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Postcard Memories

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
In the Depression of the 1930s, slot machines abounded in Orillia

In the Depression of the 1930s, slot machines abounded in Orillia

Len's Casino was one of at least 20 locations around town that was home to at least one five-cent slot machine in the 1930s
Restaurant has had many names but has always been popular

Restaurant has had many names but has always been popular

From Soo's Café to Star Café to Shangri-La Gardens to Brewery Bay ... downtown landmark has served generations of diners
Lake Dalrymple hot-spot once popular trapping and fishing area

Lake Dalrymple hot-spot once popular trapping and fishing area

Avery Point is almost a mile in length and is home to more than 200 cottages and homes
Wintry wonderland captured in 1908 postcard depicting West Street

Wintry wonderland captured in 1908 postcard depicting West Street

Image was published during golden era of postcards and sold by R.O. Smith, a downtown Orillia merchant
Saw mill operator opened Dominion Lumber to sell his products

Saw mill operator opened Dominion Lumber to sell his products

A series of fires proved disastrous for Walter Carter, who eventually sold off his saw, shingle and stave mills in Fesserton area
All aboard! Gordon Smith steamed into history in the 1960s

All aboard! Gordon Smith steamed into history in the 1960s

Mariposa Special has moved around the waterfront but still holds a place near and dear to people's hearts in Orillia
Orillia YMCA once boasted only indoor pool north of Toronto

Orillia YMCA once boasted only indoor pool north of Toronto

In our weekly trip down memory lane, we return to the early 1900s and the pioneering work of those behind the Orillia YMCA on Peter Street