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Orillia's first hospital had 20 beds and cost $16,000 (4 photos)

Orillia's first hospital had 20 beds and cost $16,000 (4 photos)

In today's Postcard Memories installment, we explore the origins of Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital
Bonita Glen camp has deep roots in Hawkestone (4 photos)

Bonita Glen camp has deep roots in Hawkestone (4 photos)

Take a trip down memory lane to camp life in 1950s, where 12-day stay cost $25!
Parking was at a premium on the 'main drag' in the 1940s

Parking was at a premium on the 'main drag' in the 1940s

Take a trip down memory lane to the downtown of Orillia's past
Take a trip down memory lane to downtown Orillia, circa 1955

Take a trip down memory lane to downtown Orillia, circa 1955

Aerial view provides glimpse into what downtown Orillia looked like more than 60 years ago
Tecumseth Street: Stately even at the turn of the century

Tecumseth Street: Stately even at the turn of the century

Take a trip down memory lane to a picturesque north-end neighbourhood
A glimpse into the golden age of industry in the heart of Orillia

A glimpse into the golden age of industry in the heart of Orillia

Orillia was home to many vibrant industries in the 1950s
Novelty greeting cards abounded in golden age of postcards

Novelty greeting cards abounded in golden age of postcards

These could be found in any town; often just the name of the town was different
Take a trip down Memory Lane to Orillia's main drag, in the 1960s

Take a trip down Memory Lane to Orillia's main drag, in the 1960s

Check out the familiar stores and modern mercury-vapor streetlights
Do you remember the Orillia Motor Camp?

Do you remember the Orillia Motor Camp?

In the 1940s and 1950s, up to 20,000 campers flocked to this Portage Bay paradise each summer
Ice harvesting was once a major industry on local lakes

Ice harvesting was once a major industry on local lakes

Back in the early 1900s, Orillia's 'newest industry employed more than 150 men and boys' during the winter