Online archives offer glimpse of the past


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For those who love to research urban history, one of the great advances of the past couple of decades has been the quantity and quality of archival material made available online.

One of my favourite sites to visit is the City of Winnipeg Archives’ growing collection of images and documents at Winnipeg in Focus, which can be found at

The image collection has its share of postcard-like glamour shots of the city’s main thoroughfares but it also includes unique locations and street scenes from around the city dating from the 1870s to the 1990s. Displayed here is just a small example of what can be found.

Morley Avenue during the 1950 flood, photographed by Harold K. White Studio.

Winnipeg Focus is definitely worth a visit but be forewarned that you may end up spending hours at a time scrolling through its holdings.

Crossing Main Street in February 1979, prior to the opening of the underground pedestrian concourse.

The site of John Blumberg Golf Course, photographed prior to its construction in the 1960s.

The North End Farmer’s Market in 1931.

A trolley bus on Kennedy Street in 1940, from page 9 of the scrapbook of Cpl. Wallace, held by the City of Winnipeg Archives.

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