Marker’s Brick Works, 1951

Marker’s Brick Works, Kingston, Ontario
Gus Marker’s Brick yard, 10 May 1951, George Lilley fonds, V25.6 4-35

Kingston is renowned as the “limestone city” with its historic downtown buildings. But the industrial history of the city also bears this out. From the 1940’s, for several decades, Gus Marker ran a successful brick, tile and cement block works here in Kingston. Augustus “Gus” Solberg Marker was also famous as a Canadian professional hockey player; one of the 1935 Stanley Cup winning Montreal Maroons team; he also played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Detroit Red Wings among others. The image shows an aerial view of the Marker’s Brick works on Willingdon Avenue in the North end of the city, as taken by George Lilley in 1951.

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  • Willingdon Avenue is in Sunnyside, not in the north end. Did the street names change perhaps? Based on the location of the railway, that photo definitely is the north end, possibly Elliott Avenue or Hickson Avenue, though I'm having trouble figuring out the exact location.

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