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Bloor and Royal York/Then and Now

Bloor and Royal York/Then and NowThe N/W corner of Bloor looking west across Royal York Road in the late 1950’s
The F.W. Woolworth store occupied the entire corner. I remember this one well as my
mother would take me there and we’d sit at the lunch counter at the back.
Bloor and Royal York/Then and Now
The same corner in 2010, at least the Kingsway is still there and still in business. Back in the late 60’s and early 70’s I could see a double bill matinee (with cartoons) for 50 cents.
The reason that they stopped selling popcorn in boxes and switched to tubs is because the kids would flatten the boxes and throw them at the screen like Frisbees.
Bloor and Royal York/Then and Now
The Woolworth lunch counter looked very much like this one in New York City.
Bloor and Royal York/Then and Now
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2 responses

  1. In the photo did you notice the “news stand” to the right of the Woolworth’s Store? They used to be all over the place. As a young boy I had a much smaller news stand at the Bloor-Jane TTC Loop. When the New Woodbine Race Track opened I was able to just about double my income by selling the Racing Forum on Saturday mornings to the hundreds of people who came by street car, and boarded Gray Coach buses directly to the track.
    I also remember what a treat it was for my mother to take me for lunch at the Woolworth’s lunch counter. We weren’t very well-off financially and if you went a little after the regular lunch crowd had been and gone, they would sometimes sell-off whatever that day’s lunch special had been a bit cheaper. That was what my mother counted on for our treat, and there were occasions when all we had was a glass of Coke (which as far as I was concerned was really treat enough)
    Although I haven’t lived in Toronto in many years, it was my childhood and young adult hometown. I really enjoy your blog and I’m so pleased that I ran across it quite by accident one day.

    January 31, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    • A very nice story. Thank you.

      January 31, 2014 at 5:16 pm

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