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That will be the March 4th storm. (I remember it.) People still talk about it.

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Note the '57 has one of those frost shields on the back window.  I recall a lot of people used to install those on the inside of the glass as not every car had a defroster back then.  Also the old cars I've had with the rear defogger was only a blower motor feeding cold air from the trunk and didn't do much to remove frost from the rear window. I don't believe electric rear defrosters came into common use until some time in the 1970s.

I found a blog entry about them, linked below.

http://westenddumplings.blogspot.ca/2013/01/remembering-car-window-frost-shield.html

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Not the best picture, but my mom and dad had a 59 in 59-60. The year before I was born. 

What I would give for this car now.

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........compliments of DonSSDD........smile

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......big block, 4 speed, bench seat, it doesn't get much better

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2083-2119 Barrington St., Halifax NS 1968

This was around the time when they were clearing out a bunch of older buildings during Halifax's "urban renewal" phase back in the fifties and sixties.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/urban-development-halifax-1950s-1960s-1.4051542

Photos can be found at Halifax Municipal Archives site.

http://gencat1.eloquent-systems.com/webcat/request/DoMenuRequest?SystemName=Halifax+Regional+Municipality+Archives&UserName=WA+Public&Password=&TemplateProcessID=6000_20185_20185&CMD_(SearchRequest)[11]=&PromptID=&ParamID=&RequesterType=SearchTemplate&browseData=1&Keyword=0&SearchLogic=%26Logic%3D%26S1%3DPOI1_1225%261POI1_1225%3D827

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'58 Strato Chief on Bedford Row in Halifax around 1961...

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Here's a pic of what I think is a '52 or '53 Ford in Halifax back in 1962.  Note the mismatched doors and rocker panel falling off.

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Wow, what a treasure trove of an archive Mark. Thanks for the link. There are a bunch of CP nuggets in there as well, but I won't steal your find. I just spent about two hours in there, nice to see the city documented all those old wooden buildings and houses before they were likely torn down. Kind of sad, but many were on the verge of collapsing by the look of it. What history!



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2083-2119 Barrington St., Halifax NS 1968

This was around the time when they were clearing out a bunch of older buildings during Halifax's "urban renewal" phase back in the fifties and sixties.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/urban-development-halifax-1950s-1960s-1.4051542

Photos can be found at Halifax Municipal Archives site.

http://gencat1.eloquent-systems.com/webcat/request/DoMenuRequest?SystemName=Halifax+Regional+Municipality+Archives&UserName=WA+Public&Password=&TemplateProcessID=6000_20185_20185&CMD_(SearchRequest)[11]=&PromptID=&ParamID=&RequesterType=SearchTemplate&browseData=1&Keyword=0&SearchLogic=%26Logic%3D%26S1%3DPOI1_1225%261POI1_1225%3D827

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 A good read Mark - Underground Halifax by Paul Erickson. He also wrote Underground Nova Scotia and Underground New Brunswick ... great books!



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cdnpont wrote:

Wow, what a treasure trove of an archive Mark. Thanks for the link. There are a bunch of CP nuggets in there as well, but I won't steal your find. I just spent about two hours in there, nice to see the city documented all those old wooden buildings and houses before they were likely torn down. Kind of sad, but many were on the verge of collapsing by the look of it. What history!


 Hey Mark (great name!), feel free to post whatever you find interesting there, I'm not laying claim to any of it.  Having grown up in the Halifax area, I always enjoy looking through the archives site - some of it I remember, some of it was before my time.

There were some significant structures lost, including some stone structures that dated back to the late 1700s/early 1800s, similar to some of the Historic Properties buildings.  Some, especially the wooden structures, were really badly degraded, though and probably needed to go.

The really sad thing is that whole neighborhoods were cleared out, and not replaced with anything substantial.  That's what really hits me when I look through the site - these were neighborhoods where people grew up and lived their lives, and suddenly it was gone within the space of 10 years...



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 A good read Mark - Underground Halifax by Paul Erickson. He also wrote Underground Nova Scotia and Underground New Brunswick ... great books!


 I have that book, Darryl, and you're right, it's a good one!



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Halifax 68

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There were some significant structures lost, including some stone structures that dated back to the late 1700s/early 1800s, similar to some of the Historic Properties buildings. 

The really sad thing is that whole neighborhoods were cleared out, and not replaced with anything substantial. 


When I first moved to Toronto (very early '80s) that was going on until they finally smartened up! I found it very disheartening.

Oh to be a forward-thinking salvager in those times.



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Whiskey Peddler- a 66 Beaumont with a 327/350 HP. Richard Ingram of Stratford, Ontario was the driver. Found this on Facebook via the "Colesy's Place" Page

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Interesting .  wonder if he owned the Whiskey Peddler after this 66?

 

http://www.canadianponcho.activeboard.com/t25271853/have-you-seen-the-whiskey-peddler/



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Man, what a sweetie. Think of the crowd that car would draw today looking like that.

