Old Windsor Postcards

September 24, 2011

Here are a few old Windsor postcards that I picked up at the Aberfoyle Antique Market a couple of months back. I’ve been able to confirm that the Detroit/Windsor tunnel postcard was printed in 1949, so the others are likely of a similar vintage. The first three cards really don’t require any explanatory text, but even longtime Windsorites might need a little help with the fourth (and last) postcard.

This last postcard shows the grotto (a “cave-like shrine”) at St. Mary’s Academy. St. Mary’s was constructed between 1927 and 1929 and then blown to smithereens to make way for a new subdivision in 1977. A few friends and I were playing football on the side lawn of my house when we looked up to see it implode. It was like watching some bullies trip an old man. Kind of pathetic. An ignoble end to such a majestic place.

My mother was a student at St. Mary’s back in the ‘40s, and she would tell my brothers and I of her and her friends’ attempts to outwit the Sisters. There are some great photos and more background information about St. Mary’s at http://www.internationalmetropolis.com/?p=96.

The grotto postcard is also the only one of the bunch that has writing on the back:

Hi Mom,

We finally landed. I really like this place. Wouldn’t mind living here. This is the grotto at St. Mary’s Academy. It’s clearly haunted by angry spirits who see the grotto as a sort of portal back into this dimension. Kind of creepy, but no place is perfect!

Lois

Okay, I made up the part about the angry spirits.

Thanks for dropping by!

Calvin

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