The Oldest Ambulance in Ontario, a Walk With History, and Young Love.

Friday is upon us again, I hope everyone enjoys their weekends! Here is only a small portion of the great content that has gone up recently:

Pin of the Week

The Oldest Surviving Ambulance in Ontario, 1908.

Pin of the Week is from Owlinink, of the oldest surviving ambulance in Ontario, Canada. This is the original ambulance used in the oil town of Petrolia, and was built in February 1908 by the Petrolia Wagon Works Company and was used until it was replaced with a motorized ambulance about 1919. The men working in the oil industry surrounding Petrolia were particularly vulnerable to injury with their dangerous occupation, and the ambulance was often dispatched into the oil fields around town to retrieve injured workers and transport them in relative comfort.

In 2008-2009 the Paramedics of Lambton County EMS raised the funds to give the hundred year-old ambulance a proper restoration, and it is now on display at the Lambton Heritage Museum.

The ambulance today.

According ambulance’s website, “Preservation of this ambulance has now ensured that the citizens of Ontario and all of Canada will be able to see how the sick and injured were brought to hospital so many years ago.” This is a great effort to preserve a piece of history that is now available for the community to see. To learn more about the ambulance and its restoration, visit http://www.horsedrawnambulance.com

Pinner of the Week

Neuman's Market Building, 1950.

Pinner of the Week goes to Walk With History, who have pinned some great photos and stories of historic downtown Kennewick, Washington. This compilation, together an effective walking tour, is a collaborative effort amongst the Digital Technology and Culture Program at Washington State University, the City of Kennewick, the East Benton County Historical Museum and the Historic Downtown Kennewick Partnership. Each building photo has a lovely nostalgic story to go along with it, such as the one above: “Historical records showed that back in the day pricing for grocery items (at the Market) were: coffee $1.00/lb., pancake flour $0.49/lb., and bulk macaroni noodles $0.29/lb. No double coupons necessary!”

Cox Building, 1950. Opened for 41 years and associated with important civic leaders.

Kennewick Transfer Building, 1915. Owned by the mayor at the time, who eventually had to relocate due to financial difficulties in the town.

I like how what at first seems like a mere photo of a building makes way for wonderful anecdotes about the people and culture the make-up community life in a small American town. Experience them for yourself at Walk With History’s Channel here.

 Story of the Week

Young Love, July 1948.

Story of the Week is a nice vignette from Kerr and Porter Family Histories. Heather Acton, daughter of Bob and Betty Porter Kerr of White Bear, Saskatchewan, has pinned this wonderful photo of her parents when they were dating in 1948. Taken at Clearwater Lake, Saskatchewan, the photo is such a nice snapshot of a meaningful family memory. Bob and Betty are learning against the round dancehall that used to be right at the beach, and are about 16 or 17 in the photo. Heather writes that they saw their 50th wedding anniversary in 2002, a wonderful milestone. Here we get to see where it all began!

If you have any memories of your parent’s while they were dating like Heather’s, we’d love to see them pinned and tweeted about.

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