The images of the peninsula are available from the Map Collection in digital format at high resolution. Most of their aerial photos, including this entire series, can be examined in 3D using a stereopticon in the Map Collection room on the second floor of the Killam Library.
Just to put these images in context, in 1969:
- you could still drive over the wall into the parade square at the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site
- the “new” bridge was still under construction, to be opened in 1970. The bridge doesn’t appear on the index map.
- the Halifax Port was substantially smaller than it is today
- there was a monastery where the Superstore stands on Quinpool Road (Monastery Lane!)
- the Killam Library was under construction
- there was little to nothing north of Bayer’s Road (to the west) and Duffus St. (to the east)
- there was a large railyard where the car dealerships are now, north of Young St.
The Map Collection has posted just one of these images, but they have thousands of aerial photos, so watch the Killam lobby for more exciting posters over the summer!