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UPDATE: I think it's solved. OttawaStart reader David Adair (and several others) identified the building in the distance as the Dominican College at 96 Empress Avenue. David also asked his mother, who's familiar with the area, if she could identify anything else in the photo. She believes the smoke stack was once part of an old beer factory that stood near Albert Street. The other clue in the photo is the sign for Highway 17. Wellington Street was at one time known as Highway 17.
Based on those clues, I took a look at Google Streetview on Booth Street near Albert. It's not the same angle as the photograph but you can see the Dominican building in the background. I think the original 1941 photo was taken closer to Preston Street.
Jamie McCaffrey writes:
Good day. I was hoping to identify the location this photo was taken near central Ottawa (I believe) around 1941. It appears to be near a junction for Highway 17 - which is now the Queensway (Highway 417) - so that might make it a little difficult if the area is now under an overpass, but I'm hoping someone might recognize that building in the distance. A church? A school?Jamie adds some historical info about the photo:
"The soldiers are #1 Special Wireless Section and they're about to be deployed to England after months of training in Ottawa. They would be lucky to suffer few casualties during their time in Italy and later Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. They were praised by the commander of the British 8th Army in Italy as having provided key information on a counter-attack by German forces that allowed the allies to hit first and save the day. Very interesting times - but these fellows were more than happy to return to their lives of being teachers, public servants, store owners, judges, etc after the war. Their pre-deployment barbeque was attended by some bonifide Hollywood stars who were in Ottawa filming "Captains of the Clouds" One of the vets was all too happy to show me his dinner menu which was signed by all the stars, including Billy Bishop (who was a military adviser) and James Cagney."
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See also: Ottawa History Guide
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