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Roncesvalles and Fern/Then and Now

A Policeman escorts some students across Roncesvalles at fern circa 1928.

Photograph also shows the store front of William Forster, Grocer at 177 Roncesvalles Avenue. William Forster lived in the attached residence at 190 Fern Avenue.

10682396_774866865916633_1139669561799767130_o Screen shot 2014-11-23 at 7.49.06 AM


6 responses

  1. Janice Murray

    I was born on Garden Avenue in 1935, but can’t remember this store. Mazza’s grocery store was on the south corner of Fern Ave. if I remember correctly.

    November 23, 2014 at 8:15 am

    • Mazza’s is now a Tim Horton’s…

      November 23, 2014 at 10:39 am

  2. Joseph

    I love those before and after pictures 🙂 Looks like some of those kids went to school on…roller skates!? The lad on the right seems to feel his leg; maybe he fell before the photo was taken?

    November 23, 2014 at 9:07 am

  3. Good eye for detail.

    November 23, 2014 at 10:40 am

  4. Bruce Chown

    Interesting 1928 photo, Greg. A bit before my time. I don’t remember the corner store; my focus was always on Woolworths next door and its candy counter right inside the front door. In my opinion, the student gender mix is unusual – I count 16 girls and only 8 boys. Perhaps more girls lived west of Roncesvalles and more boys lived on the east side? Or maybe the girls wanted to go to the High Park Library. It was also one of my favorite spots.

    When I was in Toronto earlier this year, the corner shop (shuttered in your later photo) was a deli/coffee shop which seemed to be doing a good business. I guess not good enough.

    November 23, 2014 at 9:49 pm

  5. The now photo is actually a screen capture from Google maps from a couple of years ago.
    It was a real estate office for a while and now a Hot Oven bakery.

    November 24, 2014 at 7:26 am

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