An Edmonton Album: Glimpses of the Way We Were by Jo-Anne Christensen

By Jo-Anne Christensen

This album is a set of soft trips into Edmonton’s earlier - a time while a dime used to be all that was once had to see a film, and skated around the glassy floor of a frozen lake that's now gone.

These pictures illustrate many vital ancient occasions and adjustments in Edmonton, from its fur-trading beginnings via many years of great progress. in the course of the lens of a digicam we revisit infantrymen returning domestic from warfare; the 1st teach rumbling into city; the 1st university, clinic, and enterprise; the development of the Legislature and demolition of the unique castle; the desperation of the "Dirty Thirties"; and the luck of the preliminary oil boom.

More than 100 and fifty black-and-white pictures let us shuttle again in time to revisit Edmonton’s progress and its humans. via those pictures, moments in Edmonton’s prior are captured perpetually, wealthy with info that signify the period. An Edmonton Album is the city’s reminiscence - in pictures.

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COEAEA-10-283. " Jackson was, in fact, the first policewoman in all of Canada. This was considered so remarkable, Jackson's appointment was written up in newspapers as far away as Toronto (where they concluded that Edmontonian men must have been in short supply) and London, England (where the Daily Mirror described her duties as looking after "the morals and manners of Edmonton's young girls"). The Mirror's description was not far off the mark. Jackson was primarily concerned with cases involving girls and young women, and she served the police department in this capacity until her resignation in 1918.

Though the new province was united in the spirit of festivity, it would almost immediately become bitterly divided over the issue of the permanent capital. Edmonton and Calgary were the main contenders; Calgary's status as an economic hub was pitted against Edmonton's position as a busy northern gateway. In the end, partisan politics was to be the deciding factor. Alberta's interim premier was Alexander Cameron Rutherford, the leader of the provincial Liberals, who strongly favoured Edmonton. Perhaps even more influential was the federal Minister of the Interior at that time.

COEAA90-80. 63 Sow &clnuw£yn S$Mum /^Vne of the first large economic benefits Edmonton enjoyed as a result of winnin B essie Nichols was voted in as an Edmonton school trustee in 1912, thereby becoming the city's first woman elected to public office. Bessie Nichols, 1912. COEA EA-38-25.

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