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Danforth and Coxwell/Then and Now

Looking west along the Danforth in the early 1960’s. The golden age of neon signs.

PHOTO+-+TORONTO+-+DANFORTH+AT+COXWELL+-+ROBERTSON+MOTORS+-+COXWELL+FLORIST+-+PCC+-+1965+-+UNKNOWN+PHOTOGRAPHER Screen Shot 2013-12-25 at 1.37.48 PMKate tells me that when Robertson Motors was demolished in the 90’s a women’s body (Dorothy Cox) was found. She’d been missing since the 1940’s….

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4 responses

  1. Why do the older photos – of a Toronto usually described as “dull, staid, provincial” – look so much more lively and inviting? It can’t just be the signage – all that lovely neon now effectively banned by the city, to be replaced by standard fluorescent-backlit panels. The streets look more busy, and the retail life a bit more varied…

    December 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm

  2. I have to agree. All of those signs give the street a sense of character. I didn’t know neon was banned….

    December 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm

  3. Kate

    When they tore down Robertson’s Motors in the mid 90’s they found the body of a woman who’d been missing since the late 40’s.

    http://ripple.ca/the-other-danforth-midway-janes-walk/

    December 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm

  4. Thanks for that. I will add it.

    December 29, 2013 at 8:35 pm

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