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An Ottawa Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were Paperback – Oct 1 1997

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dundurn; First Printing edition (Oct. 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0888821956
  • ISBN-13: 978-0888821959
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 449 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #441,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With its superior photography and broad canvas, An Ottawa Album [will] appeal to a wide audience."

(Ann Turner Canadian Book Review Annual)

This illustrated history of Ottawa traces the city's development from the days when Bytown was a lumber village to its emergence as Canada's capital and fourth-largest urban area. From the earliest photographs of the original Centre Block of the Parliament Buildings, through the VE-Day and VJ-Day celebrations at the end of World War II and beyond, this beautiful book of superb black-and-white photographs and informative text offers a charming glimpse of the evolving city.

The photographs have been chosen both for their historical importance and their quality as visual art. They show a cross-section of life in the developing capital from the formality of Rideau Hall to working people selling wood and straw in Byward Market. This art, among the best from Canada's early photographers, has been culled from major collections in the National Archives of Canada and Ottawa's city archives. Many of the photographs have never been published before.

About the Author

Born in Powell River, BC, Marion Van de Wetering is a graduate of the University of Guelph. She has written articles for the Toronto Star and is a part-time graduate student at the University of Ottawa. Marion and her husband, writer Mark Bourrie, live in Ottawa.

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This is a beautiful book of pictures of Ottawa as I remember it. Buy this book for anyone who has ever lived in Canada's beautiful capital city.
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A Pictorial Look At The Early Days Of Canada's Capital Feb. 11 2008
By AvidOldiesCollector - Published on
Format: Paperback
This 153-page book, measuring 11 x 8 1/2 inches, offers up 153 photographs of various aspects of the city's history, along with often fascinating and informative comments on each.

The buildings covered include Earnscliffe, the earliest City Hall and the one that replaced it in 1914, the Aberdeen Pavilion, the early post office building circa 1916, Carleton County Courthouse, the original Supreme Court, Rideau Hall, St. Lawrence & Ottawa Railway Station, the Broad Street Station, the Chateau Laurier and Union Station - both under construction, Her Majesty's Theatre before 1867, the Family Theatre circa 1910, Britannia Bay Club House, the Russel and Albion hotels, the Victoria Memorial Museum under construction, the Dominion Observatory under construction, the Parliament Buildings, including the original Centre Block before the big fire in 1916, the Byward Market main building, the Carnegie Public Library, the Billings Home in 1925, the Elgin Street Police Station, the Director's Residence of the Central Experimental Farm along with the Cereals and Bacteriology Building and the Main Cattle Barn, Reid's Farm, and the P.M.'s Residence on Sussex Street.

Other photographs show various vintage street scenes, including some from the great fire of 1900, the canal and some of the early boats to navigate it, Sapper's Bridge, vehicles such as the earliest street cars and buses, automobiles, fire vehicles both horse-drawn and automotive, and the first aeroplane bringing air mail to the city in 1913.

All in all just a delightful book, although I had hoped to see a photo and details that would have shed some light on an old post card in my possession which shows the "Arch In Driveway" which used "3,000 varieties of Canadian wood" in its construction!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful book Dec 4 1999
By Mildred St. James - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a beautiful book of pictures of Ottawa as I remember it. Buy this book for anyone who has ever lived in Canada's beautiful capital city.