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  • Copper bus brass insulators, Berlin hydroelectric station
    Image       Reverse: Berlin showing copper bus brass & insulators. General Electric
    Image     Reverse: Berlin showing copper bus brass & insulators. General Electric
  • Spare transformer in the hydroelectric station, Berlin, Ontario
    Image       Reverse: Spare transformer, Berlin. General Elect [sic]
    Image     Reverse: Spare transformer, Berlin. General Elect [sic]
  • Last hydro tower erected before Niagara hydroelectric power arrived in Berlin, Ontario.
    Image       Reverse: Erecting a tower in the snow [the phrase "at London ONT" has been stroked out] - last one before power could be brought into Berlin
    Image     Reverse: Erecting a tower in the snow [the phrase "at London ONT" has been stroked out] - last one before power could be brought into Berlin
  • Automobiles and pedestrians in front of Twin City Repair Shop, Berlin, Ontario
    Image       Reverse: If reproduced, please credit Ontario Hydro, Photography Section, Graphic Dept., Information Div. Neg. No.: F716, Date: [blank]
    Image     Reverse: If reproduced, please credit Ontario Hydro, Photography Section, Graphic Dept., Information Div. Neg. No.: F716, Date: [blank]
  • Switchboards in Berlin hydroelectric transformer station
    Image       Reverse: Berlin switchboard. Recording AF and Recording VV all meter on each feeder [sic]. General Electric.
    Image     Reverse: Berlin switchboard. Recording AF and Recording VV all meter on each feeder [sic]. General Electric.
  • Hydroelectric station, Berlin, Ontario
    Image       Black and white photograph of the hydroelectric station on Factory Road in Berlin, Ontario. The photograph is dated about 1910.
    Image     Black and white photograph of the hydroelectric station on Factory Road in Berlin, Ontario. The photograph is dated about 1910.
  • Preston hydroelectric station
    Image       Reverse: Preston s/s 7 miles from Berlin showing towers taking the strain of the wire 110,000 volts.
    Image     Reverse: Preston s/s 7 miles from Berlin showing towers taking the strain of the wire 110,000 volts.
  • J.C. Breithaupt and Premier Whitney in an open carriage, Berlin, Ontario
    Image       Reverse: If reproduced, please credit Ontario Hydro - Photography Section - Graphic Department, Information Div. Neg No. F717
    Image     Reverse: If reproduced, please credit Ontario Hydro - Photography Section - Graphic Department, Information Div. Neg No. F717
  • Miss Ontario, Hilda Rumpel
    Image       Reverse: If reproduced, please credit Ontario Hydro, Photography Section, Graphic Dept., Information Div. Neg. No. F715
    Image     Reverse: If reproduced, please credit Ontario Hydro, Photography Section, Graphic Dept., Information Div. Neg. No. F715
  • Oil switches in hydroelectric station, Berlin, Ontario
    Image       Reverse: Berlin in course of construction. Oil switches.
    Image     Reverse: Berlin in course of construction. Oil switches.
  • Charlie Sheppard, operator at the Berlin hydroelectric station
    Image       Front: On of the first "staff pictures", this was taken as a routine record in the Berlin Station on March 8, 1911. The handsome young operator is Charlie Sheppard.
    Image     Front: On of the first "staff pictures", this was taken as a routine record in the Berlin Station on March 8, 1911. The handsome young operator is Charlie Sheppard.
  • Hydroelectric transformer station, Factory Road, Kitchener, Ontario.
    Image       Front: Kitchener Transformer Station, 1917
    Image     Front: Kitchener Transformer Station, 1917
  • Man and hydroelectric generator
    Image       Reverse: This is getting up against the big stuff.
    Image     Reverse: This is getting up against the big stuff.
  • Ontario Hydro "For the People" sign in Berlin, Ontario
    Image       Black and white photograph of the electrified "For The People" sign across King Street in Berlin, Ontario, marking the arrival of hydroelectricity in Berlin on 11 October 1910. Strings of light are visible going down King Street and a sign reading "Drugs" can also be seen.
    Image     Black and white photograph of the electrified "For The People" sign across King Street in Berlin, Ontario, marking the arrival of hydroelectricity in Berlin on 11 October 1910. Strings of ...
  • Ontario Hydro "For the People" sign illuminated at night in Berlin, Ontario
    Image       Black and white photograph of the illuminated "For the People" sign at night in Berlin, Ontario on 11 October 1910, marking the arrival of hydroelectricity in the city. The sign was erected across King Street.
    Image     Black and white photograph of the illuminated "For the People" sign at night in Berlin, Ontario on 11 October 1910, marking the arrival of hydroelectricity in the city. The sign ...
  • Hydro power celebration, Berlin, Ontario
    Image       Front: Hydro Power [sign across King Street] Reverse: Post Card
    Image     Front: Hydro Power [sign across King Street] Reverse: Post Card
  • Charlie H. Sheppard at the hydroelectric station, Berlin, Ontario
    Image       Reverse: Do you recognize yourself & station in this card. W.H. Fraser. [addressee] C.H. Sheppard, Esq., Hydro Elect Station, Berlin. [postmark] St. Mary's [date indecipherable].
    Image     Reverse: Do you recognize yourself & station in this card. W.H. Fraser. [addressee] C.H. Sheppard, Esq., Hydro Elect Station, Berlin. [postmark] St. Mary's [date indecipherable].
  • Procession celebrating the arrival of hydroelectric power in Berlin, Ontario
    Image       Black and white photograph of the procession down King Street, from the Canadian National Railway station to the Queen Street South auditorium, on the occasion of the turning on of hydroelectric power in Berlin, Ontario, on 11 October 1910. The procession of cars can be seen passing the Walper Hotel ...
    Image     Black and white photograph of the procession down King Street, from the Canadian National Railway station to the Queen Street South auditorium, on the occasion of the turning on of ...
  • Berlin, Ontario, illuminated by Niagara hydroelectric power on 11 October 1910
    Image       Reverse: Official turning on of hydro power, Berlin, Oct. 11, 1910 #4712 60 line [undecipherable] noon [undecipherable]
    Image     Reverse: Official turning on of hydro power, Berlin, Oct. 11, 1910 #4712 60 line [undecipherable] noon [undecipherable]
  • Hydroelectric transformer station
    Image       Reverse: Berlin. Horn gap tower that is the spark gap for the lightning 10. General electric"
    Image     Reverse: Berlin. Horn gap tower that is the spark gap for the lightning 10. General electric"
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Niagara Hydroelectric Power Arrives in Berlin


This collection of photographs marks the 100th year anniversary of the arrival of Niagara hydroelectric power in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario on 11 October 1910. Berlin was the first municipality to receive Niagara generated hydroelectric power in Ontario.