A Voice In The Desert - Port Maitland - Main Street Post Cards


Thanks to Bryan Smith
This has no date on it, but is a good photo of the house two north of the corner on the east side of the road. It had been owned by Captain Percy Crosby and was used as a parsonage by the Wesleyan Church until 1954, when Henry Churchill bought it, and has recently been purchased by Howard Snow. There is a boy pulling a cart with what is probably a younger sibling in it.

Thanks to Bryan Smith
This postcard is on main street, looking north, taken from the roof of the Ellis House. It shows a bird's eye view of the street, with the roof of the house nearest to it in the foreground. That house is still standing. This is a unique view, and even shows what is now the Wesleyan Church and the existing houses on both sides of the street.

Thanks to Bryan Smith
This postcard is on main street, looking north, taken very near the front of the Ellis House. It is postmarked 1910 and shows the houses on the west side of the street quite well, with Beaver River in the far background.

This is a postcard (I have seen another dated 1914, this one is 1929) looking south on main street (Highway # 1 ) towards "the corner". The top of the Ellis House can be seen on the left side of the road and the corner stores. The main street disappears into the distance and Maitland House can just be made out on the right side just about where the distant trees begin.

This is an 1920's postcard looking across the main street (Highway #1) to the Ellis House. This hotel had many rooms, a one hundred seat dining room and its own change houses located at the beach.

This is an 1920's postcard looking diagonally across the corner to the Ellis House showing its large veranda and wing as well as the deck on the roof which one could walk around and see for miles. The Ellis House burned on October 24, 1924.


Thanks to Bryan Smith for this photo
This is an 1920's postcard looking diagonally across the corner to the Ellis House showing much the same as the previous shot, showing a flagpole on the right side of the photo. The Ellis House burned on October 24, 1924.

This is an 1920's postcard looking diagonally across the corner to the Ellis House showing the complete wing as well as the first house on Hector Street on the right and the house on the left which would be on south of it on the main road. The Ellis House burned on October 24, 1924.

This is an 1920's postcard looking Directly across the main road to the Ellis House. The ox cart may have been used to ferry customers back and forth from the beach. Several locals seem to be just enjoying the scene. The Ellis House burned on October 24, 1924.

This is an 1908 Dominion Day (July 1) celebration with the flags and arch across the Main Street. The signs on the left say Curries Ice Cream Parlor - Foreign and Local Postcards. Other stores can be seen as well as a nice view looking south.

This is an 1908 Dominion Day (July 1) celebration with the flags and arch across the Main Street. This is the reverse view of the previous photo.

This is assumbed to be the 1908 Dominion Day (July 1) celebration. I cannot seem to place this photo, although it seems to be near the front of Maitland House. The poles are on the left in the photo, so it must be looking south.

Multi scene thanks to Wilfred-
Upper left is the beach with long skirted ladies sitting on the rocks on the beach, obviously a year that the beach had many rocks and very little sand.
Upper right is a scene that we see later as its own card Main Street looking south from the corner.
Lower left is similar to another later card Main Street from the church looking north.
Lower right is a beach scene note the people swimming halfway out the wharf. This is the north wharf with the end of the south wharf and the lighthouse showing. Note the swimming costumes of the ladies in the forground.

AVB Bingay's store, postoffice, gas pumps, and home thanks to Darrel McNally of Nanton, Alberta. He saw my site and asked what I knew about this card. The post mark is February 25, 1934 and was sent by Stanley Ellis. This is located on the main corner of the village, with Cove Street showing in this photo. Mr. Bingay was post master for many years as well as a local merchant and business man. The post office was on the left on this card with the store in the right half of the building and his home on the upper floor. This building has now been made into four apartments and looks very much the same as it did then, minus the gas pumps.

In this postcard can be seen Main Street, with the first building on the left being the old store that burned. The second building also burned. Just beyond the trees on the left can be seen the store that was later moved to replace the first building on the left. The Maitland House sign can be seen on the right as well as the Methodist Church in the distance on the left.

Thanks to Bryan Smith
This is a leather post card no postmark, but does have a small image of the Port Maitland as seen on the previous postcard. I thought it was an interesting addition.

Thanks to Bryan Smith
In this postcard can be seen Main Street looking south, with the first building on the left being a store marked J E Goudy, then another store obscuring the next house, then a few other houses. This comes complete with a man posing and another on a bicycle. Bryan has one, real photo (black and white) postmarked 1914 and published by A. V. B. Bingay.

In this postcard can be seen Main Street, with the first building on the right being Maitland House and the forth being Saltair Lodge with the United Baptist church being seen further down the road. I have seen one postmarked 1909. A bench can be seen on the verandah of Maitland House, for seating. This was a stage stop at this time.
Update December 6, 2010 The Maitland House has just been declared a heritage property. Maybe this will be encouragement for others to seek this designation for their properties in the village.

