(Left) 1913 - construction not quite complete, a mysterious woman poses at the doorway of Lloydminster’s new post office. Some say it was built from the same plans as the post office in Strathcona, now “Old Stathcona” in Edmonton.
(Below) other photos showing Lloydminster’s Post Office over the years. The original, constructed in the boom year of 1912, was destroyed in the great fire of 1929. It’s replacement, constructed in 1930, served as a post office until the early 1970’s. For many years, it was the hub of downtown Lloydminster.
I remember, as a small boy, being impressed with the stone-like tile of its floors, the dark wood furniture, and the brass grill behind which the agent asked to help you.
There was even a brass spittoon!
(Right) The original post office appears in this photo from 1914. Lloydminster residents are seen caught up in the excitement and patriotic fervour as the first volunteers to serve in World War I parade on 50 St. Between 49 Ave. (Foreground) and 50 Ave.
Looking north along 50 Ave. from 49 St. in the early 1920’s
(Above) Nothing remains of the original post office except a burned out hulk following the great fire of August 29, 1929.
(Below) Amidst a changing downtown, the post office retains its dominant presence c. 1960.
(Above) the new, old Post Office (!) stands solidly amidst the great snow drifts of the winter of 1936 - 1937. Note as well, it proudly flies the Red Ensign, regarded at the time as Canada’s national flag. Buildings on the left (in Alberta) had survived the great fire, as had the Bank of Commerce (extreme right), the only building on the Saskatchewan side that survived of all those on either side of 50 Ave. between 50th and 49th St.
(Above) The “Old Post Office” stands quietly in the background while Lloydminster celebrates its centennial in 2003.
(Left) Just before it ceased to be Lloydminster’s Post Office, the building continues to stand solidly in this 1970’s photo.