What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

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457 Church Street/Then and Now

screen-shot-2015-06-20-at-7-52-26-pm Screen Shot 2015-06-21 at 7.18.37 AMIt would appear from the top photo that there was an old townhouse behind the later store facade. I would assume that it’s still there..

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1921 City Directory

A small sampling of ads.

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Cool Cars in Toronto

Spotted this vintage VW Beetle on Roncesvalles today. Complete with period correct accessories.

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More Lost Parkdale

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The Harry Horne Company at 1297 Queen Street West.

From the 1924 City Directory:

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Below the intersection of Queen, King and Roncevalles from the late1970’s.

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Richmond and York

Several shots from the archives of the N/E corner. Note the billboard with the 1965 Corvair in the last photo.

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Boy on a Pony

Here is a picture of my father circa 1937 taken outside his home on Harvard Ave in Parkdale. My grandparents did not own a pony. A man with the pony would travel around the city offering to take a photo for a small fee.

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Toronto Vintage Bicycle Show 2015

Save the date!

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Old Roncesvalles

11134028_857400020996650_7788788350249645269_oLooking east along as a TTC street car heads south down Roncesvalles circa 1964. Note the Sunnyside Bowling Alley.

The now photo is not quite right.

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Note the Sunnyside Bowling sign above Al’s Garage

Dundas and Ritchie/Then and Now

A nice colour photo looking west from 1965and again 2014.

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Lost Toronto Farmhouse

Spotted this one yesterday, just north of the Queensway west of Parklawn.

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Not Toronto But Might as Well Be

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There are some valuable comic books on display..

Queen and Roncesvalles/Then

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Sorry Cat

sorrycatSorry Cat sometimes makes an appearance attached to your clothes returned from the dry cleaners. They couldn’t get the spot out but how can you be mad at a little cat?
Next time a big assignment is due and you’re not ready, just show this instead.

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Yonge and Gerrard/Then

The N/E corner. Some very good signs.

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Queen and Bay/Then

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Queen and Mutual/Then and Now

I used to walk by this church in the early 1970’s on my way to the Acadia bookstore to buy old comic books.

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Buffalo Bill Cody/The Mississauga Connection

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This small Chapel at the N/E corner of Dundas and Cawthra in Mississauga was built in 1839 and still stands today. in 1847 Buffalo Bill Cody was baptized here.
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Buffalo Bill later went on to be one of the founders of the Showmen’s League.
From their website:”On February 19, 1913 a small group of dedicated ‘out-of-doors showmen’ met at the Saratoga Hotel in Chicago, Illinois. Those present agreed that the time had come for an international organization that would cater to the needs and wishes of carnival people everywhere, through good times and bad.Thus, the Showmen’s League of America was born.Colonel William “Buffalo Bill” Cody, famed “Wild West” figure and showmen in his own right, was elected the group’s first president.The Elephant was selected as their symbol because “… the elephant in rampant with uplifted trunk, exemplifies in every particular the characteristics of the showmen, alter, sagacious, victorious.”

There is still a Toronto Chapter located on Beverly Street just south of College.

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