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  • Flashback: Easter Egg Hunts Hamiltonians have had their share of Easter egg hunts over the years, as these photos from the Spectator archives show.  If you’re searching for this year’s Easter activities, click here for a list of events. Want to see some other historical Easter Flashbacks? Try these. Good Friday Albion Falls hikes The essential Easter Bonnet
  • Flashback: Easter Bonnets These photos from the Spectator archive show the head gear worn or created by Hamiltonians for Easter. Above is Millie Irwin, 73 at the time, first place winner at the Salvation Army Golden Agers’ Bonnet Parade in 1973.  The man on the right is not identified.   Check out the 2015 Easter Weekend events in Hamilton […]
  • Flashback: Good Friday Hike For generations of Hamiltonians, it’s been a tradition on Good Friday to hike through the deep, rocky gorge that leads to Albion Falls.  Picnics and wiener roasts follow, as was the case with this group of children. From left: Duane Sullivan, Steve Woods, Derek Sullivan, Adam Woods and Jeff Moote. (Hamilton Historial Collection, Ron Pozzer, […]
  • Flashback: Paddy Greene’s Paddy Greene’s was the go to spot for Irish cheer in Hamilton until it was sold and demolished in 1984.
  • Flashback: House Calls News of a doctor house call service that has just expanded to Hamilton and Burlington reminded us of the late Dr. Elizabeth Bagshaw, a Hamilton doctor who made house calls for 70 years. She was 95 when she retired in 1976, after practising medicine since 1905. Did she treat you or someone in your family? […]
  • Flashback: The Barn Loblaws put supermarkets in the news this week, saying it will build 50 new stores and renovate more than 100.  That announcement reminded us of Hamilton’s original grocery empire: The Barn, founded by George Love in 1970. Do you remember? The Barn grew out of a Hamilton Farmers’ Market stall into a chain that was […]
  • Hamilton Music through the Ages By Graham Rockingham / The Hamilton Spectator with files from Leonard Turnevicius Hamilton isn’t known for creating pop stars. It’s hard to imagine a Justin Bieber, or even a Michael Bublé, rising to fame from the shadows of the steel mills. We tend to like our music a little more real. We do it in […]
  • Flashback: Elephants in Hamilton Ringling Brothers has announced it will phase out the use elephants in its shows, due to growing public concern about how the animals are treated. The elephant has been part of carnival life for more than a century, including circus events in Hamilton.  
  • Flashback: Jackson Square This Flashback was prompted by a recent gathering in Hamilton of digital designers, who were asked to re-imagine Jackson Square , especially it’s underwhelming front entrance.  These shots from the Spec Archives show a what the area looked like before construction.
  • Flashback: ‘I swear allegiance to the Queen” A Supreme Court of Canada ruling this week means the oath of allegiance to the Queen will stay as a requirement for obtaining Canadian citizenship, despite a legal challenge under the Charter of Rights.  Whether to swear an oath would not have been on many minds in the 1950s, though, during her first visits to […]
  • Flashback: Fans loved Formula Atlantic Race Last weekend’s Daytona 500 brought to mind Hamilton’s one-time encounter with high-speed auto racing.  Fans lined the entire route, but the 1978 Formula Atlantic race was an ill-fated event. It had financial problems, and the damage from crowds along the circuit was extensive. SEE: A rundown of all the problems in this archive story (Missed […]
  • FLASHBACK: Shopping The departure of U.S. retail giant Target offers a contrast to the days when people formed lasting bonds with classic department stores and food stores across the city of Hamilton – architectural gems downtown like The Arcade and Eaton’s – where elevator operators wore white gloves and ladies sipped tea in the Green Room.  As […]