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Postcard Memories

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
History runs deep at The Narrows in Atherley <b> (4 photos) </b>

History runs deep at The Narrows in Atherley (4 photos)

In this week's Postcard Memories feature, you can travel back in time to an era of boat liveries and fishing guides
Take a trip down memory lane to Wilcan Village, circa 1950

Take a trip down memory lane to Wilcan Village, circa 1950

These tidy, housekeeping cabins were located on east side of Rama Road across from the entrance to Floral Park
Trip down memory lane takes us to Peter Street, circa 1925

Trip down memory lane takes us to Peter Street, circa 1925

This is one of many photo postcards published by Orillia photographer George A. Brown and captures a streetscape many will recognize
Were old postcards the start of the fake news trend?

Were old postcards the start of the fake news trend?

Artists, hired by publishing companies, often manipulated the images to provide a more attractive, uncluttered image
Couchiching Beach once boasted bathing pavilions for men, women

Couchiching Beach once boasted bathing pavilions for men, women

Back in 1911, the pavilions were built right on the sandy beach near the shoreline
Did you know Orillia once boasted three bowling alleys?

Did you know Orillia once boasted three bowling alleys?

Orillia Bowling Academy on Mississaga Street was so busy, two others opened for business
Roots of Guardian Angels Church date back to 1870s log structure

Roots of Guardian Angels Church date back to 1870s log structure

New church, built of limestone from Longford, was completed in 1911; the majestic spire was not added until 1926
Take a trip down memory lane to Main Street Orillia, circa 1912

Take a trip down memory lane to Main Street Orillia, circa 1912

This postcard reflects the intersection of Mississaga and Peter streets in the early 1900s