn't been turned to brown sludge......what gives?

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    ^ the sand is under the snow... as in, the roads aren't paved yet.... oh the horrors, the humanity... theres sand and dirt there!

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    Thanks for clarifying, go figure no pavement in 1891.

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    Default Hi jack!

    Hey , way to hijack the old postcard thread lol
    what the hell does the sanding issue have to do with a look back in pictures?

    lets try to keep this a clean thread so folks don't have to swim past debris to see the sights , Thanks

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    It was a joke, lighten up

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    Now where are some of those old buildings now!

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    I think it's amazing the amount of construction that happened in those 10 years. From a tent on the corner to a real main street.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    Nice shot of Jasper Avenue from 1891 but where are the sanding trucks? It looks like it recently snowed and yet the snow on the Avenue hasn't been turned to brown sludge......what gives?
    This is not Jasper Avenue in 1891, more likely 1910 - 1915. The Edmonton Radial Railway did not begin operations until 1908.

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    Quote Originally Posted by old ed View Post
    wow. Awesome shot. Where did you get this one from? Do you have a link to the site or was this a scan you did?

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    I'm loving all of these postcards! Thanks everyone for posting!
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    ^ This is looking south down 100 St.? What is that gorgeous building to the left?
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    where in edmonton is that last post card from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTA View Post
    ^ This is looking south down 100 St.? What is that gorgeous building to the left?
    Post Office
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    ^ It looked like a post office, but I wasn't sure. Damn was it gorgeous. Another lost gem.
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    we did keep the clock works, though they don't appear to run

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueline View Post
    we did keep the clock works, though they don't appear to run
    Oh... well... that's alright then.

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    The more I see these old views, the more it's obvious how much this city seems to have a "if it's more than 50 years old, demolish it" mindset. Thank God the great cities such as London, Paris, Rome, etc. are not of this thinking. Keep the old pics. coming, much enjoyment for everyone.

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    At least we still have the McLeod Building...



    The McLeod Block became an instant Edmonton landmark when it was completed
    in 1915. The crowning glory of Kenneth McLeod’s career as a businessman and
    developer, this was the city’s tallest building at The McLeod Block, one of Edmonton’s first skyscrapers, c. 1915. (Edmonton: Alberta’s Capital City - 1914 at CEA) 51 the time, a distinction it retained for almost 40 years. McLeod came to Edmonton from Ontario in 1891, and by 1913 was successful enough to be able to finance this $600,000 venture. The McLeod Block is a virtual replica of a building which McLeod had seen in Spokane, Washington. He even hired the same man, John K. Dow, to design it. Terracotta provides detail at the windows, cornice and corners, and matching glazed brick is used as a veneer over the rest of the facade. Perhaps the most eye-catching feature of this memorable building is the cornice with its decorative row of antefixae above, and modillions and polychromed frieze below. The classical vocabulary, so successful in smaller buildings such as the Bank of Commerce (III-3), was deftly adapted to the larger scale of the highrise McLeod Block. It is now the best remaining example of Edmonton’s skyscraper designs of that period and was designated a Provincial Historical Resource in 1995 and as a
    Municipal Historic Resource in 2001.
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    Default Jasper Ave looking east circa 1900...


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    Great pictures of old Edmonton Ed.
    Thank you for posting them.
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    It's neat how the old train station, now Iron Horse, still looks almost exactly the same, right down to the loading area on the N side.
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    The Windsor Hotel stood for many years at the South West corner of 101st Street and Jasper Ave. It was demolished to make way for the Royal Bank Building in 1962.

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    Default An almost unrecognizable view...


    Looking North from Sastatchewan Drive around 106 Street.

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    Default A real old one...


    I'm not sure where this is but I'd say Jasper Ave. looking west circa 1890?

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    Earl Grey was Canada's Governer General 1904-11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueline View Post
    Nice image almost perfectly exposed to boot !
    I see some dust specks. Must be on his sensor! hahahaha...I kid, I kid! (nice photo!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edmontonfan View Post
    It's neat how the old train station, now Iron Horse, still looks almost exactly the same, right down to the loading area on the N side.
    The Iron Horse was the STRATHCONA station. Edmonton had it's own station(s). One (Canadian Northern/Grand Trunk Pacific) was where the CN tower is now. The other (Canadian Pacific) was where the Jasper Ave Save-on-Foods is now. I think the one in the picture is the CNoR/GTPR one. They look the same because they were from the same era and because they were all build to a common plan.

