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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 Georgian International as part of our Community Leaders Program.


<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Bear welcomed customers at furrier's downtown shop

THEN AND NOW: Bear welcomed customers at furrier's downtown shop

Even in the 1950s, descendants of Simeon Simmons couldn't remember time when trademark bear wasn't out front
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Pop culture had strong presence in Barrie before fizzling out

THEN AND NOW: Pop culture had strong presence in Barrie before fizzling out

After becoming an authorized Canada Dry bottler in 1949, Albert Empke opened his new company at Innisfil and Brock streets
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Statenborough still standing tall on Peel St.

THEN AND NOW: Statenborough still standing tall on Peel St.

Built in the 1860s, it was once the home of millionaire William H. Wright, who died there in 1951
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Remembering the 'Grey Gables'

THEN AND NOW: Remembering the 'Grey Gables'

If you strolled along Mary Street between Dunlop and Ross Streets, you might think that not very much has changed in the past 100 years in this charming neighbourhood
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Barrie mayor, commodore called Carnoevar home

THEN AND NOW: Barrie mayor, commodore called Carnoevar home

Large Wellington Street property divided into lots long ago and neighbourhood has since grown up around distinguished old mansion
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Jewelry store once sparkled on Dunlop West

THEN AND NOW: Jewelry store once sparkled on Dunlop West

The jewelry business ran deep in the Williams family
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> 'Charming' Cumberland St. home withstood hurricane winds

THEN AND NOW: 'Charming' Cumberland St. home withstood hurricane winds

Award-winning seven-room home, which is now on Barrie's Municipal Heritage Register, likely built sometime before the 1880s
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Barrie's other bus terminal

THEN AND NOW: Barrie's other bus terminal

Terminal ran out of storefront on Collier Street from 1942 before moving to Maple Avenue in 1956
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Addie’s Confectionery on Essa Rd.

THEN AND NOW: Addie’s Confectionery on Essa Rd.

This pint-sized building remains a longtime and well-remembered part of Allandale’s streetscape
<b>THEN AND NOW:</b> Many have passed through Ernecliffe

THEN AND NOW: Many have passed through Ernecliffe

Ernecliffe remains as staple overlooking Kempenfelt Bay