Lost Ottawa began as an experimental FaceBook community in February of 2013 where McGee posted archival photos and postcards and inviting the community to share their memories and comments. When Lost Ottawa was published in 2017, the community had reached approximately 42,000 members, had posted more than 8,000 pictures, and people had left more than 90,000 comments. An amazing tribute to what people value about past times — the buildings and events that evoke emotions in us — even for those of us who only recognize the new and think, ‘Wow, that’s what it was like back then’.
The first post, February 10th, 2013, showed the Chateau Laurier, the Post Office, part of Union Station, and what was then called Connaught Plaza pre-War Memorial, so circa.1930, 35. The post got 42 likes, 2 shares, and 12 comments. Quite a contrast to the way the plaza looks today.
The final post included in this book is of the inside of the Bayshore Shopping Centre when it still had fountains and statues (in the 80s) and received 2,002 likes, 645 shares, 248 comments, and 131,019 reached.
In between, there was the restaurants, street cars, famous signs, old mills, old ads, lost businesses, technological innovations and the rocket from the Museum of Science and Technology. It’s a walk down memory lane, a trip into the past, a sad comment on progress, and a veritable wealth of trivia. The conversations are interesting to read — lots of memories shared and comparisons made.
This is a delightful read, a book you can pick up anywhere and start reading or flip through until you find a picture that jogs a memory for you, take to the cottage, take to the beach, leave it on your coffee table or in the john. Visit the site or pick up the book. Available at Chapters. * * * * 1/2