    The CPR building lasted until 1993 when it was torn down despite a public outcry (source: Real Estate Weekly).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevlar View Post
    The CPR building lasted until 1993 when it was torn down despite a public outcry (source: Real Estate Weekly).
    Yes, one of the most idiotic moves EVER by council. Unfrikkinbelievable. Hop's Handbags.....hahahahaha.....what a complete joke.

    From the same Real Estate Weekly link....


    In 1969, the magnificent facade was concealed under a false “cheese grater” front and low grade concrete. When they were peeled away in March 1993, what was then known as the Tower Mortgage Building was transformed from an ugly duckling into a swan, revealing one of Edmonton’s most spectacular remaining examples of classical revival architecture.

    Unfortunately, city council voted eight to three to demolish the building and replace it with a two-storey handbag store that went out of business a short while later, leaving the space vacant for years. In one of the most idiotic moves of all time, the City decided that some of the significant elements from the CPR Building should be grafted onto the front of the new structure – curios of a dismembered past as a perpetual reminder of the irreplaceable loss.

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    After Hops closed there was an empty department store in City Centre mall that was stuffed full of handbags & suitcases for sale at reduced rates.
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    I bumped the Lost Buildings thread, time to top this related thread as well since it has some lost buildings.
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    This city had so much and lost so much. When will we learn?
    Great old shots!
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    Quote Originally Posted by IGNITERS View Post
    hope this worked...

    is it on 102 st and 102 ave ???
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    ^ looking west from 102 Ave @ 101 St.
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    That's the old Eaton's Department Store on the right which was torn down and replaced by Eaton's Centre.
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    I still can't believe that's the King Edward Hotel on the left. It looks nothing like it did when it was originally built.
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    oh really, that is the hotel that got burned to the ground so I wonder what started the fire at the hotel , if you can remember years ago
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    Quote Originally Posted by cnr67 View Post
    This city had so much and lost so much. When will we learn?
    Great old shots!

    there is nothing you can do to see there is many buildings were gone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 24karat View Post
    That's the old Eaton's Department Store on the right which was torn down and replaced by Eaton's Centre.

    is it this building and also old greyhound bus station torn down and replaced what is today city centre west ??
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    I agree, much of 100 and 101 Street have been destroyed in the name of progress. The Courthouse, Post Office, Tegler Building, Woodwards, Eatons and Old Library were demolished. The King Edward and Selkirk Hotels burned down.

    Thank goodness some buildings were saved and restored. The McLeod Building, the Imperial Bank of Canada, the Bay and Hotel MacDonald were restored. Edmonton has designated many of the older buildings heritage sites. Still, I think some landowners have no respect for our buildings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by howie View Post
    The more I see these old views, the more it's obvious how much this city seems to have a "if it's more than 50 years old, demolish it" mindset. Thank God the great cities such as London, Paris, Rome, etc. are not of this thinking. Keep the old pics. coming, much enjoyment for everyone.
    that was very much the mentality here in the 70's and 80's for sure. i was very angry when they took away the Alberta Hotel.
    even the Hotel McDonald was abandoned for a long time before being restored. imagine if it had been burned to the ground or something.
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    ^ You do realize the Alberta Hotel is being rebuilt as we speak, right?
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    There's a bit of a difference between being rebuilt and being preserved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    ^ You do realize the Alberta Hotel is being rebuilt as we speak, right?
    yes, but i wish they had just left it in it's original spot, and, like the Hotel Mac, just renovate it. a rebuild somewhere else, although admirable, isn't quite the same!

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    Check out this site, lots of downtown pics circa 1966 - 1974
    http://www.trolleybuses.net/edm/edm.htm
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    Thanks, Jasper!

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    sooo cool guys!! my dad worked for the ETS as a bus and LRT driver for almost 30 years, and yes, he drove the trollies too!
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    Nice work.
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    Thanks for the vid. Jasper. Churchill Square looked so much nicer pre-concrete in the shot at 3:00 of the video. The area had space and human scale.
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    Thanks Jasper. You made my day!
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    Great video Jasper!
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    would love to see an exterior image of the old Purple Lantern
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    don't you wish you could just go back in time for 1 day, and see the 40's or 50's or 60's or 70's or the early 1900's just one more time?
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    Default Great thread!

    This thread is awesome! I love the pics and postcards of downtown in the 50's and 60's. I grew up in Edmonton in those days and I remember it as a wonderful, safe place where kids could be just kids and explore the city without fear. We moved to BC in the 70's but I'm still an Edmontonian at heart.

