Milk came in jugs?
Milk came in jugs?
Drinking Black Label was cool?
It still is.
You could fly to London in style in 3 1/2 hours?
You could drive on the 401…
A nice shot of the interior of the bus station on Bay.
A selection of photos of Queen West before it was hip. Used book stores, Open Kitchen Grills and a whole lot of stuff long gone….
The Kresge’s on Roncesvalles, just north of Fern remained in business until 1994.
I was in there a couple of times and don’t remember if there was a lunch counter. It’s now a bank, but the Art Deco Vitrolite is still somewhat intact behind the new sign.
My neighbour, Terry T. who has lived in Parkdale most of his life says the lunch counter was indeed there until the end.
A typical lunch counter. This one’s form the Kresge’s in the Junction that closed about the same time. No kale and quinoa salad on the menu here.
My old house in Parkdale was in need of a serious face lift. Despite having spent considerable time and money 18 years ago, the porch and facade had deteriorated to the point of embarrassment.
The decorative medallions had rotted and given the squirrels and birds a chance to get in..
It was a wildlife condo with no maintenance fees.
The first step was the porch and columns which had also rotted.
My friend Dan, a carpenter came over to help. We jacked up one side and pulled the column. My original intention was to replace the wooden bases and clean/patch the columns. However, once removed I found the base was infested with carpenter ants and the column itself in need of considerable work.
I called Roman Columns in Mimico and he had brand new fibreglass replacements in stock for $275.00 each!
Dan and I replaced both of them in about 3 hours (I painted them the night before).
Next we stripped the deck off the porch and made any repairs to the base.
Next up was the medallions and trim up top.
A different Dan came over and we set up the scaffold.
I removed the rotted inserts and years of debris that the animals had left behind including a mummified squirrel…
I originally thought we could cut new pieces by hand out of marine grade plywood but it was obvious that this was beyond both of our capabilities.
A quick call to John K. (a film carpenter with a CNC machine) solved this problem.
He came to the house, picked up the plywood and returned the next day with new panels,
designed by John, cut by the computer.
These were primed/painted and installed the next day.
A heavy duty wire screen (painted black) was attached to the back of each piece. I had previously used a lighter gauge screen door mesh which wasn’t as strong.
ALWAYS use a harness when working on a scaffold!
And there you have it, as good as new.
There’s still painting details to finish up.
Below is what the house looked like in 1998.
P.S. A mixture of Borax, sugar, honey and boiling water has proved a good deterrent to the ants.
P.P.S. I buried the mummified squirrel.
One last detail was to trim out the column bases.
A 1958 Buick Limited Roadmaster spotted on Wellington near Niagara this morning.
A lot of time and money has been spent on this one and it shows.
Original price on this one was $5,125 when new or $44,000.00 in today’s money
One recently sold for $129,000.00 US.
I think the “pod” on the driver’s side dash is an automatic headlight dimmer.
This sign for Freddi’s Clothes for Men can still be seen in the alley off of Lansdowne.
Not sure how long Freddie’s was in business but I bought some vests there in the 90’s…
“Just Around the “C”.
Save the date!