Ottawa Passé & Présent/Ottawa Past & Present

Ottawa Passé & Présent/Ottawa Past & Present is a remarkable website: an interactive blog which juxtaposes photographs from Ottawa's past with photographs from the Ottawa of today. Here, for example, is 96 to 102 Wellington Street, in 1938 and in 2014. Use your mouse to move the slider to the right to reveal the photograph … Continue reading Ottawa Passé & Présent/Ottawa Past & Present

Red are brick, blue are stone: Goad’s Insurance Plan of Ottawa

My paternal grandmother Mary Catherine Lahey was probably born at 308 Gloucester Street in Ottawa. Or, if she was not actually born at 308 Gloucester, certainly she lived at this address from her infancy into the second decade of her life. And as Goad's Insurance Plan of the City of Ottawa makes clear (click thumbnail preview, … Continue reading Red are brick, blue are stone: Goad’s Insurance Plan of Ottawa

Immense Forests (Upper Canada, 1838)

BAnQ (Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec) has an excellent online collection of maps of Québec, with some other regions covered as well.  Here, for example, is James Wyld's A Map of the Province of Upper Canada (London: 1838). I especially like the detail which indicates the various points of portage, which warns that "This River … Continue reading Immense Forests (Upper Canada, 1838)