With photo files from Charles Dobie
The photos on this page were found in the same envelope and were purchased at a flea market in Smiths Falls, Ontario, summer of 2004. None of the people are identified, and indeed, the only identification is the “Russell Restaurant” sign. The people standing in front of the restaurant are obviously members of the staff, and the man in the suit (second photo) must be the owner.
The sale of wine and beer in the restaurant surprised me – didn’t Canada have prohibition?
CLIPPED FROMThe Ottawa CitizenOttawa, Ontario, Canada07 Apr 1921, Thu•Page 9
So years ago I documented these photos thinking similar to Charles Dobie— it was from Russell, Ontario, but no, it was not from Russell. There was a Russell’s Restaurant from Owen Sound, Ontario but not much else. The more I searched, the more I found nothing and I just…
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