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King and Dufferin/Metallic Roofing Company

King and DufferinKing Street West looking east across Dufferin circa 1910
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A similar view today.
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King and DufferinThe Metallic Roofing Company of Canada began it’s operation in 1884 and was the first such company in Canada. It was located at 1190-1192 King Street West. Tin ceiling tiles held enormous appeal as they were affordable, fireproof and could be decorated with custom designs. Sadly, the building fell into disrepair, but unlike many Toronto gems, it was dismantled and is presently in storage with the Ontario Heritage Trust. The façade is on display at the Ontario Heritage Trust building on Adelaide if you want to get a rare peak at a pressed metal building façade.
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 Happy to see this bit of history of the Metallic Roofing Co in Toronto. I was cleaning out an old blacksmith shop in Southern Saskatchewan last week ( Sep 2015) and found an old muddy wooden box. I cleaned it up and it has stamped printing on the side which says “From the Metallic Roofing Co Ltd Manufacturers Toronto & Winnipeg”. It will be going into a small private museum the land owner and I are setting up.

Nothing To Do With Toronto

These are static images…


Lost CNE

Up until the late 1960’s-early 1970’s the CNE featured a “Freak Show”.

People that were deformed and physically handicapped were put on display.


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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