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Title La France Textiles - Ruins After 1929 Fire (View from Dundas Street)
Date 1929/01 to 1929/02
Object Name Print, Photographic
Catalog Number 1988.82.37.4
Description Black and white photo with white border. The photo shows a building in ruins. The building is charred, has windows smashed out on the upper level and ice formation on lower levels. Through the upper level windows, a burned out interior and missing roof sections are visible. The center of the building has collapsed inwards. There is also a pile of rubble in the street in front of the building. People are walking around on the street in front of the building on its left and left. In the foreground is a man standing in front of a large billboard sign that reads "IMPERIAL PREMIUM GASOLINE". The sign is attached to the side of a white picket fence. There is a bicycle leaning up against the sign. To the left of the sign, near the street, is another sign that reads "GASOLINE". On the right of the image is a small building that has a sign on it that reads "CARS WASHED / DAY AND NIGHT SERVICE". There is a 1920s era car in the garage of the building. Above and behind the building, on the right side of the photo, is the bottom of a smoke stack. There is a stylized "E" visible at the top of the smoke stack. On the left side of the photo, above the roof of the building is another smoke stack. Stamped on the back in purple ink is "Photographed by Hayball Studio, Portrait and Commercial, Woodstock, Ont.". Handwritten on the back in pencil is "Donor Hayball Studios" and "Fire at La France Textiles".
Provenance This is a view of the La France Textiles Limited building located on the north side of Dundas between Beale and York Streets. This specific view looks north west from the corner of Dundas and Young/York Streets. The Dundas Street section of the La France Textiles building caught fire on January 19, 1929 and it was completely destroyed. The company erected a new building at the same location. In 2002, the Oxford Community Police Station and Swiss Chalet/Harvey's Restaurants are at that location (Harvey's became vacant at the end of 2001).
Year Range from 1929
Year Range to 1929
Photographer Hayball Studio
Medium Paper/Emulsion
Print size 19.6 x 24.8 cm
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Copyright Public Domain