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Featured Pieces: Picturesque Postcards

Postcard aerial view of Simcoe Street & Fred Grant Square. 2016-05-23T22:43:53+00:00
Postcard with portrait taken at a local business (a). 2017-03-29T00:44:14+00:00
An Aerial postcard of Barrie’s first Shopping Plaza on Wellington Street featuring Holiday Bowl, Power Foods, Woolworth’s, Go-Cart Track, 4-Bay Car wash and the BP Gas Pavilion. 2016-06-05T18:00:59+00:00
Postcard looking West at the Market Building on Mulcaster Street. 2016-09-05T16:18:43+00:00
Postcard showing an aerial view of the Bayshore Motor Hotel. 2016-09-05T16:31:57+00:00
A postcard showing the County Court House on Worsley Street. 2016-09-05T23:39:31+00:00
Postcard looking North East from the Marina. 2016-12-10T21:49:44+00:00
A postcard showing the Allandale Train Station when operated by Grand Trunk Railroad as the G.T.R. Depot. 2016-12-18T11:58:26+00:00
The Grand Opera House on Collier Street was built in 1896 but lost the upper floor to fire in 1926. Eighty years later, in 2006, the remains of the building were expropriated to build a municipal parking garage. 2016-04-21T09:32:29+00:00
Postcard looking East down Worsley Street towards Owen Street with homes from the H-Block on the left. 2016-09-05T16:18:47+00:00
Aerial postcard showing downtown including the Woolworth building on the corner of Ross and Bayfield Streets. 2016-09-05T16:08:43+00:00
Postcard showing Dunlop Street East from Post Office Square. 2016-09-05T16:29:32+00:00


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