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Sackville and Oak/Then and Now

The north west corner.

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Get A New Suit!

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Downtown Building Lots For Sale!


Spadina and Dundas/Then and Now

Looking west across Spadina, 1966.

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Old Toronto Photos

Joseph De Rijck has kindly shared some personal photos of his.

The comments are his.

O'Connor Drive and Pape Av. Toronto 1958Corner of O’Connor Drive and Pape Avenue – He lived at 133 O’Connor Drive then.

O'Connor Drive-Toronto-1958O’Connor Drive – I can still hear those pipes…

Old Fort York - Toronto 1958 (1)Old Fort York – 1958 – I guess the area has changed somewhat?
Old Fort York - Toronto 1958 (3) Old Fort York - Toronto 1958 (2) Old Fort York - Toronto 1958I wonder if those men are still around?…Note the young lad on the right :-)   Sans titre-71958/59 – Mystery place: I took this photo from the roof of an apartment building but
I cannot remember where that was… Wm. Campbell House - Toronto 1964Wm. Campbell House 1964.

Times Square, New York in the 1940′s

Nothing to do with Toronto but a great time capsule.

1943_time_sqere_smokeIn the film Midnight Cowboy (1969), Joe Buck (Jon Voight) lodges in the Hotel Claridge at the beginning of his stay in New York City (but he is soon expelled due to unpaid stay).

609px-Rokend_Camel-reclamebord_Smoking_billboardBuilt in 1910 the Hotel Claridge was demolished in 1972.


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Lost King Street

I’m not sure where this is/was.

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unnamedDack’s Shoes, 73 King West.

Below a now photo. A few changes.

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Baldwin Street/Then and Now

baldwinThe south side of Balwin just east of McCaul in the mid 1970′s.vcAt the the time Baldwin street was a haven for American draft dodgers and other assorted counter culture residents.

More on Baldwin Street here.

More period photos here.

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John’s Italian Cafe at 29 Baldwin St. isn’t some newfangled Kosher Trattoria, and the sign isn’t really Hebrew. It’s the last extant Jewish sign in Kensington, and the words are in “Yinglish.”

“It was written so the Jews could read it in Hebrew, but the words are actually English,” says Donna Bernardo-Ceriz, assistant archivist at the Ontario Jewish Archives. The sign entices shoppers to come in for “Butter, Cheese, Cream and Eggs,” and assures the goods are “Made Fresh Daily,” according to Bernardo-Ceriz’s colleague Aviva Heller. Formerly Mandal’s Creamery (not to be confused with Mendel’s Cheese in Kensington Market), proprietor Harry Mandal lived and worked at the creamery from as early as 1925 until sometime in the late 1960s or ’70s.

The Derby Tavern

The Derby stood at the south east corner of Parliament and King from 1847 until 1988. I never went in but wish I had…

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slide371The S/E corner of King and Parliament as painted by Gerald Lazare sometime in the 1980′s I would guess when it was the Derby Tavern.

As with many of the older bars in Toronto there was always a Men’s entrance that lead to a separate bar where the men would drink (really drink) and another entrance for Ladies and Escorts where couple could drink in a more respectable bar. The Spadina Hotel was the same.

…in the late 1930s, the Provincial Division of Venereal Disease Control launched a major campaign against hotel beer parlours alleging that they were spreading venereal disease and that prostitution was the main source of VD. “You read these official records and it’s only women who spread disease,” Campbell said with a laugh. “They never acknowledge that they got it from a man. Only women.”

The campaign intensified with the Second World War during which VD was seen as undermining the war effort by infecting young men. In 1942, the provincial government ordered that beer parlours erect physical barriers between two separate areas with separate entrances designated for men only and for ladies with escorts. The latter would allow women either alone or with their husbands and boyfriends. “The whole idea was to try to separate unattached women from unattached men.”


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Gravenhurst Gas

Gravenhurst Gas

An interesting Art Deco gas station in Gravenhurst, Ontario.
This would have formerly been a standardized BP gas station.
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Little Trinity Townhouse Restoration

Chris Bateman writes:

The simple, two-storey brick property was finished in 1852 in a plain Georgian style once common in the city’s east end. Leslie Scott, the first owner, opened the eponymous Scott’s Hotel there with Francis Beale as a tenant, possibly a manager. By 1875, Beale, a bricklayer, had taken over the buildings and was running his own inn and store out of a second, more recent, building to the east.

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This is the only photo I’ve ever found of the old Derby Tavern on the corner of King and Parliament.

1000th Post! Yonge Street/Then and Now

Thank you to everyone that follows and contributes to this blog.

The title Lost Toronto was taken from William Dendy’s excellent book (Lost Toronto 1993).

lost+torontoMy beautiful pictureDundas Square looking south in the mid 1960′s. Friars Tavern is where Bob Dylan met his future band mates, the Band and where they would rehearse after hours.

Nicholas Jennings writes:

In 1965, Bob Dylan’s world was a-changing. He’d already recorded his electric masterpiece “Like a Rolling Stone” and performed his plugged-in set at the Newport Folk Festival. But he needed his own backup band. Enter Mary Martin, a Toronto woman who was working for Dylan’s manager in New York. At Martin’s urging, Dylan flew to Toronto on September 15 to check out her favourites, Levon and the Hawks, at the Friar’s.

