Residence of Louis Northam, 1915
Description
Creator
Unknown, Photographer
Media Type
Image
Item Type
Postcards
Description
A black and white photograph of the residence of Louis Northam with two people standing outside on the lawn. Standing in front of the house are: Pearl Northam, Louis Northam and Ernest Northam.
Notes
This large frame house was built possibly as early as the 1840s on the west side of Brock Street, south of Victoria Street in Port Whitby (at 1518 Brock Street South). Whitby’s house numbering system was provided by Rev. Dr. James Roy Van Wyck (1877-1941), a retired Presbyterian minister. Van Wyck provided this service to the town, free of charge, during the Great Depression. By the summer of 1935, Whitby had a population of about 4,000 people and a house numbering system was needed. Prior to 1935, residences and businesses were listed in the telephone book with the street on which they were located. As well, there was no need for a house numbering system since all mail was picked up by local residents from the town post office. Under Van Wyck’s system, each block was numbered by a hundred. For instance, the first block south of Dundas on Brock Street was the 100 block; the second, the 200 block, and so on. Buildings on the west side of the street were given even numbers, while buildings on the east side were given odd numbers. On streets running east and west, even numbers were given on the north side while odd numbers were provided on the south. Van Wyck was careful to assign numbers for vacant lots between existing homes. Assigned house and business address numbers were published in the Whitby Gazette and Chronicle and a postcard was mailed to each residence in 1935 with the assigned house number and asking residents to please place this assigned number at their front door. Brooklin was given a house numbering system in the late 1960s or early 1970s, while Ashburn, Myrtle and Myrtle Station received a house numbering system in the 1980s or 1990s.
Date of Original
1915
Dimensions
Width: 6 cm
Height: 6 cm
Image Dimensions
Image Width: 6cm
Image Height: 6cm
Subject(s)
Local identifier
17-044-001
Language of Item
English
Geographic Coverage
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.85012 Longitude: -78.93287
Copyright Statement
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Reproduction Notes
Scanned from a copy negative.
Contact
Whitby Public Library
Email
WWW address
Agency street/mail address

405 Dundas Street West, Whitby, Ontario L1N 6A1

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Residence of Louis Northam, 1915


A black and white photograph of the residence of Louis Northam with two people standing outside on the lawn. Standing in front of the house are: Pearl Northam, Louis Northam and Ernest Northam.