    This is only my second post on this forum, and I'm already seriously addicted! I'd really love to see some 'now and then' shots of Edmonton based on the postcards on here. I couldn't resist doing one of the downtown library using a pic posted here and Google Earth Streetview. A truly amazing resource.

    One question - did that partially obscured tall building in the first shot, just to the left of the CN Tower, used to be known as The Avord Arms? I seem to remember it going up about the same time as the CN Tower. They were the two tallest buildings in town at the time IIRC.

    Then:


    And Now (Courtesy of Google Earth Streetview)


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    no, the Avord Arms is the flat, white, apartment building across the street to the south of the CN Tower.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OilTastic/BigCityDude View Post
    no, the Avord Arms is the flat, white, apartment building across the street to the south of the CN Tower.
    Actually, that's the one I meant. Sorry if I was unclear, and thanks!

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    The library parkade entrance looks so much better in the old pic. Better pedestrian visibility.
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    I notice the traffic lights were hung horizontal back then as well unlike anywhere else in the country. Why is that? I've always been curious as to that question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    The library parkade entrance looks so much better in the old pic. Better pedestrian visibility.
    agreed. As it is now, it just blocks off the public square behind the library. A heated parkade ramp, and the removal of the dome would do wonders.

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    It wasn't just the library that looked better back then. Churchill Square was an attractive, people-friendly place in those days. It was green and open and there weren't any drunks/druggies/homeless people hanging around. The 'old' City Hall building was an Edmonton landmark that had some personality, completely unlike that horrid pyramid-thingy that's there now. I always thought the 'Spaghetti Tree' fountain out front was pretty cool.

    Don't get me going on the rest of downtown...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Death Monkey View Post
    The library parkade entrance looks so much better in the old pic. Better pedestrian visibility.
    Agreed. It's that ugly browned glass that really dates the entrance to the parkade. Funny how it looks more contemporary in the old pic than it does in the new one.

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    That old picture of the library sure brings back some great memories. As a child I used to spend a lot of time after it first opened in the kid's library in the basement. Back then it had reptiles and amphibians in a glass enclosure and I believe there was a water feature as well (my memory is a bit fuzzy after all these years). The downtown definitely had a much different vibe back in those days.
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    The train station pictured above IS the Iron Horse. I came to Edmonton in 1960 and caught the Dayliner home on weekends from that station. It was then called South Edmonton.

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    Default another one bites the dust ....

    Guess this is gone now huh?



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    Too bad Molson House is gone. In regards to Churchill Square, the new addition is a huge improvement over the old square. The green grass that is being referred to was often a mud bog and had to be replaced many times over the course of the year. The new Square is much more functional and looks great during the summer months.

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    Going to Fort in View Golf course ??
    Maybe ??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doug View Post
    Too bad Molson House is gone. In regards to Churchill Square, the new addition is a huge improvement over the old square. The green grass that is being referred to was often a mud bog and had to be replaced many times over the course of the year. The new Square is much more functional and looks great during the summer months.
    Astroturf would've have been a better alternative in my view.
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    If Victoria can maintain a beautiful, popular and very green park (Beacon Hill) right on the edge of downtown without letting it turn into a mudbog, why can't Edmonton do something like that with the Square? It even rains more in Victoria...

    Mayor Mandel (sp?) referred to the Churchill Square area as a 'dead zone' after a recent stabbing in front of the library. He even suggested the main entrance be moved to the south side of the building. What does that say?

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    OLD POSTCARDS....
    Sorry not trying to be dismissive but once again I feel I have to mention that I started this thread for POSTCARDS OF EDMONTON not to discuss the lack of grass in churchill square
    PLEASE post an old postcard if you have one or share a fond memory if you must but lets leave this as clean as possible so we dont have 300 posts and 12 pictures dig ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by IGNITERS View Post
    OLD POSTCARDS....
    Sorry not trying to be dismissive but once again I feel I have to mention that I started this thread for POSTCARDS OF EDMONTON not to discuss the lack of grass in churchill square
    PLEASE post an old postcard if you have one or share a fond memory if you must but lets leave this as clean as possible so we dont have 300 posts and 12 pictures dig ?
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    Sorry about that. I'm new here, so you might need to remind me to behave once in a while.

    Anyhoo, here are a couple more 'then and now' pics based on some old postcards I found here and Google Earth Streetview. ( I hope the OP doesn't mind.)