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I bet someone wasn't happy with the crease in the door and rocker, along with the 2 -1/4 opening dings.

I somehow picture a wife coming home after shopping... "Honey, something just happened to the Pontiac"...



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If I owned that car today and it was still looking like that in it's original condition, I sure wouldn't fix it!

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Funny, my 60 Catalina had a similar crease and it was caused by a mishap the original owner's wife had!
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I bet someone wasn't happy with the crease in the door and rocker, along with the 2 -1/4 opening dings.

I somehow picture a wife coming home after shopping... "Honey, something just happened to the Pontiac"...


 



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Nice find!  Beacon Pontiac was where my dad worked from about 1965 - 1970 and was the reason I developed a love for Canadian Pontiacs (I actually have one of those dealer emblems somewhere in my stash, that I bought at a swap meet 25-30 years ago for a couple of bucks - I'm sure the seller had no idea how much that meant to me).  

I can still remember driving in some of the new Pontiacs with the new car smell that was much different (and better) than today's new car smell (strange, the things you remember).  The highlight form me was a new '68 Firebird 400 4-speed that forever cemented me as a 'car guy' when I was 4 years old.  I remember seeing the turned down taillights on the full size '68 and then the '69s for the first time, thinking they were really cool and different than any other cars out there.  I remember heading out for a drive on a nice summer's day in a new '69 Parisienne 4-door hardtop only to have the power windows stop working in a down position (blown fuse), which shortened the drive on that day.

I also remember Tommy Ivo's Wagon Master being displayed in the showroom when it was in town to run at the local Sackville dragway.

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The last new Pontiacs I remembered from Beacon were the beaked 1970's, as in 1971 the dealership became Beacon Datsun, much to my disappointment. The disappointment was short lived as it then became Chaisson Plymouth/Chrysler in 1973 or 74, before moving to Windmill Road at the base of the McKay bridge a few years later, becoming Twin Cities Plymouth Chrysler (where my dad moved to, and which helped me develop an appreciation for Mopars).  The old Beacon building became the home for Dartmouth Dodge, where it remained until sometime in the 2000s, when the dealership moved to the Woodlawn area.  Around 1976 my dad went back to another Pontiac dealership again where he remained pretty much up to his retirement.

The old Beacon building, along with the old Dartmouth rope works building next door (dating back to the mid 19th century... https://contrarian.ca/tag/dartmouth-rope-works/   http://thechronicleherald.ca/dcw/142128-excavation-for-new-wyse-sobeys-uncovers-stash-of-hydrocarbons) were both torn down in the last decade or so, to make way for a new Sobeys store and parking lot.

Here is the location on Google:  https://www.google.ca/maps/@44.6729129,-63.5826616,3a,75y,13.15h,94.22t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s5RLA2oCExfm_wbzR6tsesw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

If I'm not mistaken, the little stand-alone white, blue and green building in the parking lot is the original used car office dating back to the 1960s.  The walls were mostly glass back then IIRC.  If I can ever find a photo of the old dealership I'll post it here (I must have some pics somewhere...).

Thanks for stirring up those memories!



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MC wrote:

There were some significant structures lost, including some stone structures that dated back to the late 1700s/early 1800s, similar to some of the Historic Properties buildings. 

The really sad thing is that whole neighborhoods were cleared out, and not replaced with anything substantial. 


When I first moved to Toronto (very early '80s) that was going on until they finally smartened up! I found it very disheartening.

Oh to be a forward-thinking salvager in those times.


Halifax is still struggling with this, surprisingly, in 2018.  Significant historic structures are still being torn down to be replaced with generic glass and cladding buildings in the name of increasing density.

There has been a little progress recently, however, but we are far from being out of the crisis, and virtually nothing is considered sacred here, except the money of the developers...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/elmwood-hotel-renovation-construction-demolition-1.4500131

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/dennis-acadian-recorder-hansard-building-historic-halifax-province-ns-government-1.3878192

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/historic-building-in-halifax-being-torn-down-for-new-condos/article17840515/

http://thechronicleherald.ca/business/1457077-former-discovery-centre-being-demolished

https://halifaxbloggers.ca/noticedinnovascotia/2015/11/another-one-bites-the-dust/

 

There have been some positives, though:

https://www.thecoast.ca/RealityBites/archives/2016/06/15/green-lantern-building-gets-the-green-light-from-council

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/barrington-street-building-restoration-1.3562051

 

I'm optimistic that the situation will improve, but hopefully before we lose many more historic buildings...



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If I owned that car today and it was still looking like that in it's original condition, I sure wouldn't fix it!


 Yep, same here.

Also note that the car has full wheel covers and no whitewalls.  It's interesting that most of the restored fifties cars that you see at car shows have wide white walls on them but in reality many cars back in the day just had blackwalls...



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Especially here in frugal Canada. Whitewalls (esp wide whitewalls) cost more than blackwall. Dad would also try to buy "blems" which has cosmetic defects and were cheaper.

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Portland St., Dartmouth, NS, 1967

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