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William Swinton's furniture store was a popular downtown mainstay

William Swinton's furniture store was a popular downtown mainstay

For more than three decades, the family's furniture store operated in downtown Orillia before being sold to Adams Furniture Company in 1947
T.B. Mitchell made his mark in Orillia via furniture, funerals

T.B. Mitchell made his mark in Orillia via furniture, funerals

By 1890 Mitchell was one of the largest dealers in furniture as well as carpet, sewing machines, musical instruments and picture frames
Recruits from all over Canada once descended on Orillia

Recruits from all over Canada once descended on Orillia

Orillia was home to Basic Training Camp No. 26, a 20-acre site near Park Street that contained more than 40 buildings including a hospital and drill hall
Do you remember when there was 'Gold' in downtown Orillia?

Do you remember when there was 'Gold' in downtown Orillia?

Frank and Reta Gold operated Gold Men's Wear in downtown Orillia for more than two decades
Angled parking was the order of the day in downtown Orillia

Angled parking was the order of the day in downtown Orillia

This postcard captures the look and feel of Orillia's 'main drag' of Mississaga Street East, circa 1928
Did Canada's first exercise bike originate in Orillia?

Did Canada's first exercise bike originate in Orillia?

The Boyles Home Trainer debuted in 1900 and it's believed it was invented by Orillia's John Boyle to help athletes train during the long winter months
Oil truck lost brakes, crashed downtown in 1953 <b>(4 photos)</b>

Oil truck lost brakes, crashed downtown in 1953 (4 photos)

The oil truck slammed into several vehicles but, remarkably, nobody was seriously injured and no fuel was spilled in crash that drew quite a crowd downtown
Railway stop made Port Stanton gateway to Sparrow Lake, resorts

Railway stop made Port Stanton gateway to Sparrow Lake, resorts

During the weekends in the summer months, hundreds of tourists would come and go from this little station in the early 1900s
When mail delivery began in Orillia, postman knocked twice a day

When mail delivery began in Orillia, postman knocked twice a day

Local crew of letter carriers walked the town faithfully delivering the mail in all forms of weather twice a day, six days a week in the early 1930s
Longford was once home to world's largest producer of charcoal

Longford was once home to world's largest producer of charcoal

Standard Chemical, Iron and Lumber Company employed more than 100 men following a 'burst of prosperity' during the First World War