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Niagara-on-the-Lake: 1958

Niagara-on-the-Lake: 1958

This is a shot of my grandfather's grocery store in Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario, which he operated from the time he constructed the building in 1910/1911, until 1962, when he was well into his 80s. He lived in the apartment at the upper right of the building and I fondly recall many visits. Note the distinctly Canadian signage (Robin Hood flour, Player's Cigarettes) and in the front window can be seen his famous banana tree with fruit, covered in a St. Catharines Standard newspaper article of the era. That would be me, as an 8-year-old, sitting on the front step. View full size.

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And wonderful memories to go with it. Looks like it was comfortable on that front step in the shade! I feel the same way looking at photos of my grandparents house!

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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