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Canadian Lock, Sault Ste. Marie, Canada

This image shows a view of the lock door for the Canadian Lock on the Canadian side of the Soo Locks.

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The description states:

THE CANADIAN LOCK

As seen from the observation deck of the Diesel operated vessel “Messenger”. Opened in 1895 by the Dominion of Canada, the Canadian Lock is 900 feet long, 60 feet wide, 17 feet deep with a lift of 22 feet. Cost $2,500,000. A majority of the passenger boats use this lock.

–The lock has been deactivated and is part of the Sault Ste. Marie Canal Historic District. At its construction, it was the first electrically operated lock in the world.

This card likely dates from the 1950s.

Empress Hotel, Victoria, BC Canada

This image is of the historic landmark hotel in the center of Victoria, British Columbia known and the Empress Hotel.

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The description states:

VICTORIA, B.C., CANADA

Flower baskets and Empress Hotel

–The hotel was completed in 1908, and currently has 464 rooms, and has passed through several owners over the century of operation.

This car was used and is dated 19 July 1963.

Franciscan Sisters Chapel, Quebec, Canada

This image shows nuns of the Franciscan Order in their chapel of Quebec City, Canada.

Librairie Garneau Ltd., Quebec

There is no description on the back of this card.

This is a typical black and white photo which has been hand colored to enhance it’s value in a time when color postcards were becoming more common and affordable.

With the decline in membership in such orders, this structure was no longer actively used and was abandoned in 1987. With the passing of time the chapel and adjoining convent building became less desirable, and in 2008 was under threat of demolition.

A recent photo of the location shows the building is intact in its current location, though adjacent land has indeed been developed as a condo complex.

This image likely dates from the 1940s.