Looking east along College circa 1962.
Looking east along College circa 1962.
The N/E corner in the mid 1950’s.
Some of you will remember how truly grim downtown was in the late 70’s early 80’s…there wasn’t much going . Below the S/w/ corner of King and John. The building on the corner (now a Second Cup) was practically abandoned and people (not me) would sneak in through the back fire escape and shoot heroin and fu*k around.
The building has a long history. It was built for S. W. Johnson, a druggist, who operated his shop on the premises until 1896, when another druggist, George Gibbard bought the business. During the years ahead, the premises was home to many different restaurants, including that of Mrs. Ryan Kate and James Mallan, who operated a New York-style eatery. The building was also at one time the offices of Cullen-May Richardson, an engineering firm. In the 1939, it housed the Union Trading Company.
1957 (I believe) was the first year that the Canadian Banks were allowed to lend money to buy a new car.
Photo by Vera Tachtaul .
A photo from the star archives circa 1990. Does anyone remember this guy and where this photo was taken?
There’s a reflected sign in the b/g that reads Parkdale Furs.
I think the detective work by the readers has proven successful. 1606 Queen West appears to be the location.
The architecture of the store front makes sense and the indication of these two holes on the column line up with the original location of the barber’s pole….
The gas valve seems to line up as well.
Thanks to everyone that commented and helped solve this
This one from Mark Moore……
no relation or so he claims.
Santa, the evil puppet master!
The east side of Yonge north of Dundas.
Note the billboard below advertising the new Paul McCartney album, “Ram”. Muntz would have been MadMan Muntz the Hi Fi dealer and car builder.
The Muntz store would soon be replaced by a Pinball Arcade and the Tops restaurant by an Arthur Treacher’s Fish and Chips.
The Derby closed and was replaced by a Mr. Submarine…..
Frank’s Hamburgers was always a busy place.
Below, the George Barris designed VOX Roadster equipped with a Muntz 8 track.
Toronto Immigration Office, Front Street.
Currently the site of the Thompson Hotel. This was originally the International Harvester Showroom.
Otto Higel Co. Ltd. Toronto manufacturer of piano and organ supplies. The company was founded in 1896 by Otto Higel (b Silesia, Germany, 1869, d Toronto 2 Jul 1930), who had bought the Toronto piano action and key manufacturing business of F. Koth, for whom he had worked since moving to Canada in 1889. Higel amalgamated in 1901 with Augustus Newell & Co (founded in 1878 as the Newell Organ Reed Co), and the resulting firm – Newell & Higel Co Ltd – manufactured piano actions, keys and hammers, and organ keys, reeds, and reedboards. Higel purchased the firm’s assets in 1904 and restored the name Otto Higel Co Ltd, but also used Canada Piano Action and Key Co Ltd. He achieved his greatest success with the manufacture of player-piano actions, begun in 1906. By 1911 he had added a department for the cutting of perforated piano rolls, labelled Solodont. The company, located at Bathurst and King streets, employed 450 workers in 1912. Player pianos with Higel actions were in use around the world and were in such demand that a second plant was opened in Buffalo, NY, ca 1914, and a third in New York City in 1916. On Higel’s death his son Ralph O. Higel assumed direction of the company, which gradually began making other products, such as cabinets and wooden toys. By 1938 control had passed out of the Higel family, though the name was retained. After 1938 the firm apparently made only kitchen cabinets and appliances, and in 1944 business ceased. The Otto Higel building at Bathurst and King was demolished in 1981.
Author Florence Hayes
Catalogue scan provided by:
Terry Rowe: Piano and Clock Repair, Elliot Lake, Ontario
Another view below.
From the Toronto Star, 1971. Photo by Boris Spremo.
$2,976.00 in 1971 would be worth $18,000.00 today!