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#1 Sparky

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 10:36 PM

We can discuss my telephone fetish another time, but for now I would like to start a thread for others to share what Victoria artifacts they might have tucked away. I picked this up a few years ago and stuck it in with the rest of my junk. I pulled it out a few days ago to see how it would look in it's final resting place and see what it needed for refinishing.

 

Low and behold it has a local phone number still visible in the center of the rotary dial. 

 

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I did a search on 411.ca but did not expect to find anything.

 

http://411.ca/search...0551&st=reverse

 

 


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Posted 03 February 2015 - 10:47 PM

We can discuss my telephone fetish another time, but for now I would like to start a thread for others to share what Victoria artifacts they might have tucked away. I picked this up a few years ago and stuck it in with the rest of my junk. I pulled it out a few days ago to see how it would look in it's final resting place and see what it needed for refinishing.

 

Low and behold it has a local phone number still visible in the center of the rotary dial. 

 

I did a search on 411.ca but did not expect to find anything.

 

 

What is the number, there couldn't have been that many numbers in use back then.

Anyone remember when there was only 5 digits to a Victoria phone number?


Edited by Bingo, 03 February 2015 - 10:48 PM.

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 10:50 PM

^ 384-0551



#4 Bingo

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 11:03 PM

^ 384-0551

 

I tried that number. Did it ring at your end?


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#5 David Bratzer

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Posted 03 February 2015 - 11:06 PM

^ 384-0551

 

Gotcha, Crystal Court Motel.


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Posted 03 February 2015 - 11:53 PM

Some sexy babes in the 1980 Sears flyer. Note the ordering instructions at the bottom for Port Renfrew residents:

 

 

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#7 Sparky

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Posted 04 February 2015 - 12:30 AM

^ Nice. Good prices. :) I had forgotten about Zenith toll free numbers. That was a particularly good one. I wonder if there was a brasserie page?



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Posted 08 July 2017 - 04:12 PM

I am not positive but this sure looks like an old rail line uncovered on Cook Street today.

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 04:14 PM

Was just looking at the old map and it looks like a piece of the old number 3 line.
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Posted 08 July 2017 - 04:16 PM

Would be a great place for a 21st century streetcar line.



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Posted 08 July 2017 - 06:31 PM

There are rail lines under the asphalt all over this city They find them all the time From Oak Bay to James Bay to Esquimalt.

When the rail was finished they just paved over it. There are still recent rails under store street in places too



#12 Bingo

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 09:31 PM

Was just looking at the old map and it looks like a piece of the old number 3 line.

The Spring Ridge Line. Leaves Government east on Pandora, left on Cook where it was double tracked then north to Caledonia, right to Chambers,left to Gladstone right on Gladstone to the end at Fernwood.


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#13 G-Man

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Posted 08 July 2017 - 10:23 PM

^So that is just one of four rails under there Bingo? I was pretty excited when I saw it.
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#14 Bingo

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 06:22 AM

I am not positive but this sure looks like an old rail line uncovered on Cook Street today.

 

It was only double tracked on Cook to allow returning cars to pass each other.

 

North Park is one of Victoria’s oldest residential neighbourhoods, and maintains its historical character of a diverse mixed-use community, bounded by Bay, Blanshard, Cook, and Pandora Streets. This is Victoria’s second smallest neighbourhood, after Harris Green, at one square kilometre or about 18 blocks. It is primarily a residential community, grounded by businesses, recreational facilities, and religious landmarks.The southern portion of the neighbourhood was built on Suburban Five-Acre lots, developed early; this area eventually became the business core of the neighbourhood. They were created as part of the HBC’s early town plans. These lots were not intended to be subdivided for residential use; however their proximity to the townsite contributed to their subdivision within a short period of time. The Colonistadvertised lot sales as early as 1864, and by 1872 only four of the 20 five-acre lots remained, while the rest had been subdivided into many small lots. Fire insurance maps from 1885 indicate the area had been developed fairly extensively.

In 1890 the electric streetcar line was brought into the area and this accelerated development.

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 06:24 AM

^So that is just one of four rails under there Bingo? I was pretty excited when I saw it.

 

There is an archive pic that show some being lifted away.

 

http://search-bcarch...treetcar-tracks

 

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#16 Bingo

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 11:42 AM

Looking south down Cook at Fairfield. The white house on the corner behind the people walking is still there. At the extreme left is the window awning of the corner store that is still there some 70 years later.

 

There is an archive pic that show some being lifted away.

 

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#17 Hotel Mike

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 02:14 PM

I think the white house on the opposite corner of Fairfield and Cook is also still there, is it not?


Don't be so sure.:cool:

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 02:34 PM

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 06:56 AM

Very cool photos as we live near there. :) Interesting to see the size of the chestnut trees...whose leaves clog up the drains every autumn.


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Posted 15 July 2017 - 01:15 PM

Would love to get a piece of the rail and spikes from that.


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