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IN PICTURES: The Prince Edward Hotel in its prime

There are a large number of common photos of the Prince Edward Hotel, especially from when it had just opened, and from when it was closed.

But with a little research, it was possible to find some rarely-before seen pictures of the Prince Edward.

They are sorted into a few cateogries:

Click on any of those categories to be taken directly to those pictures, which are organized near-chronologically.

Many thanks to the staff at the SJ McKee Archives at Brandon University, the Brandon General Museum and Archive, and the Daly House Museum for their assistance.

Aerial and rooftop photos

(Above: The Prince Edward Hotel takes central billing in this 1913 panoramic photograph of downtown Brandon. The photo, used as the cover for a promotional booklet about the city, appears to have been taken from atop the McKenzie Seeds building — one of the few from that era that still remains standing in Brandon’s downtown. Click here for a much larger version. Photo by Davidson & Gowan / Courtesy Kenneth Jackson)

(Above: Old Brandon City Hall and a panorama of downtown Brandon looking east, as seen from the roof of the Prince Edward Hotel. Photo courtesy Kenneth Jackson)

(Above: An aerial photo of Brandon, looking at downtown from the southeast. The Prince Edward Hotel is near the centre of this photo, which was used as a postcard in the 1970s. Courtesy the Brandon General Museum and Archive)

(Above: The downtown Brandon skyline, seen over the Assiniboine River. The Prince Edward Hotel in right in the middle. Courtesy the Brandon General Museum and Archive)

Exterior photos in black and white

(Above: Downtown Ninth Street in Brandon, looking south towards the Prince Edward Hotel. From a "Brandon in 1913" promotional booklet. Courtesy Kenneth Jackson)

(Above: Crowds throng Princess Avenue in Brandon to see the Governor General of Canada, HRH the Duke of Connaught, during his visit to Brandon on Oct. 24, 1912. Note the people on the roof of the Prince Edward Hotel to catch a glimpse of the Governor General, including one man who was standing at the corner of the top-most ledge. Courtesy the SJ McKee Archives / Brandon University)

(Above: The newly-constructied Prince Edward Hotel, seen from the northeast. Photo by Davidson & Gowen, courtesy the SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: The Canadian Northern Railway depot, located between Ninth and 10th Streets, with the Prince Edward Hotel in the background. circa 1912. Photo by Davidson and Gowen, courtesy the SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: Brandon's City Hall around 1912, with the Prince Edward Hotel in the background. The photo was taken from the west side of Eighth Street looking west. Photo by Davidson and Gowen, courtesy the SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: The Prince Edward Hotel with a mixed (freight and passanger) CN train at the Canadian National Railways station. Undated photo courtesy the SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: A photo of the Prince Edward Hotel in Brandon. Note the streetcar track along Princess Avenue, as well as the "Keep Right" post as a traffic control device at the extreme right of the photo, in the intersection. This photo was probably taken in 1928, judging by the style of the license plate. The car also appears to be a '28 Cadillac. Brandon Sun file.)

(Above: View of the southeast corner of 10th Street and Princess Avenue, showing the Prince Edward Hotel (left) and an Imperial Oil Building (right) circa 1932. Fred McGuinness remembers that the second floor of the Imperial Oil building became the Imperial Dance Garden in 1934. The photo shows another small wooden post in the centre of the intersection, this one in a concrete foundation. They were sometimes called "silent policemen" and drivers were supposed to keep them on their left while making a left turn. They took quite a beating. Photo by Clark J. Smith, courtesy the SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: An early view of the elegant Prince Edward Hotel. Taken from a postcard booklet by the Photogelatine Engraving Co of Ottawa. Courtesy Peel's Prairie Provinces)

(Above: The Prince Edward Hotel in 1937. In the distance was City Hall. Photo by Sy Kenny, courtesy the Rod Kenny collection)

(Above: A motorcycle parked outside of the east side of the CN railway station, behind the Prince Edward Hotel. Circa 1940. Photo by George H. Harris, courtest the SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: An undated photo of the Prince Edward Hotel, seen from the east. Hoy's Photo)

(Above: This postcard, produced by Jerrett Photo, shows the Prince Edward Hotel, with Brandon's original City Hall in the background. It was probably taken in the 1940s. Brandon Sun file)

(Above: According to the photographer, it snowed continuously from Oct. 7–10, 1959, giving Brandon possibly the heaviest snowfall ever recorded in October — close to 40 inches. This photo shows the Canadian National Railway passenger train No. 6, with engines 1905 and 1906, in snow at the station. It has backed in to the Prince Edward Hotel. The train, travelling on an Edmonton-Regina-Winnipeg route, was running 10 hours late as an extra. Lawrence Stuckey / SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: The Prince Edward Hotel seen from the roof of the Alexandra Block, on 10th Street. Taken June 27, 1963. Photo by L.A. Stuckey / SJ McKee Archives)

