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  Saskatoon Through the Ages:
selected photographs from the Local History Gallery Shows
 
     
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  2016 - Saskatoon Slice
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  2016 - Saskatoon Slice

Bakeries have always been an essential part of the city's palate. The exhibition explores a slice of Saskatoon history through photographs of bygone bakeries. Join Local History in toasting this vital part of the city's past.more
 
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  2015 - Hair Story
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  2015 - Hair Story

The exhibit presents a tonsorial tour in photographs of Saskatoon’s early barber shops and beauty parlours. The collection has been combed for photographs of barbers and hairdressers, shaves and shampoos, clippers and curlers to chronicle a fascinating chapter in Saskatoon’s local hair story more
 
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  2014 - Streetcar City
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  2014 - Streetcar City

The electric streetcar was once the chief mode of public transit in Saskatoon. As early as 1911 the City had debated the need to have a public transit system. When the British company contracted to provide the City with a street railway was unable to exercise its franchise, Saskatoon undertook to build the street railway as a municipal enterprise. more
 
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  2012 - In Case of Fire
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  2012 - In Case of Fire ...

In April, 1898, a prairie fire swept in from the east, threatening the small collection of frame houses and shacks that Saskatoon consisted of at the time. In the fall, two more prairie fires would threaten the settlement. The October fire would destroy several stables and hay stacks, making the winter of 1889-90 a hungry one ... more
 
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  2011 - Saskatoon Souvenir
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  2011 - Saskatoon Souvenir

Many of the postcards in the collection of Local History were purchased by visitors to Saskatoon or by residents of the city to send to friends or relatives far away. In some cases, these postcards provide the only pictorial record of what early Saskatoon looked like. They form part of the almost universal desire to ... more
 
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  2010 - Home Delivery
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  2010 - Home Delivery

There was a time when everything from coal to groceries would be delivered to your doorstep. The milkman would bring your milk, the paper boy would deliver your newspaper, and the postman would drop off your mail, sometimes twice-daily. Congratulations or sad news from afar would come in the form of a ... more
 
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  2009 - At the Movies
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  2009 - At the Movies: a Photographic Exhibition

Revisit the movie theatres and drive-ins of Saskatoon’s past through photographs and captions from Local History. Photographic memories of theatres such as the Capitol, Daylight, Tivoli and Victoria remind us of an era that has almost completely vanished. Although sadly most of Saskatoon’s early theatres have ... more
 
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  2008 - Saskatoon on Parade
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  2008 - Saskatoon on Parade: a Photographic Exhibition

Photographs from Local History celebrate the parade. Through the decades, Saskatoon spectators have packed the city's sidewalks to watch and applaud parades. Whether annual events like the Traveller's Day, Children's Day or Labour Day parades, or special occasions such as a Royal Visit or soldiers departing for ... more
 
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  2007 - Campus Camera
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  2007 - Campus Camera: Celebrating the University of Saskatchewan

This exhibit features photographs portraying the rich and colourful history of the University of Saskatchewan, which began when the University Act of 1907 established a publicly-funded, independent institution of higher learning for the province. more
 
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  2006 - Saskatoon House and Garden
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  2006 - Saskatoon House and Garden: A Photographic Survery

Sod houses, boom-time mansions, wartime houses and suburban bungalows are all represented in this historical survey of housing in Saskatoon. Drawing from the extensive collection of historical photographs in Local History at Saskatoon Public Library, this exhibition examines various styles of domestic ... more
 
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  2005 - Blue Plate Special
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  2005 - Blue Plate Special: 100 Years of Saskatoon Restaurants

Going out for a restaurant meal has been a part of Saskatoon’s history almost since its inception. Although the Temperance Society forbade alcohol, dining out has long been a Saskatoon tradition. The Chinese, Greek and ethnic communities started eating establishments early on, in fact Saskatoon had a Chinese restaurant ... more
 
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  2000 - A Walk on the West Side
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  2000 - A Walk on the West Side: Remembering Riversdale

