It’s Wayback Wednesday: A bird’s eye view


Welcome to Wayback Wednesday sponsored by Cavalcade Color Lab! Every week, we’ll be sharing a vintage photo and asking our readers to chime in with anything you can recall about the photo, other related memories, or even a funny caption. Have some vintage photos of your own? Send them to [email protected] and we may share them with our readers! Scroll waaaaay down to see last week’s photo.

This week, another bird’s eye view of a long ago Huntsville. Can you guess the date or the photographer’s vantage point? Can you name any of the buildings? (Photo: Muskoka Digital Archives)

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Last week we shared this photo with you:

Here’s what Doppler readers had to say about it:

Dave Johns: Vintage view was taken from good old Huntsville Public School facing east. I’m going with late 1890’s for date taken.

Brian Tapley: I’d agree with Dave. I think the round turret on the building on the left is still there today. Hard to tell as the picture is kind of faint and I cannot enlarge it more, but is the bridge over the river just being built? It does not look to be completely across the river? [Brian, it certainly looks that way, doesn’t it? I think there’s a building on this side of the river that is obscuring the view of the bridge, but due to the age and composition of the photo it’s hard to tell where the building ends and the bridge begins. But if the approximate date we have for this photo – the 1910s – is correct, that would put it well after the swing bridge was completed.]

Mick Amosow: 1905. From the roof of the Anglo Canadian leather company.

This photo was indeed taken from the top of the public school, with Mick being closest to the date. It was taken sometime in the 1910s.

Thanks for your comments, everyone!


1 Comment

  1. The latest one is the old Hospital, now Fairvern but the hospital in the picture is no more, just the “newer” wing is actually what is left and used as Fairvern I think.
    The bottom right is the greenhouse that used to be operated by Mr. Kelloge or kellock (I was young and did not pay much attention to the actual name then) This used to be a fairly active greenhouse operation and provided a lot of fresh plants over the years.
    The picture was taken from Lions Lookout I’m pretty sure.
    When? That I’m not so sure but maybe in the 50’s? No later than early 60’s for sure.

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