Below: Sept.28, 1965 - at the south-west corner of Queen St. and St. Lawrence Ave. was Boswell's gifts. To the right is seen an insurance sign, over a very narrow storefront that's probably not more than eight feet wide.
Above: same view, Feb.27, 2009.
Below: Oct.4, 1964 - continuing west, Boswell's is at the left; next is the narrow office, built into what was a laneway between the two buildings; next is a black-vitrolite-clad Winn's Drugs with an overhanging plastic Coke sign. Reflected in Boswell's storefront window is the image of Oscar's Italian Imports sign, which was across the street. Check out the cars parked along Queen in these shots!
above: Jun.4, 2009. Primer and finish coats being applied.
above: July 28, 2009. Facade painted. Interior front renovations underway. Three-panel glass corner and window to the left are covered with plywood.
below: heading further to the right (west) from the building above, the road in front becomes Valley Way here, as it wyes off Queen St. at this point. So, walking to the end of this block, you would be standing at the south-east corner of Valley Way and Buckley Ave.
On this corner, as seen in May, 1950, stood the cool Elsie's Lunch and Soda Bar. That's a place I would've liked to go for lunch! Although NFLA notes it was on Queen St., Elsie's was actually at 710 Valley Way. In 1945 it was run by M.L. Stoner; in 1955 by E. Stoner. above: Sept.2009 - the same view where Elsie's Soda Bar once stood.
To see the first post of this ten-part series on old downtown Niagara Falls, Ont., go to: Old Storefronts on Queen St., Part One
The older photos in this study are from the Niagara Falls Ont. Library Archives; the recent photos are by R. Bobak