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Exploring Photos: Evans Cottage by RJR Pottery

RJR Pottery was produced in Niagara-on-the-Lake between 1950 and 1964 as a hobby and was mainly sold to friends. Each piece was a one-of-a-kind. The founding members were three close friends who used

Exploring Photos: Queen Street Christmas

This Christmas card of Queen Street shows former businesses Monika’s Coffees and the Greenbacks store. The former Customs House, c. 1825, is on the right. The Customs House was where the paperwork for

Exploring Photos: Shopping on Queen Street

The American tradition of Black Friday has now been adapted into Canadian culture. However, this post-American Thanksgiving ritual may not be as intense here as it sounds like our southern friends make it

Exploring Photos: Lt. William Wright

This week’s photo is a portrait of Lt. William J. Wright, a former principal of the Niagara High School (now the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum building). Wright felt a strong duty to enlist and he

Exploring Photos: The Battle of Queenston Heights

Today, Oct. 13 is the 210th anniversary of the Battle of Queenston Heights. This engraving, circa 1880s, depicts the battle by showing American troops (in blue uniforms) crossing the Niagara River and landing

Exploring Photos: Shepherd Boats circa 1950

Here is a circa 1950s aerial photograph of Shepherd Boats along the Niagara River. The Niagara-on-the-Lake Sailing Club basin is located along the left side where the row of boathouses is located. Today

Exploring Photos: The NOTL farmerettes

As we drive by all the fruit trees, we sometimes think about the young women who came from out of town during the Second World War to work on the farms. These young

Exploring Photos: Remembering tennis in NOTL

With the Canada Summer Games tennis matches happening right here in our hometown, we have the privilege of witnessing some of Canada’s future Olympians compete. To see the best tennis 135 years ago,

Exploring Photos: Riley Family Homestead

Aug. 1 marked Emancipation Day in Canada, the day on which the 1833 Slavery Abolition Act came into effect. This year it coincided with Simcoe Day in Ontario, a day named in honour of

Exploring Photos: Peach graders, 1948

Peach season has arrived! This sketch by John D. Shawe features fruit growers from 1948 preparing the peach harvest for market. Peaches were shipped from NOTL’s docks to Toronto on the Canada Steamship


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