A Group in the Middle of Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake
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Posted by [Name Withheld], 2 October 2021 at 2:02

From what iv gathered while working in old Niagara on the lake is this is a photo of soldiers gathered to celebrate the Armistice Day (Nov 11). This was the day the treaty was signed and world war 1 was ended, hence the gathering and celebration. Kaiser is apparently a word that derives from Germany. Kaiser is someone who in Germany, would be ranked higher than a king (ie. Emperor). On this day soldiers among others gathered in the streets and built a "kaizer" out of straw and would burn it in celebration nearly all over the world in lue of the war being over.

References:

campbelltown-library.blogspot.com/2016/09/burning-kaiser.html?m=1 (this interestingly mentions Queen street tho it's not NOTL queen street obviously)

www.mainememory.net/artifact/33808 (in the photo you can see similar resemblances in the time period as well as the way they gathered in the street)

All other information was collected via conversations with local NOTL residents and business owners/employees.

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A Group in the Middle of Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake


A slide of a crowd on Queen Street, Niagara-on-the-Lake. The reasoning for the gathering is unknown but on person is holding a sign that appears to read Burn the Kaiser. Date Unknown.