91st Battalion marching east on Talbot Street, St. Thomas, June 25, 1916. View is looking northwest from White Street. Businesses visible on the north side of Talbot Street include R.H. and J. Dowler Ltd., clothiers, 489-491; R.H. Beattie, baker and confectioner, 515-517 (at street level in three-storey building with date stone reading "Central Block 1882"); P.R. Williams & Son, undertakers, 519; the Princess Theatre, 525; Porter & Nelson, jewelers, 527; Sandham & Roberts, electrical contractors, 531, "Everything Electrical" sign; William Barrett, barber, 533; Ranson A. Robins, cigars and billiards, 535. The Columbia Hotel on the northwest corner of Talbot and Mondamin Streets, 537-539, is just out of view to the right.
A small Japanese imperial flag is visible in a seond floor window above the Princess Theatre. It appears to be the ensign of the Imperial Japanese Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force which was in use from 1889-1945 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Japanese_flags)
Down the Street to Yesterday Zone 29 (Hiawatha to Mondamin).
Soldiers being recruited for the 91st Battalion, ca. 1916. At the St. Thomas YMCA. The Centre Street Baptist Church steeple is partially visible in the background. The signs on the doors read: "Join the Elgin Battalion' - with Battalion in some type of short form. The others say: "Pioneers Wanted" and "Recruits wanted" in the other building. The recruting office was described as being at 558 Talbot Street, in the 1916 City Directory. Located on the south side of Talbot Street, between White and Princess (Zone 12).
Printed in the St. Thomas Times-Journal: July 3, 2007.
Published in Down the Street to Yesterday, p. 319.
Published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal Bygone Days feature, and on the Archives flickr site, February 21, 2014: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elgincountyarchives/12773978034/
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Exterior of the Sutherland Press building, 606 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, on the southeast corner of Talbot and Moore Streets, ca. 1950. Constructed in 1913 for the Noble Manufacturing Co. Ltd., biscuit makers - the St. Thomas fire insurance plan of April 1906, revised May 1913, indicates the building was under construction in April, 1913. Taken over in 1916 by Nobility Chocolates Ltd. The building was vacant from 1923 to 1926. Briefly occupied in 1927 by the Ross Leaf Tobacco Co. Ltd. Taken over in late 1927 by the Sutherland Press Ltd., Frederick W. Sutherland, president. From 1928 to 1955, Sutherland Press shared these premises with the St. Thomas Box Co. Ltd. (and in 1929 only with the Lenox Manufacturing Co. Ltd., makers of overalls). From 1957 to 1983 Sutherland Press Ltd. is listed in city directories as the sole occupant of the building. From 1985 to 1993, the property is listed under the business name Loder-Sutherland, printing and advertising. From 1994 to 1999, the building is listed as vacant. In 1998 renovations began, undertaken by owner Westpoint Country Homes, to convert the building into downtown condominiums, and from 2000-2001 the building is listed as Sutherland Towers. Listed as vacant, 2002-2003, and from 2004-2010 under the business name Personal Property Management.
This view also includes Hal Kemp Motors Chrysler auto dealership, Moore Street water tower, City Cab stand sign, London & Port Stanley Railway tracks. Note also the parking meters on Talbot Street in front of the building: meters were installed in St. Thomas ca. 1947.
Not visible in this photograph, but still evident on close inspection of the building's facade, are stencilled First World War recruiting slogans, applied 1915-1916, encouraging enlistment in the 91st Overseas Battalion, C.E.F.
Down the Street to Yesterday Zone 14 (Moore to Ross)
Copies of two aerial photographs of a large crowd at the unveiling of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, in Vimy, France, on July 26, 1936. This copy was probably made ca. 1937 and the storage envelope has the name "Hamilton" on it.
Printed in the St. Thomas Times-Journal: March 26, 2007. Caption reads: "Nobility Chocolates Limited was located at 606-610 Talbot St., ca. 1920. Ca. 1928, it became Sutherland Press , which printed calendars, business cards and other business items".
Published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal Bygone Days feature, and on the Archives flickr site, February 20, 2014: http://www.flickr.com/photos/elgincountyarchives/12773978034/.
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Exterior of the Nobility Chocolates Limited factory, 606-610 Talbot Street, St. Thomas, located on the southeast corner of Talbot and Moore Streets. Building later occupied by the Sutherland Press Ltd.. The BX Tower is visible, left background. Note the London & Port Stanley Railway signal hut to the right of the building: railway flagmen would use the hut when flagging traffic on Talbot Street to allow trains to cross the street. The John Donnelly restaurant is visible at extreme right: this business occupied the former Dake House on the southeast corner of Railway Street (now Princess Avenue) and Talbot Street.
Building was constructed in 1913 for the Noble Manufacturing Co. Ltd., biscuit makers. Taken over in 1916 by Nobility Chocolates Ltd. The building was vacant from 1923 to 1926. Taken over in 1927 by the Ross Leaf Tobacco Co. Ltd. Taken over in late 1927 by the Sutherland Press Ltd., Frederick W. Sutherland, president. Loder Sutherland was the last business that occupied this building, according to the St. Thomas directories. It is listed in the 1992/93 Directory, but then listed as vacant in the 1994/95 Directory.
Down the Street to Yesterday Zone 14 (Moore to Ross).