    This one is Jasper Avenue looking east from 103 st., taken in the mid-Fifties from the look of it.

    The same corner now:

    The changes are drastic but you can easily tell that both pics were taken from about the same place, not so much in the next set.
    This is Jasper Avenue and 102 st., still looking east, the pic looks like it's from the early Sixties.

    And the same spot now:

    Hard to tell this is the same corner as the old one. Hell, if the old Hudson's Bay building wasn't visible in this pic, it's hard to tell it's even the same city.

    Maybe I'm off-topic again, but I have to say it. Holy cow, those big green street signs are UGLY. The damned things look like leftovers from a bridge construction site.
    There, now I feel better.
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    No , of coarse I dont mind, I dig what yer doing with the comparisson shots!
    Keep it up !,Folks need to see what was taken away from our city ...

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    a couple of things about the comparison pictures: The old ones all have more people on the street than the new ones and the picture of 102 st. and Jasper really illustrates the improvement in appearance resulting from the trolley line removal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph60 View Post
    a couple of things about the comparison pictures: The old ones all have more people on the street than the new ones and the picture of 102 st. and Jasper really illustrates the improvement in appearance resulting from the trolley line removal.
    Downtown was a pretty vibrant place in those days so the streets were always crowded. Unless it was Sunday, of course. Manning made it mandatory to lock everything up and go to church that day.

    Personally, I think the improvement from taking down the trolley lines is more than cancelled out by those visually jarring green street sign/lamp-posts.

    Here's another then-and-now shot, this one of 101st. looking south towards the Chateau Lacombe.The first one was obviously taken during a Klondike Days event, probably the parade, in the late Sixties.

    Here's what 101st. looks like now from almost exactly the same location:

    Streetview's an amazing thing, isn't it?
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    If Victoria can maintain a beautiful, popular and very green park (Beacon Hill) right on the edge of downtown without letting it turn into a mudbog, why can't Edmonton do something like that with the Square? It even rains more in Victoria...
    Beacon Hill is a massive park, akin to our River Valley. If there was a dozen acres of it that were used on a regular basis by thousands of people, they'd be trampled mud bogs too.

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    Just found this on ebay.
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    Isn't this the Low Level Bridge famous for the time when a freight train was parked on it to prevent it being swept away in a flood? The tracks appear to either be missing or severely overgrown in this photo. When were the tracks lifted?
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    looks to me like the tracks are still there in that pic.

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    Here are some scans from an old tourist booklet of Edmonton. I'm guessing its from around the 1920s to 30s (No copyright date on the booklet).

    http://s840.photobucket.com/albums/z...onton%20scans/

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    !! Great old images THX
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    Great photos. So sad we lost the courthouse and library (to name only a few)

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    ^
    Those are great; did you scan them or is there a source on the internet?

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    I found that batch on the internet.
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    Just as a little side note in the link I posted earlier, In the "Business Section" pic on the horizon above the Telger Building looks exactly like the Alberta Terminals Ltd. building on Yellowhead Trail. Just from the small shape you can see on the photo, it looks exactly the same shape as the one standing today. How old is that building? Would have been a bit out of town at the time of that photo. You can also see it in the Airport photo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmart81 View Post
    Just as a little side note in the link I posted earlier, In the "Business Section" pic on the horizon above the Telger Building looks exactly like the Alberta Terminals Ltd. building on Yellowhead Trail. Just from the small shape you can see on the photo, it looks exactly the same shape as the one standing today. How old is that building? Would have been a bit out of town at the time of that photo. You can also see it in the Airport photo.
    The Alberta Terminals on Yellowhead were built during the depression, were they not?

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    http://www.imagescanada.ca/009005-11...aj0547m4mb7986

    Lots of pictures of old Edmonton on this site.
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    Pretty sure I have an old b/w pic of someone sitting on the lawn in the traffic circle at the airport somewhere. I'll have to do some digging.

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    Noticed in the last image of the Mac. Lower right hand corner what appears to be an amphibious aircraft.

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    ^ where was this?
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    ^ Corona was south side of Jasper between 106 St and 107 St. It was replaced by First Edmonton Place.

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    I used to go by the Corona every day on my way to college. Back in the early 70s there was a rumour going around that there was a gay bar in there, but I don't know if that was actually true. Regardless, it was quite a dive as I recall.

    Neat pic of the Centennial Library. I'd love to see one like that of the entrance on Churchill Square; it was much more attractive then than it is now.
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