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This 85 Feet long wall commemorates industry past and present in the West End.


Location: SW corner Wall & St. Matthews; North Face

Occupant: Auto Parts Central

District: West End

Neighbourhood: Minto

Artist(s): Dave Carty, Tom Andrich (Eclectic Fine Art)

Year: 2016

Sponsors: West End BIZ

 

Mural Walkthrough Notes from Dave Carty:

Reading from right to left the Mural begins (Photo 2) with Freed and Freed (1923) International, a multinational garment manufacturer that has its early beginnings and roots in Winnipeg`s famed garment industry. The Mural illustrates one of Freed`s many successes with this home grown garment manufacturer when they produced all the sportwear for Canada's athletes participating in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Russia. Next to Freed and Freed is another player in Winnipeg`s garment industry, Monarch Ware. Although this company no longer exists it was once an international player with their 'Tee-Kay' brand that received trending support in the Pop Music world of the 1960's and 70's. Two other prominent garment manufacturers are noted to be West End businesses, Crown Cap (1934) on Wall Street and MWG, Mid-West Garments (1948)- both of Winnipeg and both serving the international community. Crown Cap is said to hold a very large share with the world`s hat suppliers and related accessories, including high fashion gloves and handbags.

Below the Crown Cap depiction is an early off-set press representing some of Winnipeg`s original West End printers such as Hignell Printing as well Standard Machine Works (1911), a millwright/machine shop for railway and aerospace industries still found on St Matthews Avenue. The press leads into a large cover publication called 'Freyja', Canada`s first women`s suffrage publication. This was produced by the early and prominent women`s rights advocate, Margaret Benedictsson. She was of Icelandic descent and lived for a period on Sherbrook Street in Winnipeg.

To the left of the "Freyja" document is the early Monarch Industry building (Photo 3), a manufactuer of pumps (1934). The Christie Biscuits building (1932) still adorns Notre Dame Avenue today and was a producer of cookies, biscuits and the like for Canada's western provinces. The name still lives on today under the Nabisco label. Below Christies is an early Canada Safeway store. At the time Safeway had its Canadian head office in Winnipeg`s West End on Pacific Avenue (1929). There are a number of these early Safeway store facades still found throughout Winnipeg today. The station wagon vehicle below the Safeway store is that of another West End industry that served Western Canada. Canada Bread, although it was part of the Weston Bakery company out of Toronto, had a large bread producing facility in the West End on Burnell Street (built 1911).

The Minto Armory is still located on St. Matthews Avenue and is home to the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. The Rifles have served and fought with distinction in many battles since its inception. The one illustrated in the Mural is from the 'D Day' Juno Beach landing, 'Operation Overlord' of WW2. Directly above it is a depiction of the actual Minto Armory. Past the Minto Armory is a memorial stone commemorating Canada's first Royal Canadian Legion branch, Branch #1, which was situated on Sargent Avenue but has since ceased operations. Following this is the Arlington Bridge that has had a colourful Winnipeg past and an uncertain future. It also, along with the locomotive depicted, is representative of Winnipeg's storied railroad history. The 'Countess of Dufferin', Western Canada's first locomotive served the Prairies for many years. Below and to the right of the railway engine is a modest street car, which were at one time, numerous in Winnipeg's West End. Finally atop of the locomotive is the Ford Assembly Plant which operated between 1916 and 1941, and supplied much of western Canada with automobiles- in particular the model T.