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Parkdale Collegiate 100th Anniversary Yearbook

A couple of vintage adds from Parkdale Collegiate’s 100th anniversary commemorative yearbook.

A BMW /Isetta dealership located at 25 Roncesvalles.

isetta cox's pharmacyCox’s Pharmacy on Sorauren (now Wilson’s Variety Store).

Cox’s had a cosmetician on staff, Miss Davidson for Dorothy Grey (Gray) Cosmetics.

To view a vintage commercial click here.

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3 responses

  1. I lived across the street from Wilson’s (formerly Cox’s) until four years ago. You wouldn’t know from the inside that it was a Pharmacy once – pretty much gutted – never mind one with a cosmetician on staff. The building I was in had a butcher store on the ground floor, and there were at least two more retail storefronts at the intersection; I’m always fascinated by these little commercial hubs in the middle of residential neighbourhoods in old Toronto. Someone needs to do some research to establish the economic conditions that made them thrive, then die.

    July 31, 2013 at 2:53 am

  2. Obviously people shopped locally back then and mostly on foot. There was a small hardware store to the south of Cox’s, it was a laundromat when I moved in. A neighbour told me that the owner of the hardware store got into trouble for messing around with some of the kids. The butcher shop is now (of course) a coffee shop.
    The next intersection south @ Fern had a variety store and barbershop, a beauty salon and 2 more stores on the S/E corner.

    July 31, 2013 at 2:20 pm

  3. I wish Google Street View had existed decades ago; city archives couldn’t possible have shot every street and intersection, but it would have been nice.

    August 1, 2013 at 4:31 pm

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