He first heard them play on the morning of September 16 and for the next two nights, Dylan and the group rehearsed after hours and forged a thrilling, hard-edged sound. After touring the world with Dylan, and making a return appearance at Toronto’s Massey Hall in November, Levon and the Hawks relocated to Woodstock, New York, and became famous as The Band. With Dylan, they went on to generate bestselling albums and a sold-out North American tour in 1974 that included two nights at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. But their fruitful partnership had begun at Friar’s Tavern, an event that Time magazine declared “the most decisive moment in rock history.”

Friars-Tavern-PHOTO-MainA more detailed account of this story can be found here.

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Yonge and Wood/Then and Now

The north east corner circa 1954. Note the sign for Kaiser and Henry J auto parts.

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Yonge Street/Then and Now

The west side of Yonge north of Queen in 1872. Cameron Block and later known as Page’s Block.

A nice collection of hand painted signs.

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Shuter and Dalhousie/Then and Now

An unlikely survivor on the north east corner.

1890 and 2012.

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Church and Shuter/Then and Now

The Elliot House Hotel located on the south east corner.

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Looking south down Church, the Elliot House is on the left.


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Simcoe and Adelaide/Then and Now

Simcoe and Adelaide/Then and NowBishop’s Block on the N/E corner of Adelaide and Simcoe circa 1890. Built in 1833.
According to Patricia McHugh in her excellent book “Toronto Architecture-A City Guide”
“These two brick and stucco row houses are Toronto’s oldest example of the genre. though now sadly bereft of their three original sisters and most of their Georgian dignity as well. Joseph Bishop was a butcher who built these houses for speculation.”
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Bishop’s Block some time in the late 1960′s when it operated as the Pretzel Bell Tavern.
10176258_654661444603843_3388970756784185235_nSeen here in the late 1970′s.
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Sadly, since the book was written, the remaining two houses were torn down last year to make way for more condos. The developers are supposed to re-build the original facades and incorporate them into the new structure.
The city did conduct an extensive archeological dig at the site.
Details can be found here.
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When demolition started I was lucky enough to spot this old hand painted sign that had been covered up for years and managed to liberate it…
Harv’s Hang Inn.
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Bishop’s Block as seen in 1856.
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The Campell House/Then and Now Update

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The Campell HouseThe Campbell house in it’s original location at Frederick and Adelaide before the move.
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The Campell House
As it stands today
Campbell House is the oldest remaining house from the original site of the Town of York. Built in 1822 by Judge William Campbell and his wife Hannah, the home was designed for entertaining and comfort, and constructed at a time when the Campbells were socially and economically established and their children had grown to adulthood. The house is one of the few surviving examples of Georgian architecture left in Toronto. The Grange is another excellent example, although it is slightly older than Campbell House. Campbell House is constructed in a style in vogue during the late Georgian era known as Palladian architecture. This style was Italian in origin, and based upon elements of classical Greek and Roman architecture, which emphasized symmetry of features (windows, fireplaces, doors etc.) and grandiose proportions to exhibit wealth.

The Move

Campbell House was originally located on a plot of land 1 ½ kilometres to the southeast of its’ present location at the intersection of what is now Adelaide St. and Frederick St. (where the George Brown School of Hospitality is located today). After Sir William’s death in 1834, the house was willed to his wife, Lady Hannah, for her use. After her death in 1844 the property and contents of the house were auctioned off and the proceeds were distributed amongst their heirs. For most of the 19th century the house was maintained as a private residence. After the turn of the 20th century the building was used by several businesses as office space and as a factory, including a horseshoe nail company and an elevator company, and the house fell into disrepair. The last owners of the property (Coutts-Hallmark Greeting Cards) wanted to demolish the house to extend their parking lot. At this time the house was offered to anyone who could remove it from the property. A professional association of Trial Lawyers known as the Advocates’ Society intervened to save the house, move the building and restore it to its present appearance. The house was moved to its present location at the corner of Queen and University on
Friday, March 31st, 1972.
My father took me downtown that day to see the move.
Blog subscriber Joeseph has sent me some photos of the Campbell house from 1964 before it was moved.
He writes:
I’m sending you some old pics via this email address as it will be easier for me.
I mentioned that I have more old photos but since they are mostly old 35 mm slides I will have to convert them, a few at a time. The 3 B&W photos attached were taken around 1968-69, maybe 1970 with my old Canon TL-QL bought at a pawn-shop in 1968 which was, I believe, located on Jarvis Street…or was it Yonge? :-(  In any case it has been my faithful companion since then but I must shamefully admit that it has been stored away for a number of years, making place for its digital replacement :-)  Poor fellow, he’s still useable but without his light-meter which died some years ago.
—Central Fire Hall – 1886 ( does it still exist? I have left Toronto many years ago. Lived there between 1957 and 1973.
—William Campbell House located on Duke Street facing Frederick Street.
I worked for the Hallmark Greeting Card Co. between 1957 and 1969 and, for a few months, my working quarters were located in that venerable old house. memories…
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