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The focus of this week's Throwback Thursday post is Fisher Gauge! Founded in 1942, the company would go on establish a successful die-casting business and three seperate factories in Peterborough. This photo, of employee Wayne Johnson operating a Fixturblok machine, was taken at one of the factories in 1984. Did you, or someone you know, work at Fisher Gauge in the past? We'd love to hear from you! ... See MoreSee Less

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We're back with another great Throwback Thursday post! This week, we're sharing this photo of the A&P grocery store taken in February of 1960. It was located at 163-167 Charlotte Street, where the Wild Rock Outfitters store is today. For a time, there were two A&P locations in downtown Peterborough, this one and a purpose built building at 545 George Street in between London and McDonnel streets (which we shared a photo of a while ago). Did you purchase your groceries at this A&P back in the day? Share your memories in the comments down below! ... See MoreSee Less

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To commemorate Remembrance Day and the men and women from our community who fought for our country, we're sharing a special video featuring footage from our Milner collection of Home Movies. The footage was taken at a military parade in Peterborough, which we believe to be a Warrior's Day parade. Warrior's Day is meant to commemorate Canadian military victories with parades in different parts of the country, and involves currently enlisted soldiers, veterans, and other military groups. It takes place in August every year and has been happening since 1921. The footage of this parade was taken in August of 1941, at the height of the Second World War.

In the footage, participants in the parade cross the Hunter Street Bridge and make their way to the park in East City that is now known as James Stevenson Park (to the east of the Hunter Street Bridge, along the Otonabee River). At the park, speeches are made to a large crowd, in what is presumably a Warrior's Day ceremony. After the ceremony, participants in the parade walk back across the Hunter Street bridge and up Hunter Street towards George Street. At the very end of the footage, we can see military veterans and other groups walking up George Street past the YMCA, turning onto Murray Street, and walking towards the Armouries.

We're still trying to identify all of the groups of people that took part in the parade, but for now we can say that the following groups took part (in order of appearance):

- The Salvation Army Marching Band
- Another Marching Band, Possibly from the Navy
- The Peterborough Cadet Corps Band
- The Peterborough 2nd Armour Wolf Cubs
- The 5th All Saints Wolf Cubs and;
- The 10th Peterborough Wolf Cubs

If you recognize any of the people/groups in this video, please comment what you know down below, email us at admin@trentvalleyarchives.com, or call us at 705-745-4404. We could use your help!

We'd like to thank the McLean Foundation for making the transfer of this film footage possible. The transfer of this film footage was completed by Frame Discreet in Toronto. Without them, we wouldn't be able to show you the footage we're showing you today.

Credits:

Edited by: Madison More

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2 weeks ago

Trent Valley Archives

Because of COVID-19, many in-person Remembrance Day memorials will not be held this year. To ensure Remembrance Day and the brave men and women from this area who fought for our country are still commemorated, we've decided to launch a military heroes community photo album.

This album will contain pictures and accompanying stories that you send to us about the people in your family who served in the military. They do not have to be from the Peterborough area, although we expect some of them will be!

We will be accepting submissions from Wednesday October 28 to Tuesday November 10, and will be posting every submission we receive to this album. You can comment on our post about the project with your submission, message it to us, or email it to us at admin @ trentvalleyarchives .com

Although what you submit to us is up to you, you may want to include the following information with your submission:

- Name
- Place of Residence (Peterborough, or otherwise)
- Military Service Information (Regiment, etc.)
- Brief Description of Their Activities During the War
- Brief Description of Their Activities After the War
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2 weeks ago

Trent Valley Archives

Because of COVID-19, many in-person Remembrance Day memorials will not be held this year. To ensure Remembrance Day and the brave men and women from this area who fought for our country are still commemorated, we've decided to launch a military heroes community photo album.

This album will contain pictures and accompanying stories that you send to us about the people in your family who served in the military. They do not have to be from the Peterborough area, although we expect some of them will be!

We will be accepting submissions from Wednesday October 28 to Tuesday November 10, and will be posting every submission we receive to this album. You can comment on our post about the project with your submission, message it to us, or email it to us at admin @ trentvalleyarchives .com

Although what you submit to us is up to you, you may want to include the following information with your submission:

- Name
- Place of Residence (Peterborough, or otherwise)
- Military Service Information (Regiment, etc.)
- Brief Description of Their Activities During the War
- Brief Description of Their Activities After the War
... See MoreSee Less

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