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Postcard Memories

Downtown Orillia jeweller was a real gem for men in lumber camps

Downtown Orillia jeweller was a real gem for men in lumber camps

J.B. Thompson's Mississaga Street shop operated from about 1884 to the early 1900s and was later called Madden's Jewellery
Simcoe Lodge offered beautiful views of The Narrows

Simcoe Lodge offered beautiful views of The Narrows

Back in the 1920s, this hotel was situated on Creighton Street which was the main road to Brechin during this era
Truth in advertising? Not on these novelty postcards from 1930s

Truth in advertising? Not on these novelty postcards from 1930s

Postcards were sold at local tourist shops, but despite the 'local' place names, the images were mass produced
Floral Park Store was the hub of Rama Road community

Floral Park Store was the hub of Rama Road community

Store on Rama Road doubled as a post office, had gas pumps, boasted locally-made ice cream and offered much more in the 1930s
Stephen Leacock's boathouse was originally built in 1919

Stephen Leacock's boathouse was originally built in 1919

Spearheaded by Jim Storey and Jim Dykes, the community rallied in 1995 to rebuild the most famous boathouse in Upper Canada
Fountain was main attraction at Couchiching Beach Park

Fountain was main attraction at Couchiching Beach Park

The cast iron fountain once stood where the Begg Memorial Statue is now; The fountain was removed in 1934
Abandoned ruins of mill provided limestone for local homes

Abandoned ruins of mill provided limestone for local homes

Local residents slowly and painstakingly dismantled the former grist mill in Atherley to build rock-solid homes in the area
Wooden bridge at The Narrows was built to high standards

Wooden bridge at The Narrows was built to high standards

Only the best white oak and white pine was used when the bridge was constructed in 1874; In the early 1900s, it was replaced by a steel bridge
Postcard traces origins of Champlain Monument at park

Postcard traces origins of Champlain Monument at park

The postcard was published in 1915 - 10 years before the 'elaborate celebration' of 1925 that marked the monument's unveiling
Orillia's 'fighting men' often marched to outlying areas to train

Orillia's 'fighting men' often marched to outlying areas to train

During First World War, the Simcoe Battalion was headquartered at Tudhope-Knox factory and Market Square was used as a drill ground in 1915