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Stories tagged: 1940s

The Ghosts of Camsell

Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail

The history behind the Indian Hospital is certainly haunting. During those two decades it was primarily used as a tuberculosis…

When Trolleys Came to Edmonton

Lawrence Herzog

For 70 years, electric trolleybuses travelled the streets of Edmonton. Between 1939 and 2009, they provided the city with an…

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!: A Brief History of Winter Fashion in Edmonton

Laurie Callsen

As one of the largest Northern Canadian urban centres, Edmonton is known for its long, sometimes harsh winters. For centuries,…

Chocolate Bar Strike

Neil Cramer

How frequently is it that we hear our peers or elders talk about how children are lazy and don’t have…

Tracks into the Past

Lawrence Herzog

The Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR) arrived in Edmonton in 1905 and laid tracks into downtown just north of 104th Avenue…

Crawford Block

Lawrence Herzog

Over its 102 years, the main floor of the building has served as a tent and awning store and was…

The City Market: Local Goods and a Homegrown Community

Sally Scott

When I first moved downtown from the Whyte Avenue area, I was incredibly nervous. Resistant to the idea that downtown…

Edmonton’s World War II Heroines

Laurie Callsen

During the five years of the Second World War, Edmonton came into its own as a city, where anything is…

Silver Heights Peony Garden

Dawn Saunders-Dahl

Photo credit: Dr. James Brander and children, Silver Heights Peony Garden. Provincial Archives of Alberta  #B6794. Photographer: Ernest Brown Prominent Edmonton physician James…

The Studhorse Man and the High Level Bridge

Jannie Edwards

In 1969, my first year of university, I was finally free of the social girdle of my small prairie town….