Snapshot of History

Wellington and Ordnance Street, Kingston, in earlier times.

This photo comes out of the City of Kingston Planning Department records. It is one of a series of photographs which were taken to reflect two road maintenance issues: firstly, the state of “levelness” at road crossings of the traintracks that snaked throughout the industrial waterfront on that edge of town, and secondly, the general condition of the roads. Part of the seredipitous nature of working with archival material is that the original intention behind the taking of a photograph may not be the reason we are interested in the subject matter at a later date. Looking at this photograph today, we see the intersection of Wellington and Ordnance as occupying avery different role in the Kingston landscape of 50 years ago than it does in our current one

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