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Postcard Memories

Publishing Orillia's postcards was a form of artistry

Publishing Orillia's postcards was a form of artistry

Local photographer, downtown business promoter, printing company and artist all involved in complicated process
The Geneva, built in Orillia, was one of the last excursion boats on local lakes

The Geneva, built in Orillia, was one of the last excursion boats on local lakes

When road network expanded, demand for the glorious steamers waned
Do you remember the original Hill's Restaurant on Colborne Street?

Do you remember the original Hill's Restaurant on Colborne Street?

Take a trip down Memory Lane to a unique tourist stop that attracted visitors from throughout the land
French's hot dog stand has heralded summer for almost a century

French's hot dog stand has heralded summer for almost a century

Trains made the park and the hot dog stand a popular destination for tourists in the 1920s; it remains popular among tourists and locals today!
Picnic Day was a popular fashion event back in the early 1900s

Picnic Day was a popular fashion event back in the early 1900s

Take a trip down Memory Lane to Couchiching Beach Park, circa 1910
Can you recognize this area of Orillia?

Can you recognize this area of Orillia?

Take a trip down Memory Lane to Westmount Drive neighbourhood circa 1955
It started as Red Cross Hospital and was transformed into Orchard Point Inn

It started as Red Cross Hospital and was transformed into Orchard Point Inn

Take a trip down Memory Lane to this Orchard Point locale that became a popular summer resort
Downtown stationery store was a local landmark for many years

Downtown stationery store was a local landmark for many years

Shopkeeper was active in promoting Orillia and its tourist trade, publishing souvenir books and postcards
Opera House tower was never rebuilt after devastating fire of 1915

Opera House tower was never rebuilt after devastating fire of 1915

Skyline of Orillia looked dramatically different 100 years ago
OSMH looking healthy and hale in 1960

OSMH looking healthy and hale in 1960

Trip down Memory Lane shows a dramatically different hospital than today's modern facility