Thanks to Bryan Smith
In this postcard can be seen Main Street looking south postmarked 1917, with the second building on the right being Maitland House. The bench can be seen on the verandah of Maitland House, for seating.
Update December 6, 2010 The Maitland House has just been declared a heritage property. Maybe this will be encouragement for others to seek this designation for their properties in the village.

In this postcard can be seen Main Street, from the belfrey of the United Baptist Church, showing the corner in the distance. Note the store fifth on the right side, close to the road. Saltair Lodge is the second house on the left. This is postmarked 1907 and had to be taken before the Ellis house was built.

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In this postcard can be seen Main Street, from the belfrey of the United Baptist Church, showing the corner in the distance. Note where the store is, it had been moved to the corner later after a fire destroyed the original store at the corner. The Ellis house tower can be seen in this postcard. I have seen one like this postmarkes 1908.

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Thanks to Bryan Smith
In this postcard can be seen Main Street looking north from the United Baptist Church at street level, showing the corner in the distance. This card is postmarked 1912 and has a different view from most in the area

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This is Main Street looking North from around the IOOF Hall in the early 1940's. The cars are probably at the church. The corner can be seen in the distance.

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This is Salt Air Lodge, one of many lodges in Port Maitland in the early 1900's. This is located the third house on the left side in the looking north toward the corner taken from the belfrey of the church. It was later a private home, that housed the telephone office in one room, and is now a private home.

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This is a multiview of the Bay View United Baptist Church, Parsonage and Pastor, Rev A J Prosser. He was pastor of this church from 1906 to 1909.


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This is a multiview of the Bay View United Baptist Church, Parsonage and Pastor, this pastor being unknown. The trees are much taller than the previous card, so this is assumed to be later, also the roof trim now matches the roof colour of the church. The pastor is probably E S Mason, who pastored the church from1909 to 1915.


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Thanks to Bryan Smith
This card is probably of the same era as the last, judging by the tree size. The corner of Ford's Store can be seen in the extreme left of the photo, this later burned in 1949. This is probably in the 1910 era.

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This is the IOOF Hall on the east side of Main Street.the first house on the right side burned around 1910. This card is clearly post marked 1915, so the photo must be older than the post mark indicates.

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This is the Methodist Church, also know as the Wesley Methodist Church or the United Church(in 1925). The church was torn down in 1969. The bell was given to the United Baptist Church in Pleasant Lake and the pulpit, which formerly belonged to the Darling's Lake Methodist Church, was presented to the Port Maitland Wesleyan Church, where it still remains in use. This was located on the east side of Main Street (Hwy 1) a few houses south of the IOOF Hall in the previous picture. the property now belongs to the house on the south side of where it once stood and is currently a lawn of that property.

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Thanks to Bryan Smith
This card is what was the residence of H. H. Perry and the United Baptist Parsonage and is postmatked 1911. Bopth homes are now a private residences.

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Thanks to Iris "Mickey" (Outhouse) Johnson and Crystal (Outhouse) McDormand
The photo is a little scratched; but, a rare find. This is the house that was the home of Edison Outhouse and family...until the mid to late 1950's. It sat on a hill, on the main road, and what was then, the corner of the Richmond Road. The Outhouse Family moved to the Shore Road, almost across the street from the Port Maitland fire hall and this house was torn down and the hill flattened to make room for...

....AND NOW..The School
This photo was taken from a much further distance...showing the Main Road. I would estimate that the hill was as tall as the roof of the school.

This is the old school house, probably taken around 1920, but remained much the same until replaced by the existing school. This was a four room school, handling up to grade 8, in the 1950's. The bell above the door came from an ill-fated ship the "Happy Home" wrecked off Port Maitland in 1881.

Thanks to Bryan Smith
This is a private photo of the old school house, nice old sepia print.

Photograph of house, circa 1900, just south of the Quaco and Richmond roads, thanks to Doris Mercer (Crosby)...following is her description, I thought I could not improve upon it at all!!! I have added the names in brackets.
The house itself has not changed much....trees are mostly gone....and after Mum (Lena) passed away (5 years this May, 2008) it was a Senior's home (so steps - fire escape) had to be built on the back....today it is again a family home. The trim on the windows and doors are now a brownish colour, rather than the white. My parents (Robert and Lena Crosby) purchased the house after they were married (August 1939), before I (Doris) was born 1941, from Mr L. Goudey (who I knew as Gramps). He lived with us until a couple years before his death. As a young child I would go with him when he "peddled" vegs from his wagon. Oh the "good old days".

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