Above: Another photo, taken the same day as the previous one (June 27, 1963), from the roof of the Alexandra Block. This one shows Princess Avenue looking east, including the Prince Edward Hotel, the old City Hall, and the Central Fire Station. LA Stuckey / SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: Brandon in 1968, seen from the roof of the Christie Building, looking looking southwest with Ninth Street in the foreground. LA Stuckey / SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: A closeup of the front of the Prince Edward Hotel in 1968. Brandon Sun file)

Exterior photos in colour

(Above: A postcard showing the Prince Edward Hotel shortly after its construction. This is a colour version of an identical photo, higher-up, but the background has been cropped out in the process of adding colour. Photo by Davidson and Gowan, from the Brandon General Museum and Archive.)

(Above: A colour postcard of the Prince Edward Hotel produced by the Photogelatine Engraving Co. Note the bunting on the hotel's front balconies. Courtesy Peel's Prairie Provinces)

(Above: A colour postcard showing the back of the Prince Edward Hotel and a passenger train in the station. Courtesy Kenneth Jackson)

(Above: An artist's rendering, likely based on a photograph, of the Prince Edward Hotel in Brandon. Taken from a "Souvenir of Brandon" booklet, published by Valentine-Black. Courtesy the Brandon General Museum and Archive)

(Above: An undated colour postcard of the Prince Edward Hotel. Note that it is still flying the Union Jack. Published by the Western Smallwares & Stationary Co., Ltd. Courtesy the Brandon General Museum and Archive)

(Above: A commemorative postcard that reads, on the back: "The Prince Edward Motor Hotel. Situated in the heart of Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. With excellent licensed facilities, we are prepared to serve you with a complete line of hotel services. Your hosts are Guy Laliberte and Tony Griffin. Stay at the 'Big One'." Courtesy the Brandon General Museum and Archive.)

(Above: Another undated colour postcard of the Prince Edward Hotel, this one distributed by the Brandon Magazine & News Co. Ltd. Courtesy the Brandon General Museum and Archive.)

Interior photos in black and white

(Above: The dining room at the Prince Edward Hotel. From the Winnipeg Saturday Post, June 15, 1912. Photo by Clark J Smith, courtesy the SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: The drawing room at the Prince Edward Hotel. From the Winnipeg Saturday Post, June 15, 1912. Photo by Clark J Smith, courtesy the SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: The royal suite of the Prince Edward Hotel. From the Winnipeg Saturday Post, June 15, 1912. Photo by Clark J Smith, courtesy the SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: The private dining room at the Prince Edward Hotel. From the Winnipeg Saturday Post, June 15, 1912. Photo by Clark J Smith, courtesy the SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: The rotunda of the Prince Edward Hotel. From the Winnipeg Saturday Post, June 15, 1912. Photo by Clark J Smith, courtesy the SJ McKee Archives)

(Above: The bar room at the Prince Edward Hotel, in 1913. Courtesy the Archives of Manitoba)

(Above: Another view of the rotunda at Prince Edward Hotel. Courtesy the CN Images of Canada Gallery / Canada Science and Technology Museum)

(Above: The dining room at the Prince Edward Hotel. Courtesy the CN Images of Canada Gallery / Canada Science and Technology Museum)

(Above: Another view of the dining room of the Prince Edward Hotel. Jerrett Photo, courtesy the Library and Archives Canada, where it is misidentifed as the hotel's lobby)

(Above: The drawing room at the Prince Edward Hotel. Courtesy the Archives of Manitoba)

(Above: The rotunda at the Prince Edward Hotel. Courtesy the Archives of Manitoba)

(Above: Another view of the rotunda at the Prince Edward Hotel, this one dated to 1920. Courtesy Peel's Prairie Provinces.)

(Above: Brandon College arts graduation dinner, in 1935, held at the Prince Edward Hotel, in the dining room. SJ McKee Archives / Brandon University)

Interior photos in colour

(Above: The private dining room of the Prince Edward Hotel. Source unknown.)

(Above: A postcard of the billiard room at the Prince Edward Hotel, circa 1915. Courtesy Rob McInnes / Manitoba Historical Society)

(Above: A postcard of the drawing room in the Prince Edward Hotel, circa 1915. Courtesy Rob McInnes / Manitoba Historical Society)

 

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