Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The early days of automobiles in Westboro & Hintonburg!

My October column in the Kitchissippi Times was inspired by a photograph that was shared to me months ago by Andrew King, of the old "Westboro Garage" in a very early era. It's one of those almost-too-good-to-be-true kinds of photos that on first glance couldn't have been our Westboro, must be a Westboro from somewhere in the States. Nothing was recognizable in the photo. Through a bit of digging, I was able to confirm that indeed it was the original old wood building that stood on that spot on Richmond Road between Golden and Roosevelt, the precursor of the Westboro Motors that existed for many years. A rare and fantastic photo find. The photo actually originated with Mike Krzyzanowski, who had come across it at an estate sale a few years ago.

The photo led me into researching who the first auto mechanics, salesmen and even car owners were when the automobile first arrived. It would have been primitive days for everything from roads, to licensing and testing, to repairs and car sales. How interesting it would have been to actually live through that era! Well now, through the magic of a couple of old photos and a bit of research, you can experience a little bit of what was happening here in the first quarter of the 20th century, by checking out my column at the link below. Enjoy!