The Hub and the Spokes of the Capital and its Environs, Part 9, The Old Portrait Gallery
The Hub and the Spokes of the Capital and its Environs, Part 9, The Old Portrait Gallery. """"The Hub and the Spokes"""" is cleverly constructed to give a readable history of the Canadian Capital (the Hub) and particularly its people.
It also contains some accounts of the Ottawa Valley (the Spokes), with references here and there of many other parts of the Dominion and its history. This is a very readable book full of interesting little cameos on the social and cultural history of the Ottawa area. In his literary character of """"Rube"""" Anson Gard records a series of conversations with his traveling companion, """"The Colonel"""" as he describes visits to places and people in the area. He is a consummate """"name dropper,"""" so the book records many hundreds, perhaps thousands of the names of the populace in turn of the century Ottawa. Even better the book contains about 1500 engraving and photographs, some of those people and some of the places they lived in. The Archive CD Books Project exists to make reproductions of old books, documents and maps available on CD to genealogists and historians, and to cooperate with local libraries, museums and record offices in providing money to renovate old books in their collection, and to donate books to their collections, where they will be preserved for future generations.