What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

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Exhibition Street Car Loop.

Andre has provided this link to a short film on Youtube.

Captain George’s Memory Lane on Markham


I’ve written a previous post on Captain George. Here he is in his comic book/movie poster store on Markham in the mid 1960’s.

Many happy hours were wasted here.

Parkdale at Night

I’m sorry for not posting anything for a while. I’ve been quite busy with work and other things…

Below, the intersection of Roncesvalles and Queen looking east circa 1971. This photo came from the Vintage Toronto Facebook page.


Queen and Bathurst/Then and Now

PHOTO+-+TORONTO+-+BATHURST+AT+QUEEN+-+SE+CORNER+-+HOLIDAY+TAVERN+-+NOTE+MEN'S+ENTRANCE+-+CROWD+WAITING+FOR+STREETCAR+-+1965Looking south from Queen, 1965. The old Holiday Tavern on the left. Note the separate entrance for men.

My first encounter with the holiday would have been in 1977, walking home from Art College. There would always be some old bar fly coming out the front door having just pissed his pants. Chis Houston referenced this intersection in his song “F#ck Face City”.

The Holiday would  turn into the Big Bop and later, Reverb.

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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.”

Below some new old photos that have surfaced.

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457 Church Street/Then and Now

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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


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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