708 Queen St. W. at Manning Ave.

Banner photo is of 708 Queen W in 2010. Photo by K Taylor.

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In 1901, this was the home of the N.B. Lander Drugstore and a branch of the Canadian Pacific Railway Telegraph Company.

Just as some drugstore chains today feature a post office, in 1901 you could pick up your camphor oil, buy a cigar and fire off a telegram to someone here. The Canadian Pacific Railway used the proceeds of the telegraph service to offset their construction costs.

For whatever reason this particular branch closed up shop and moved out, making way for Charles Foerster’s Provisions in 1903. Mr. Foerster enjoyed a lengthy run in this location, though I’m fairly sure he wasn’t the bright bulb that decided to brick up the lovely arched windows and paint the ground floor like a cantina.

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