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The north side of Queen, east of Sherbourne.
I’m sure I was offered a copy of Superman # 1 for $100.00…..
I was a kid with no money and my Dad wasn’t prepared to spend a week’s wage (Possibly) on an old comic book.
$100.00 in 1969 would be equal to $620.00 today.
My old Moffat stove was built in 1948 or so. I recently found some NOS elements, baskets and trim rings for $100.00 (for a set of 4) which I replaced.
I paid $100.00 for this stove 18 years ago and it’s still doing what it’s supposed to.
In the basement I have another machine, a high efficiency furnace that cost $3000.00 (approx) 14 years ago.
It has a computer chip in the Honeywell gas regulator valve that decided to stop working. It did not do what I asked of it.
It would not turn on and if it did turn on, it would not turn off. I replaced the valve ($400.00) and the flame sensor ($150) to fix it.
Planned obsolescence will cost me another $4000.00 to replace this in the next couple of years.
This is progress?
You can also see some previous repair work with some modern bricks inserted.
Chauncey Builder’s Supply on Chauncey Ave. off of Kipling carries a PERFECT reproduction Ontario Orange Brick. Both size and colour are correct.
This brick has SKYCON imprinted on it and they cost $1.00 apiece.
It’s important that the mortar is softer than the bricks. The mortar is designed to fail before the bricks do. Using modern Portland cement is a BIG mistake as it is TOO strong and the natural expansion and contraction of the structure will cause the bricks to break first.
For well over 30 years it has been common practice to prescribe the use of a Type-O masonry mortar for use on the conservation of masonry buildings. The most common formula of a Type-O mortar is 1:2:9, a blend of 1 part white Portland cement, 2 parts Type-S hydrated lime (most often dolomitic lime) and 9 parts sand by volume.
This is a simple ratio. I made up the mortar in small batches using an old Pyrex coffee cup as my measure.
2 cups of cement, 4 cups lime and 18 cups of sand. Water was then added at about 3-4 cups depending on the humidity and thoroughly mixed until it was the right consistency.
So, when talking to a contractor re: brick repair make sure he is aware of the need for a softer mortar on an old house.
Dan the Man on the scaffold.
The overall result was very good and I’ll probably do anther round when the weather gets better in the spring..
Please use this post only as a guide and consult with a knowledgeable contractor regarding the correct mortar mix and re pointing.
This brick detail, on the south wall, reveals evidence of a substantial wooden shed or carriage house attached to the house years ago before the property was sectioned and newer houses built next door.
Prior to the construction of the subway, the buildings on both sides of the street were well documented to account for any problems during the build, i.e. foundation and brick cracking problems.
This series (1949/50) documents the east side of Yonge from just north of Gerrard to McGill. Only two buildings remain today 401-405 Yonge and 407. Also note in the first photo that the Savoy Theatre (later the Coronet) is under construction. 403 was the home of Lindy’s Steakhouse for years. here it’s the Open Hearth Grill.
Below a shot of the Coronet with a piece of Lindy’s, 1979
Below a wide shot looking south with the theatre completed.
Chris Bateman writes:
“Standing out among the anonymous stores on this block is Technocracy Inc., a base for a short-lived Depression-era social movement that advocated replacing politicians with scientists and engineers for the benefit of the economy. The group was banned for a short time in Canada over suspicions surrounding its ideology, a position perhaps not helped by its red and grey uniformed staff and their matching vehicles. The movement was all but dead by the time this picture was taken and the store looks abandoned. Eagle-eyed observers will be able to spot the faint reflection of the photographer, camera and tripod in the Technocracy window.” The corner of Granby Street.
Looking west from Victoria in the mid 1960′s..
The Town was the site of a famous gangland beating in 1961.
Johnny Papalia was the Buffalo crime family capo in charge of all Southern Ontario operations and Johnny had been trying to acquire a piece of the highly lucrative gambling operations of independent Toronto gambler, Maxwell “Maxie Bluestein” Baker who controlled the top betting operation in Toronto which took in $30,000 a day in bets.
Johnny gave Maxie Bluestein an ultimatum after trying to negotiate with him for months and on March 21, 1961 in the Town Tavern in downtown Toronto, Johnny and two of his associates severely beat Bluestein. Brass knuckles, iron bars and baseball bats fly, a broken bottle stuffed in his mouth. Mr. Bluestein is beaten nearly to death.