Joseph De Rijck has kindly shared some personal photos of his.
The comments are his.
Old Fort York – 1958 – I guess the area has changed somewhat?
I wonder if those men are still around?…Note the young lad on the right :-) 1958/59 – Mystery place: I took this photo from the roof of an apartment building but
I cannot remember where that was… Wm. Campbell House 1964.
John’s Italian Cafe at 29 Baldwin St. isn’t some newfangled Kosher Trattoria, and the sign isn’t really Hebrew. It’s the last extant Jewish sign in Kensington, and the words are in “Yinglish.”
“It was written so the Jews could read it in Hebrew, but the words are actually English,” says Donna Bernardo-Ceriz, assistant archivist at the Ontario Jewish Archives. The sign entices shoppers to come in for “Butter, Cheese, Cream and Eggs,” and assures the goods are “Made Fresh Daily,” according to Bernardo-Ceriz’s colleague Aviva Heller. Formerly Mandal’s Creamery (not to be confused with Mendel’s Cheese in Kensington Market), proprietor Harry Mandal lived and worked at the creamery from as early as 1925 until sometime in the late 1960s or ’70s.
The Derby stood at the south east corner of Parliament and King from 1847 until 1988. I never went in but wish I had…
The S/E corner of King and Parliament as painted by Gerald Lazare sometime in the 1980′s I would guess when it was the Derby Tavern.
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.”
The simple, two-storey brick property was finished in 1852 in a plain Georgian style once common in the city’s east end. Leslie Scott, the first owner, opened the eponymous Scott’s Hotel there with Francis Beale as a tenant, possibly a manager. By 1875, Beale, a bricklayer, had taken over the buildings and was running his own inn and store out of a second, more recent, building to the east.
This is the only photo I’ve ever found of the old Derby Tavern on the corner of King and Parliament.
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The title Lost Toronto was taken from William Dendy’s excellent book (Lost Toronto 1993).
Nicholas Jennings writes:
In 1965, Bob Dylan’s world was a-changing. He’d already recorded his electric masterpiece “Like a Rolling Stone” and performed his plugged-in set at the Newport Folk Festival. But he needed his own backup band. Enter Mary Martin, a Toronto woman who was working for Dylan’s manager in New York. At Martin’s urging, Dylan flew to Toronto on September 15 to check out her favourites, Levon and the Hawks, at the Friar’s.
He first heard them play on the morning of September 16 and for the next two nights, Dylan and the group rehearsed after hours and forged a thrilling, hard-edged sound. After touring the world with Dylan, and making a return appearance at Toronto’s Massey Hall in November, Levon and the Hawks relocated to Woodstock, New York, and became famous as The Band. With Dylan, they went on to generate bestselling albums and a sold-out North American tour in 1974 that included two nights at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. But their fruitful partnership had begun at Friar’s Tavern, an event that Time magazine declared “the most decisive moment in rock history.”
According to Patricia McHugh in her excellent book “Toronto Architecture-A City Guide”
“These two brick and stucco row houses are Toronto’s oldest example of the genre. though now sadly bereft of their three original sisters and most of their Georgian dignity as well. Joseph Bishop was a butcher who built these houses for speculation.”
The city did conduct an extensive archeological dig at the site.
Details can be found here.
My father took me downtown that day to see the move.
I mentioned that I have more old photos but since they are mostly old 35 mm slides I will have to convert them, a few at a time. The 3 B&W photos attached were taken around 1968-69, maybe 1970 with my old Canon TL-QL bought at a pawn-shop in 1968 which was, I believe, located on Jarvis Street…or was it Yonge? :-( In any case it has been my faithful companion since then but I must shamefully admit that it has been stored away for a number of years, making place for its digital replacement :-) Poor fellow, he’s still useable but without his light-meter which died some years ago.
—Central Fire Hall – 1886 ( does it still exist? I have left Toronto many years ago. Lived there between 1957 and 1973.
—William Campbell House located on Duke Street facing Frederick Street.
I worked for the Hallmark Greeting Card Co. between 1957 and 1969 and, for a few months, my working quarters were located in that venerable old house. memories…