In 1903 the first settlement was established west of the tracks. Incorporated as a village in 1905, Riversdale followed the progress of the nearby town of Saskatoon and villiage of Nutana, who were already well on their way. It wasn't until 1906 that Riversdale, along with Nutana, became a part of the larger ... more
 
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  1995 - Dear Old Faces with Stories to Tell
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  1995 - Dear Old Faces with Stories to Tell: Buildings at Risk

In Saskatoon, venerable older buildings are disappearing at an alarming rate, although revered by longtime residents. Newcomers from the Old World have been heard to comment on the blandness of Canadian cities, which lack a tangible architectural record of their past. Imagine if the historic buildings in Paris, Rome, ... more
 
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  1994 - Town and Country
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  1994 - Town and Country: the Photographic Legacy of Dr. F. E. Wait

Dr. Frederick Elmer Wait was born October 4, 1897 in Arden, Manitoba. Following his schooling in Calgary, he graduated in medicine from McGill University in 1923. His medical career included nine years as assistant general practitioner and surgeon to Dr. Arthur Lynch (a prominent pioneer Saskatoon surgeon) followed by ... more
 
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  1993 - Keepers of the Hearth
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  1993 - Keepers of the Hearth: Enlargements of Vintage Photographs Depicting Domestic Scenes from Saskatchewan History

Domestic scenes constitute an oft-neglected aspect of Saskatchewan history as documented in photographs. And yet, they reflect the tenor of the times and the quality of existence, as do scenes of work, ... more
 
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  1992 - Saskatoon Through the Lens of Helen Schrader
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  1992 - Saskatoon Through the Lens of Helen Schrader

Helen Schrader made a unique contribution to the photographic history of Saskatoon, providing us with a fascinating and refreshing view of life in the early days of the city. Her intimate photographs are a valuable counterpoint to the professionally-posed portraits and street scenes of the predominantly ... more
 
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  1991 - Saskatoon Works
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  1991 - Saskatoon Works: Vintage Images of Saskatoon Men and Women at Work

Detailing the working lives of the people of Saskatoon, Saskatoon Works celebrates local employment and employers. These photos exemplify the communal effort and solidarity among Saskatoon’s workers as well as the pride and commitment we have for our work. In a province that has seen so many firsts in labour ... more
 
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  1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops
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  1990 - Saskatoon from the Rooftops: Vintage Overhead Scenes of the City

During the first few decades of Saskatoon’s history, residents were unaccustomed to seeing a city from the clouds. Then, our city’s tallest structures afforded the loftiest perspective of the fledgling city, resulting in photographs with an arresting view. As aviation developed, the vantage point soared and photos ... more
 
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  1989 - Greetings from Saskatoon
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  1989 - Greetings from Saskatoon: Enlargements of Tinted Vintage Postcards

The early decades of the century in Canada produced a profusion of postcards, which today form a valuable source of pictorial documentation of rural and urban scenes. The images in this exhibition are representative of the hundreds of postcards in the Local History collection. They were reproduced from actual ... more
 
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  1988 - Moments in Time
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  1988 - Moments in Time: Saskatoon Through the Lens of Leonard Hillyard

The Leonard A. Hillyard collection of photographs and negatives is a rich visual record of Saskatoon history. For six decades, from 1909 when he hired on for $2.00 a week as an assistant in a local photographic studio, until his retirement from the profession in 1974, Hillyard photographed people, places and events in the city. more
 
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  1987 - Remembrance of Things Past
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  1987 - Remembrance of Things Past: Saskatoon and Saskatonians 1883-1960

Social history is the focus of this sampling of some 90 images, all from the Saskatoon Public Library’s Local History collection. The photographs reflect the changing spirit of the times throughout the decades covered. Some are familiar images published in many sources; others are newly re-discovered ... more
 
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  show credits for the 1987-1995, 2000, 2005 and 2006 shows  
 

These displays have been made possible by:
 
 

Saskatoon Public Library       Government of Canada       Young Canada Works