This book is a photo-history of London, Ontario. It contains hundreds of never-before-seen photos from London’s up to the 195o’s.
Settled at the fork of the Thames River in early 1800’s, London was a small rural town when William Sutherland founded the Canadian free press as a weekly paper in 1849. A few years later, under new owner Josiah Blackburn, the paper was renamed the London Free Press, and grew into a major daily as London grew into the institutional power house of Western Ontario.
The ensuing decades saw the Great Western Railway link London with the rest of North America as the Forest City established itself as the legal, financial, military and educational centre of the region. Home to Western University, London Life, Victoria Hospital and the Worlsely Barracks, London established itself as vital to the growing nation.
This book chronicles London’s growth from a modest town perched precariously on the flood-plain to a city growing quickly enough to annex surrounding communities. This wide-ranging collection showcases the Forest City like never before, from London’s sacrifices in war to church life on Sunday, from couples doing the jitterbug to the pageantry of royal visits.
The book contains 1000+ black and white photographs of these times. The book is organized meticulously and it represents how far London has come in the past 100+ years it was chronicled. This is indispensable to lovers of local history.
I loved this big book from start to finish.