What's the Future Ever Done for Me?

Queen and Dunn/Then and Now

1505103_597621783641143_508716123_nAn early shot of the S/W corner when this was Ross Brothers Plumbing (Photo courtesy Mark Smith). As you can see from the photo below the original building has been extended over the years and is now a coffee shop.

1535002_607264392676882_1785189547_nA shot of the interior with Mr. Ross standing beside what looks like a boiler!

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From the 1913 City Directory.

Screen Shot 2013-12-29 at 10.33.15 AMR. Ross also performed some work at Parkdale School and charged $60.89 in 1889.

Screen Shot 2013-12-29 at 10.36.27 AMAlso notable on the bill is W.J. Burroughes Plumbing (spelt wrong). His store was on Queen West. Many will remember it as the Silver Snail comic book store.

urbantoronto-5216-16127W.J. Burroughes as the brother of F. Burroughes furniture dealer at Bathurst and Queen.

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2 responses

  1. Richard Keirin

    Is there some chance that I can lay my hands on a piece of furniture made in Burroughes in some of these second-hand stores in Toronto?

    March 17, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    • I don’t know if Burroughes actually made any furniture… They may just have bought from manufacturers and sold.
      Always worth having a look for a stamp or a tag on the underside.

      March 17, 2014 at 2:50 pm

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