Competitive Shooting – Greensville 1955

Posted in Uncategorized on April 16, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

During the afternoon of Sunday September 11, 1955, gun shots, and lots of them, could be heard in the vicinity of Greensville.


A provincial championship meet was held at the shooting range under the auspicious of the Hamilton Rifle and Revolver Club.



Over fifty registered participants took part in the competitions.


Above, left, is Deputy Sherriff of Pleasant Valley, New York State, a special invited guest.


A group of unidentified competitors.

Photos courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library

CWAC Recruitment – 1943

Posted in Uncategorized on April 15, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

With so many men off fighting across the ocean in World War 2 theatres of operation, there was a serious shortage of military personnel to perform the everyday duties of the military in Canada.

To that end, representatives of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps (CWAC) were busy recruiting, all across the country including Hamilton.

Below is a photograph which appeared in the Hamilton Spectator of October 14, 1943, along with the article which accompanied it.


“C.W.A.C. RECRUITING BOOTH — The Canadian Women’s Army Corps continues to enlist scores of local and district girls to relieve soldiers in Canada for combat duties abroad. At the Tivoli Theatre, this week, the corps has set up a recruiting booth where information concerning enlistment is provided without obligation. Demonstrations of certain types of work performed by girls in the corps are given at this booth. In the photograph, Miss Florence Smith is receiving information from Cpl. Cathryne Blackley, of the local recruiting centre. On the extreme right, Pte. Dorothy Albright, and Pte. Vera Wismer, who is seated beside her, demonstrate the type of work they do at the Canadian Army Trades School here.” The Hamilton Spectator. October 14, 1943.

Photo courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library.

Up On the Roof – Hamilton City Hall 1960

Posted in Uncategorized on April 14, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

It was a building project that attracted intense public interest. As the Hamilton City Hall project was advancing to its final stages, the Hamilton Spectator sent a reporter and photographer to accompany some city official on the roof of the new structure the following pictures of that inspection ran in the newspaper on April 4, 1960.


The photographer captures two construction in the view that looks towards the north-west (Federal Building, Main and Caroline in centre of photo.)



Checking the plans – this views looks towards the east. Stone spire of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, James Street South at Jackson Street, visible to the left.)


Photos courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library.


Hamilton Harbor Police – 1961

Posted in Uncategorized on April 13, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

It was a photo-op to show the improved rescue capabilities and equipement in use by the Hamilton Harbor Police.

The photos appeared in the May 16, 1961 issue of the Hamilton Spectator.


Left to right: Habour Police Chief Howard Sager; A.B. Smith, of Red Cross; Mayor Lloyd D. Jackson; C.G. Pirie, of St. John Ambulance and Deputy Harbour Police Chief, H.B. Bayley. 



A second snap taken at the same time once the participants got in the rescue boat.

Photos courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library.



Red Wings Play The Forum

Posted in Uncategorized on April 12, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

In the years when Hamilton’s Junior A team, the Hamilton Red Wings was sponsored by the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, the parent team would occasionally come to Hamilton to play an exhibition game at the Forum.

One of those games happened on January 3, 1961.


The game in progress.


Gordie Howe and Murray Oliver meet a young fan.

Photos courtesy PreVIEW, Local History and Archives, Hamilton Public Library

The following two photographs were taken that evening.

1930s Hamilton – In Postcards (Part 2)

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

This is the second of a two part look at Hamilton in the 1930s as seen in commercially produced postcard views.


Looking south on James Street North. Eaton’s department store, with flags on right. Further south, also on right (west side of street0 the bell and clock tower of Hamilton City Hall. 


James street, featuring the then-new Pigott Building, touted at the time as Hamilton’s first skyscraper. Robinson’s department store, far right.


Looking north on James Street – James Street Baptist Church, far left. Stone tower of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church also prominently visible.

Postcards from my own collection

1930s Hamilton – In Postcards (Part 1)

Posted in Uncategorized on April 10, 2014 by henleyshamilton1

Following are commercial postcards depicting various scenes in and around Hamilton during the 1930s. Brief comments accompany each postcard.



Looking west along King street from just east of John street. Note the diagonal on-street parking, two way traffic.


Looking north on John street from King street. Note Treble Hall on right (east) side of John street.

Postcards from my own collection.


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