An Edmonton Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were by Jo-Anne Christensen

By Jo-Anne Christensen

This album is a set of soppy trips into Edmonton’s previous - a time while a dime used to be all that used to be had to see a film, and skated around the glassy floor of a frozen lake that's now gone.

These photographs illustrate many vital old occasions and alterations in Edmonton, from its fur-trading beginnings via many years of super development. in the course of the lens of a digital camera we revisit squaddies returning domestic from warfare; the 1st teach rumbling into city; the 1st institution, health center, and company; the development of the Legislature and demolition of the unique castle; the desperation of the "Dirty Thirties"; and the good fortune of the preliminary oil boom.

More than 100 and fifty black-and-white photographs let us commute again in time to revisit Edmonton’s progress and its humans. via those photographs, moments in Edmonton’s prior are captured without end, wealthy with info that signify the period. An Edmonton Album is the city’s reminiscence - in pictures.

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The Imperial Bank of Canada, Jasper Avenue, circa 1912. COEAEA-10-283. " Jackson was, in fact, the first policewoman in all of Canada. This was considered so remarkable, Jackson's appointment was written up in newspapers as far away as Toronto (where they concluded that Edmontonian men must have been in short supply) and London, England (where the Daily Mirror described her duties as looking after "the morals and manners of Edmonton's young girls"). The Mirror's description was not far off the mark.

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The men were mourned throughout Edmonton and Strathcona, and the Bulletin later reported that "never ... [had] there been a more impressive spectacle" than attendance at the funeral. One service was conducted at St. Anthony's Church; the five others, on a makeshift platform in front of Wainright's undertaking parlour, as shown in the photo. This crowd later joined the mourners from St. Anthony's to form a cortege one mile long, as they proceeded to the Strathcona and Catholic cemeteries. T Funeral for coal miners, June 11, 1907.

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