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Postcard Memories

Unique series of postcards told some tall tales about Orillia

Unique series of postcards told some tall tales about Orillia

'Exaggeration' photos were originally created by American photographer and sold in communities across North America in 1920s
The Orillia Asylum was a landmark on Lake Simcoe's shore

The Orillia Asylum was a landmark on Lake Simcoe's shore

Building, elaborately designed with 14-foot spire and turret-like pinnacles, was stripped of many of its architectural features in the 1960s
It's time to go back to elementary school, back in time, to 1920

It's time to go back to elementary school, back in time, to 1920

These three large elementary schools served Orillia's young students since before the turn of the 19th century; Two of the buildings are still standing
Check out the civic centre of Orillia's downtown, circa 1913

Check out the civic centre of Orillia's downtown, circa 1913

Orillia Free Library, first to be municipally owned, opened in 1911 alongside Town Hall, which was completed in 1874
History of high school on West Street dates back to 1876

History of high school on West Street dates back to 1876

Scandal involving original headmaster of school sparked resignation; Orillia Collegiate Institute building was constructed in 1899
Ice Palace was focal point of Orillia's first winter carnival <b>(4 photos)</b>

Ice Palace was focal point of Orillia's first winter carnival (4 photos)

Inaugural event in 1928 was a three-day event, capped by night-time parade, fireworks and a 'storming' of the palace
Otaco became renowned for its unique Minnitoys after the war

Otaco became renowned for its unique Minnitoys after the war

West Street factory went from manufacturing farm equipment in 1910 to crafting sturdy toys in the early 1950s
Novelty 'Orillia' pennant postcards were popular in early 1900s

Novelty 'Orillia' pennant postcards were popular in early 1900s

Campy design of these postcards from around 1915 allowed communities to personalize the pennants
Gin Seto and The Shang were downtown Orillia icons

Gin Seto and The Shang were downtown Orillia icons

Shangri-La Garden was popular downtown landmark; Owner Gin Seto was famous for his uncanny ability to remember names
This downtown landmark was home to the Post Office in 1925

This downtown landmark was home to the Post Office in 1925

Beautiful Peter Street building has been the home of the Orillia Museum of Art & History for the last 20 years