• 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Flashback: Sir Allan MacNab What do you know about the warrior-politician whose name is on Hamilton schools and recreation centres and who built Dundurn Castle?  His birthday is today (Feb. 19, 1798 – Aug. 8, 1862) Read More: Dundurn facelift would please Sir Allan MacNab MacNab was one of Hamilton’s ‘gutsiest’ developers MacNab was a boy soldier in the […]
  • Flashback: Chicken Roost Hamilton’s famous Chicken Roost restaurant had food magic going for it.  Do you remember? Opened in 1948 by restaurateur Max Mintz, it closed to widespread disappointment in 1986 People still rave about its chicken on a bun, cherry cokes, pies, spareribs, fries with gravy, steaks, chicken soup, butter tarts, ice cream puffs with hot fudge, […]
  • HAGERSVILLE – Burning The Hagersville tire fire burned for 17 days from the early morning hours of Feb. 12, 1990, making headlines around the world. Bringing it under control took huge effort, including the use of two waterbombers normally used to fight forest fires.  The fire covered an area the size of 18 football fields.  See more about […]
  • HAGERSVILLE – Aftermath The Hagersville blaze finally sputtered out after 17 days. It cost the province more than $10 million, including $6 million for the clean up, $1.5 million to extinguish the blaze and $743,000 to buy four homes and a farm beside the fire site. Part of the clean up cost was disposal of tonnes of oil […]