a picture speaks a thousand words,
then this issue is a veritable epic.
Annual Photo Issue
cameras eye freezes time, offering visible records of events
that might be lost forever. This special collectors edition
of The Times contains a visual history of people, places and events
that serve to define our times. Some are images that
have been long forgotten, some are treasured icons, all are memorable.
They may awaken long lost memories in some readers while enlightening
The catalyst for this unusual issue was our vast collection of fantastic
historical images donated by readers and local memorabilia collectors.
Beginning on page 9, we present some of the best. In addition, we
have reproduced several photos from the fine pictorial collections
published by local historian Michael Gladstone White in his three
books: Windsor A moment in time, Windsor Days Before
Yesterday, and Reflections of Windsor.
Some of the photos youll see on the following pages captured
people and events which occurred almost 100 years ago. These photos
allow us to travel back in time, to see what was once common place
but now seems extraordinary.
This issue contains no stories, other than those the pictures tell,
and those contained in the numerous letters received over the last
month. The volume of letters was overwhelming many over two
pages in length, complete with photos. We were unable to print them
all. Look for the surplus in our May issue.
Even though some photos in this issue are anonymous, they still
offer tantalizing clues to a by-gone age. (Do your family a favour
and start documenting your photos if possible.)
Perhaps you will recognize some of the forgotten faces that peer
out of this special issue. Perhaps you will even recognize yourself.
Please let us know.
Who is this child?
Walkerville resident Charlie E. Fox plucked this photo of
a little girl (or maybe its a little boy) out of his
vast collection of family photos. He has no idea who this
might be or even whether it is a relative, nor where it was
It is one of my favourite photos in our growing collection
of local historical images. I love the way the curlicues on
the chair echo the ringlets framing the childs face.
Judging by his/her clothes, it looks like it was taken sometime
around the turn of the last century. Perhaps a reader may
provide some clue as to who this child was.
Time for a Change
was inevitable. Our humble efforts to celebrate the past and present
of the community of Walkerville quickly generated interest in the
history of other parts of the city and the county. Consequently,
for the last two years, we have also been offering a variety of
stories documenting the life and times of Sandwich, the West End,
Riverside, South Windsor, Harrow, and other parts of the county
as well as our neighbour across the river. After much debate
and deliberation, we decided to drop Walkerville from our name.
We are now simply The Times. For those readers who have been with
us from the start back in March of 1999, rest assured, we are still
based in Walkerville and many of stories will continue to be about
this remarkable company town and its inhabitants, past and present.