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A bustling day on the main street in downtown Orillia, circa 1945

In our weekly trip down memory lane, we get a glimpse into the life of our downtown core more than seven decades ago
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Main street of Orillia, circa 1945

Postcard Memories is a weekly series of historic postcard views and photos submitted by Marcel Rousseau. Some were previously published by the Orillia Museum of Art and History and in the book Postcard Memories Orillia.

You can take a trip down memory lane with us each Saturday morning!

This postcard, circa 1945, shows a view looking west from Peter Street on a busy day in downtown Orillia.

On the left is the United Cigar store and Book shop with the name Morley Plunkett on the sign.

Morley was one of the Plunkett boys who became famous entertainers during theFirst World War. Known as “The Dumbells,” they put on shows to entertain the troops.

Next are Carters Grill and the Agnew Surpass shoe store signs.

On the right corner is the Royal Bank building, then Macnab and Sons hardware.

Next is the Orillia Newsletter run by Curran Brothers.