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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.

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Hydro power celebration, Berlin, Ontario 
Image  11 October 1910  Black and white photograph postcard of King Street at the corner of Benton St., in Berlin, Ontario, when hydro-generated electrical power in Ontario was first turned on. The ceremony was held on 11 October 1910. Berlin was chosen for the ceremony as the concept of Ontario Hydro was initiated by...
Hydroelectric transformer station, Berlin Ontario 
Image  1910  Black and white photograph of the hydroelectric transformer station located near the corner of Factory Road and Wilmot Street in Berlin, Ontario. Small hydro towers can be seen in the foreground. A man is standing beside a tower on the right, in front of the building. Factory Road has been renamed...
Transformers in hydroelectric station, Factory Road, Berlin, Ontario 
Image  1910  Black and white photograph of transformers in the Factory Road hydroelectric station in Berlin. A small thermometer can be seen on top of the transformer on the left. Factory Road is now West Avenue in Kitchener, ON. Reverse: Berlin transformers. Themometer [sic] in front on top.
Procession celebrating the arrival of hydroelectric power in Berlin, Ontario 
Image  11 October 1910  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...
Hydroelectric transformer station 
Image  1910  Black and white photograph of the hydroelectric transformer station on Factory Road, Berlin, Ontario. A partial view of the station can be seen on the left. To the right, hydro towers line the yard. Factory Road is now West Avenue in Kitchener, ON. Reverse: Berlin. Horn gap tower that is the spark...
Berlin, Ontario, illuminated by Niagara hydroelectric power on 11 October 1910 
Image  11 October 1910  Black and white photograph of King Street, Berlin, Ontario, on the evening of 11 October 1910, which was date of the official turning on ceremony for the arrival of Niagara hydroelectric power in town. The street is lit by strings of electric light bulbs. The illuminated "Hydro Power" sign,...
Preston hydroelectric station 
Image  1910  Black and white photograph of the Preston, Ontario hydroelectric station. Transmission towers can be seen in the foreground. The Preston hydroelectric station was located seven miles from Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario. Reverse: Preston s/s 7 miles from Berlin showing towers taking the strain of...
Hydroelectric station, Berlin, Ontario 
Image  1910  Black and white photograph of the hydroelectric station on Factory Road in Berlin, Ontario. The photograph is dated about 1910. Factory Road is now West Avenue in Kitchener.
J.C. Breithaupt and Premier Whitney in an open carriage, Berlin, Ontario 
Image  11 October 1910  Black and white photograph of J.C. Breithaupt and Ontario Premier Whitney riding in an open carriage on 11 October 1910. The carriage which carried Breithaupt and Whitney was part of a procession that celebrated the arrival of hydroelectric power to Berlin on 11 October 1910. The procession...
Hydroelectric transformer station, Factory Road, Kitchener, Ontario. 
Image  1917  Black and white photograph of the transformer station on Factory Road in Kitchener, Ontario, in 1917. Tower and transmission lines can be seen in the foreground. Factory Road is now West Avenue. Front: Kitchener Transformer Station, 1917
Oil switches in hydroelectric station, Berlin, Ontario 
Image  1910  Black and white photograph of oil switches in the hydroelectric transformer station in Berlin, Ontario. On the walls above the switches, insulators can be seen. It is believed that this photograph was taken during the construction of the hydro station in 1910. Reverse: Berlin in course of...
Charlie Sheppard, operator at the Berlin hydroelectric station 
Image  8 Mar 1911  Black and white photograph of the interior of the Berlin hydroelectric station. Charlie Sheppard, the operator, is seated at his desk. 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...
Man and hydroelectric generator 
Image  [between 1910 and 1915]  Black and white photograph of an unidentified man standing beside a hydroelectric generator, possibly located in the Berlin hydroelectric station. Reverse: This is getting up against the big stuff.
Copper bus brass insulators, Berlin hydroelectric station 
Image  1910  Black and white photograph of copper bus brass insulators inside the hydroelectric station in Berlin, Ontario. Reverse: Berlin showing copper bus brass & insulators. General Electric
Charlie H. Sheppard at the hydroelectric station, Berlin, Ontario 
Image  1910  Black and white postcard showing a photograph of Charlie H. Sheppard, wearing a white suit, standing beside distribution and switching equipment in the hydroelectric station on Factory Road in Berlin, Ontario. Factory Road is now known as West Avenue in Kitchener, Ontario. Charlie H. Sheppard...
Spare transformer in the hydroelectric station, Berlin, Ontario 
Image  1910  Black and white photograph of a spare transformer in the hydroelectric station in Berlin, Ontario. Reverse: Spare transformer, Berlin. General Elect [sic]
Last hydro tower erected before Niagara hydroelectric power arrived in Berlin, Ontario. 
Image  Spring 1910  Black and white photograph of the last hydro tower being erected before the arrival of Niagara hydroelectricity in Berlin, Ontario. It is believed that this photograph dates from the late winter or early spring of 1910. Niagara hydroelectricity arrived in Berlin on 11 October 1910. The location...
Ontario Hydro "For the People" sign in Berlin, Ontario 
Image  11 October 1910  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. The photograph is a copy...
Ontario Hydro "For the People" sign illuminated at night in Berlin, Ontario 
Image  11 October 1910  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. The image is a reproduction obtained from Ontario Hydro (Neg. no. F720). An identical...
Miss Ontario, Hilda Rumpel 
Image  11 Oct 1910  Black and white photograph of Miss Ontario, Hilda Rumpel, wearing a long dress, hand gloves, headpiece and sash. She is carrying a bouquet of flowers in her left hand and a pillow in her right hand. Rumpel presented the ceremonial button, on a tray, to Premier James Whitney and Minister of Power,...
Automobiles and pedestrians in front of Twin City Repair Shop, Berlin, Ontario 
Image  1910  Black and white photograph of automobiles and pedestrians in front of the Twin City Repair Shop, on what is believed to be Queen Street, Berlin, Ontario. The men in the crowd and on the street are in suits and top hats, while the women are wearing formal dresses with hats. This photograph was from...
Switchboards in Berlin hydroelectric transformer station 
Image  1910  Black and white photograph of switchboards in the hydroelectric station on Factory Road in Berlin, Ontario. Factory Road is now West Avenue, Kitchener, ON. Reverse: Berlin switchboard. Recording AF and Recording VV all meter on each feeder [sic]. General Electric.

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