Stills in Motion

Stills in Motion: Coal Chutes, a Delivery from the Past

A few old houses in Hamilton still have the original chutes from when they were heated by coal.

By Dave Harrison
Published June 13, 2016

Coal chutes
Coal chutes

Dave Harrison is a Canada Post letter carrier and part-time personal trainer who lives, and occasionally works, in Kirkendall North area.


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By Thanks (anonymous) | Posted June 14, 2016 at 04:51:42

Great pictures, Dave.

I love looking at these windows into our past. It's neat how ornate some coal chute covers are - and seeing how many different companies there were in Hamilton, Dundas, Toronto and other places over a century ago that made these things.

Neat historical fact: If you ever see one that says something like "Hamilton, CW", that is for "Canada West" - dating it to pre-Confederation times!

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By KevinLove (registered) | Posted June 14, 2016 at 08:35:30

My home has a coal chute. I will try to take a photograph of it this evening and send it in.

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