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Then and Now shares historical photos and personal stories of past people, places, and events and connects them to their significance today. They are made possible through the continued support of Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home as part of our Community Leaders Program.


Guelph's Edward Johnson was the Justin Bieber of his day

Guelph's Edward Johnson was the Justin Bieber of his day

Public school, University of Guelph hall and University of Toronto music building named for famed tenor
Guelph rallied to pack wedding gifts for then-Princess Elizabeth

Guelph rallied to pack wedding gifts for then-Princess Elizabeth

City officials coordinated the collection of non-perishable food to be sent to Britain
The Queen's Guelph visit was a big deal, but I had no idea

The Queen's Guelph visit was a big deal, but I had no idea

At eight years old, columnist Ed Butts was more interested in seeing Tom Thumb
The night fire ravaged Downtown Guelph

The night fire ravaged Downtown Guelph

'For over three minutes the roar of the fire was accompanied by the racket of exploding rifle bullets and shotgun shells. It sounded like a World War II battle had flared up'
City council banned late night movies and more ... in 1945

City council banned late night movies and more ... in 1945

Council also regulated 'dens of feminine vanity' and ended dances in the city hall auditorium
Guelph's Ellen Jewell had ties to the anti-slavery movement

Guelph's Ellen Jewell had ties to the anti-slavery movement

Her grandfather was one of the most important figures in the abolitionist effort
Before refrigerators, the ice man cometh to your door

Before refrigerators, the ice man cometh to your door

Guelph suffered from ice shortage in 1944, forced to import from out of town
The year was 1864 ... and Guelph hosted the Queen's Plate

The year was 1864 ... and Guelph hosted the Queen's Plate

People had come from all over the province and the city’s hotels were full
Guelph woman was country's first female professional hybridist

Guelph woman was country's first female professional hybridist

Isabella Preston immigrated from England in early 20th century and joined Ontario Agricultural College
Shot down during Second World War, airman aided by resistance

Shot down during Second World War, airman aided by resistance

Gordon Stacey was taken in by a Belgian family, posed as someone who couldn't hear or speak