Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Canadian Black Friday/Cyber Monday Weekend Sale!

CANADIAN Black Friday & Cyber Monday Weekend Sale!!

Save 70% off ALL of our books on our website from Friday Nov. 25 - Monday Nov. 28.

Don't miss this once a year opportunity to save BIG and start your Christmas shopping!

Friday, November 18, 2011

The Prints of Oakville - summer of 1969

Long before the marina was built, the Bronte lakefront was a very popular place! There was a nice sandy beach, with rows of cabins providing an escape from surrounding cities.

This picture from The Prints of Oakville, shows the crowded beach in 1969.

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Images of Burlington - Sky Club deck, Brant Inn

The Sky Club at the back of the Brant Inn opened in 1935. It became a popular dining spot and offered dancing under the stars.

This picture (from Images of Burlington) was taken looking to the east and shows the Toronto-Hamilton Highway - today's Lakeshore Road.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Salvage drive for war effort

In 1941, at the request of the federal government, Hamilton began to collect bones, fats and greases from householders. All the money made from the sale of this collection (after expenses were deducted) was to be donated to some war charity.

Glycerine, which is an essential component of cordite (an explosive) can be derived from fats and greases. The meat shortages during the early 40's meant less fat was being salvaged. Therefore, Hamiltonians were encouraged to save fat and grease so that it could be used in the war effort.

Pictured here, the Flying Tigers did their part to help by collecting fat and bones.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Lancaster bomber

Hamilton's Westinghouse employees were involved in building Lancaster bombers, such as this one featured in Hamilton at War: On the home front.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A look at Hamilton's war effort - Hamilton at War

Something amazing happened in Hamilton during the years of the Second World War.

That brief period of time from 1939 to 1945 saw the city and its people create something so special that it was unlike anything they had known before.

The entire population banded together to speed the road to victory.

Never before and never since has Hamilton been so focussed on a single goal. They worked together to win the war on the home front and they succeeded beyond their wildest expectations.

Hamilton at War re-lives that exciting time with stories and photographs of the people and places that made the city such a vital example of the best that Canada had to offer.

In honour of Remembrance Day, we will be posting photos from our book, Hamilton at War, showing Hamiltonians supporting the war effort from home.

This first photograph shows a cavalcade of war weapons along York Blvd. in 1941.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

Book Signings

The dates have been finalized for upcoming book signings for Gary Evans. Come out to local bookstores and book fairs in the Hamilton/Burlington area to meet Gary, purchase his books and have him sign them for you! Books from the Prints series and Memories of the Beach Strip will be some of the books he will be signing.

Nov. 4 - Coles Eastgate (3 - 5 pm)
Nov. 4 - Coles Limeridge (6:30 - 8:30 pm)
Nov. 11 - Head of the Lake Historical Society at the Coach House, Dundurn Castle (7:30 pm)
Nov. 12 - Waterdown Book Fair, St. James United Church, Waterdown (9:30 am - 3 pm)
Nov. 18 - Coles Eastgate (3 - 5 pm)
Nov. 18 - Coles Burlington Mall (7 - 9 pm)
Nov. 19 - Coles Limeridge Mall (1 - 3 pm)
Nov. 26 - Coles Limeridge Mall (1- 3 pm)
Dec. 2 - Coles Eastgate (3 - 5 pm)
Dec. 3 - Coles Burlington Mall (1 - 3 pm)
Dec. 17 - Indigo Heritage Greene (2 - 5 pm)

Please e-mail for more information.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Memories of the Beach Strip is now available!!

Memories of the Beach Strip is now available from our website! Be one of the first to get this unique new book on the Burlington/Hamilton beach area before it's in bookstores! Visit our website to order your copy at 30% off today!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Now taking pre-orders of Memories of the Beach Strip!

New book on the Burlington/Hamilton Beach Strip area to be released late Sept. 2011!

Save 30% by pre-ordering!!! Now on sale for $17.47 (reg. $24.95)

To pre-order your copy of Memories of the Beach Strip, please visit our website:

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

McMaster University Campus, 1947

This 1947 photograph shows what the McMaster University campus looked like before a building boom took place on the campus. Main St. run across the bottom of the photograph and King St. can be seen going part way through the campus. The Sunken Garden can be seen to the left, in a location that is now home to the McMaster Medical Centre.

Visit for more on The Prints of Hamilton.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Popular summer park

The Beach Amusement Park attracted a lot of visitors as shown in this July, 1958 photograph. As the Skyway Bridge had not yet opened, most of the traffic on the Toronto-Niagara route was diverted along the beach.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Beach Amusement Park

It's an empty field today, but for many years the Beach Amusement Park was located in this spot next to the Skyway Bridge in Burlington.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

One of the first cars in Burlington

This early Packard was one of the first vehicles in Burlington. The car was owned by one of Burlington's most distinguished citizens of the early 1900s, A.B. Coleman, owner of the popular Brant Hotel and the Brant Inn.

See our website for more information on The Prints of Burlington.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

King Street, Hamilton

King Street, looking west from Catharine St. The Waldorf Hotel, later the Royal Connaught, dominates this photograph taken in 1907.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hamilton's first television station

CHCH newscast rehearsal to see how the set designs register on camera just three days before the station went on air in June 1954.
Visit our website to purchase First Here and learn more about early television in Hamilton.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Skyliner Ride

This 1966 photograph shows the Skyliner ride at Van Wagners Beach, Hamilton. (click on photo to enlarge).
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Friday, April 15, 2011

Memories of Wentworth - Wentworth Courthouse

Built in 1929, the Wentworth County Courthouse was located on Main St. between John and Catharine streets. The building was demolished in 1956 and a new courthouse was built, but it is now used by McMaster University.
To find out more and to purchase Memories of Wentworth, visit our website at

Thursday, April 14, 2011

East End Incline

Built in 1895, Hamilton's East End Incline made 20,000,000 trips by the time it closed in 1936. The increase in popularity of the automobile meant the end of the incline railway. To learn more and to purchase Memories of Wentworth, visit our website at

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Aerial photograph of QEW/Maple Ave. area

QEW after the first phase of the Skyway Bridge was completed in 1958. Plains Road runs across the bottom of photograph and Maple Ave. is hidden underneath the row of trees. Mapleview Centre would years later be built where there once was an active market garden industry. To see more photos like this and to purchase Memories of Burlington, visit our website at:

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Hamilton Spectator story about Memories of Wentworth

Want to know more about what happened to Wentworth County?
Read the Hamilton Spectator story about our newest book, Memories of Wentworth:

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Friday, April 8, 2011

Brant Inn & Spencer Smith Park

1950s aerial view of the Brant Inn and Spencer Smith Park. The area to the left would later become Joseph Brant Hospital.

(click on picture to enlarge)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

We're on Twitter!

We're now on Twitter! Visit @Canadian_Books for updates on our books as well as to learn more about the Burlington/Hamilton area!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Valentine's Special!

Most of our books are already on sale for 30- 50% off the regular price on our website, but from Jan. 28th - Feb. 14th 2011, purchase a minimum of 2 books and you will also receive FREE SHIPPING!

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