What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

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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.

Buffalo Bill Cody/The Mississauga Connection

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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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Queen and Elizabeth/Then

Looking north up Elizabeth Street from Queen in the early 1950’s. This was the original “Chinatown” before it moved west to Dundas and Spadina.

It’s impossible to show a now photo as this section of Elizabeth disappeared when New City Hall was built.

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The Toronto Arcade/Then and Now

The Toronto Arcade/Then and NowThe Toronto Arcade , the first in Canada was built in 1883 on the east side of Yonge Street at the intersection of Temperence Street.
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The Toronto Arcade/Then and Now As seen in the 1920’s.
The Toronto Arcade/Then and NowIt’s sad and final days in the mid 1950’s.
Going going..gone. Victoria and Lombard can be seen in the distance.
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20130612-Arcade-Arcade-BuildingErnie Coomb’s (Mr. Dress Up/CBC) wife was killed here by an out of control car that smashed through the Loblaws’ store front in 1992.
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By the 1950’s it was no longer fashionable and was demolished in 1955.The same view in 2010.
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.An interior view from 1888.
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A collection of period ads.
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This is the Manning Arcade, designed by E.J. Lennox and built in 1882 on the north side of King just west of Yonge Street.

Vintage Toronto Film from 1935

Shots of Toronto Transit Commission traffic at Broadview and Danforth, Sunnyside, Danforth Division, Canadian National Exhibition entrances, the Bay Street terminal, ferry service, and North Toronto terminal.

Mark moore sent me the link to this.

Source: Library and Archives Canada. Toronto Transit Commission fonds, 1981-0211.



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