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

Orillia was home to many vibrant industries in the 1950s
2019-03-09 53 Industries c 1950
This is an aerial view of the industrial heartland of Orillia, circa 1950.

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 provides a great view of Orillia’s industrial area in the 1950s.

The Otaco factory is seen on the bottom right, and just above, across West Street, the front of the Dorr-Oliver-Long plant is visible. 

Following the railway line from the bottom, on the left, or north side of the tracks, is Fahralloy Canada Ltd. 

At the corner of West Street is Canada Electric Castings.  

Across West Street are Beaver Lumber and the C.N.R. freight office with several boxcars parked in front.  

Vollans Industries, located at the bottom of Andrew Street, is the first building on the south side of the tracks.