Chambers’ Corner Revisited

Downtown Welland’s Ross Store in the 1960s, windows decorated for Christmas. (Photo by Bob Chambers)

By Bob Chambers

This is Chambers’ Corner ….. the occasional occupant of a corner of this blog, where Bob Chambers, an Evening Tribune photographer from 1957 to 1970, will present some of his photographs from that era ……

I’m still in awe about this view. Not that it’s a great photograph, but what it tells us now sixty years later. It was a time when names like: The Ross Company, Manners Camera store, Brit Phillips Shoes, Jimmy Marando’s Mens Wear, W. Clifford Healy Photography, Jantzi- Brown Motors, East Main Motors, Bowl O Rama, MacLean Motors, Harry Holcomb Shoes, The Blue Star, The Olympia, The Half Moon were well known local businesses …… Jeez, there must be a ton more.

Yes, “The Ross Store”, “The Ross Company”, “Ross’s” …. whatever you called it, it meant quality. A Harris Tweed sport coat, with leather elbow patches and cuffs that I bought there, lasted me well over 20 years.

Oh, about this photograph, Christmas season, mid-1960’s. Two exposures, not quite put together perfectly to make this panorama. Why didn’t I get shoppers on the sidewalk? Who knows. Maybe I shot it late at night to have less car traffic, so that standing on top of the traffic direction barricade, with cars roaring past on all sides at Main Street East and King Street, seemed much safer, well after rush hour.

Times have changed.

– Bob Chambers, Tribune photographer 1957-1970.

Comments are invited and appreciated by the photographer. You can comment directly on the site.

Editor’s note: Chambers’ Corner appeared on the blog a few years ago as a recurring feature, this submission in December, 2015. It is presented here unchanged. The series has been rebranded Chambers’ Corner Revisited and is appearing at the request of readers. It appears on the blog Wednesdays.

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2 thoughts on “Chambers’ Corner Revisited

  1. Ann Simunic

    The picture is great ;Thanks for the memories. Main Street was full of interest and colour. in the 1950’s. Itis too bad it can’t be revived. many good . stores and establishments gone. As a teenager I worked in the Woolworth store at the corner of Cross St and Main Street.

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  2. Stan Szymkow

    Great stores; great character. My favourite was Ernie’s Shoes. Always got that box of pink popcorn with the purchase. 😉

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