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  • 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.
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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
  • 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 ...
  • 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].
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Hydroelectric transformer station, Factory Road, Kitchener, Ontario.
    Image       Front: Kitchener Transformer Station, 1917
    Image     Front: Kitchener Transformer Station, 1917
  • 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.
  • Man and hydroelectric generator
    Image       Reverse: This is getting up against the big stuff.
    Image     Reverse: This is getting up against the big stuff.
  • Hydroelectric transformer station, Berlin Ontario
    Image       Reverse: Berlin. And your humble servant. HT on left. LT on right and telephone. Note the length of the HT insulators comparing with my [emphasis added] body.
    Image     Reverse: Berlin. And your humble servant. HT on left. LT on right and telephone. Note the length of the HT insulators comparing with my [emphasis added] body.
  • Transformers in hydroelectric station, Factory Road, Berlin, Ontario
    Image       Reverse: Berlin transformers. Themometer [sic] in front on top.
    Image     Reverse: Berlin transformers. Themometer [sic] in front on top.
  • 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.