What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

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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


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

pictures-r-3995Looking west along Queen. This would all disappear in a few years when New City Hall was built.

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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Parkdale Orphan

My father sent me an interesting piece in the National Post about an unclaimed plot of land in Parkdale.

Click on the photo for a link.

Screen Shot 2015-03-17 at 3.55.33 PMThe area in question below. The red square.

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Bloor and Islington/ Then and Now

Bloor and Islington/ Then and NowThis photo was taken in 1958.
Bloor and Islington/ Then and NowSometime later the second floor was added and it’s been
the Black Angus Steakhouse since 1964.
I recently found some information about Joseph Sankey and Sons:
Sankeys had always been into export in a big way. In 1943 they set up Sankey Electrical Stampings Ltd. in Bombay (Mumbai) to produce electrical laminations. In 1950 another factory for electrical laminations was set up in Calcutta (Kolkata). In the same year an electrical laminations factory was started in Newcastle, Australia, and steel furniture factory was opened in Johannesburg. In 1952 a factory for both electrical laminations and steel furniture was opened in Canada.

Looking Back at the Rio Cinema

Click on the photo for a great article on the Rio Cinema

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Yonge and Richmond/Then and Now

pictures-r-4573pictures-r-1624The N/W corner in 1899. Hats were very popular back then….

I just noticed something very interesting in the first photo.

 The Carbolic Smoke Ball Company made a product called the “smoke ball”. It claimed to be a cure for influenza and a number of other diseases, in the context of the 1889–1890 flu pandemic (estimated to have killed 1 million people). The smoke ball was a rubber ball with a tube attached. It was filled with carbolic acid (or phenol). The tube would be inserted into a user’s nose and squeezed at the bottom to release the vapours. The nose would run, ostensibly flushing out viral infections.

The fact that it failed to work was followed by a lawsuit that for many law students is the first case that they lean about in law school and forms the basis for their understanding of contract law.


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Yonge and Gerrard/Then and Now

An early photo of the S/E corner.


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Queen and Boulton /Then and Now

An early postcard showing the N/W corner of Queen and Boulton.

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Below the south side of Queen.

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