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Toronto Hydro Store on Yonge

393962_261439137259411_1670477840_nThe west side of Yonge Street opposite Shuter, circa 1917. The building on the left of frame was The Toronto Hydro Electric Shop where various electrical appliances could be promoted and sold.10995934_826701790733140_6462736148632122643_n

Looking south from Shuter

Give something electrical this Christmas. - December 17, 1917 Toronto Hydro Electric main store - Welcome to Edward, Prince of Wales. - September 1, 1919 Yonge Street store interior, Christmas 1919. - December 11, 1919 393962_261439137259411_1670477840_nThe next building was Mason and Risch, a piano manufacturer.

-tmp-jpgchdvmk_1024_9999_fill_waterContinuing left to right, Tamblyn Drugs:

Tamblyn Drugs was a chain of pharmacies in Canada founded by Gordon Tamblyn.

Gordon Tamblyn was born in Belwood, Ontario in 1878. He apprenticed to a druggist in Whitby for a few months before enrolling in the Ontario College of Pharmacy. After graduating in 1901 he began work at the Burgess-Powell Pharmacy, on Yonge Street in Toronto. In 1904, with capital of $500, he opened his own pharmacy at Queen Street East and Lee Avenue, in Toronto’s Beaches neighbourhood.

Tamblyn’s Cut Rate Drugs featured a soda fountain like many druggists of that period, and offered a delivery service. He opened a second store in 1907, and in 1910 took over another store from a retiring pharmacist.

In 1911, Tamblyn incorporated his business, and began adding new locations almost every year, eventually expanding into other parts of Ontario. During the 1920s, Tamblyn’s chain expanded to about 60 stores, primarily in Toronto and area. Tamblyn died on August 17, 1933, during a round of golf at the age of 55.

George Weston Limited purchased the chain in 1960, and continued to operate it alongside its Loblaws chain of grocery store, creating a “T” logo to match loblaws’ L logo. The chain declined under Weston’s management and was sold to the United Kingdom’s Boots Group chain in 1978. Boots changed the stores over to the Boots name, and later sold the chain to Pharma Plus group.

tamblyn_s_1946-1Interior of a Tamblyn’s.

393962_261439137259411_1670477840_nBachrack Brothers was a Department Store.

Bachrack-ad-23jul1912s Bachrack-fire-7jan1918sFrom the Toronto Star, October 25, 1919

Morris Bachrack, the well-known Toronto merchant, who died on March 17, 1919, left an estate valued at $95,615. This included real estate, being his home at No. 337 Sherbourne street, valued at $18,000; household goods, valued at $1,000; book debts, $21,000; insurance $3,877; $30,000 stock in the Bachrack Company, Limited; $900 in shares in the Cosmopolitan Club of Toronto; $19,800 in the bank, and an automobile valued at $1,000.

By his will, his three sons, Benjamin, Solomon and Emanuel, of New York, were appointed the executors of the estate. The $30,000 in shares of the Bachrack Company was divided equally among the seven sons, Julius and Harry, in Toronto, and Solomon, Benjamin, Emanuel, Louis, and Oscar, in New York. Mr. Bachrack was the founder and president of the Bachrack Wholesale Dry Goods Company of Toronto and New York.

Each of his daughters, Isabel, Ruth and Charlotte, of Toronto, and Mrs. J. E. Goldman, of New York, were bequeathed $5,000 to be paid when they should attain their majority or should marry.

Morris Bachrack was born 59 (69?) years ago in Russia. When he was only 12 years old he went to New York, and came to Toronto in 1887. He started a retail dry goods business on Queen Street west, and twenty years ago moved to Yonge street, to the store that was subsequently taken over by the T. Easton Company. After that he established the Bachrack Dry Goods Company. ♦

And from the new York Times, 1920:

Screen shot 2014-12-26 at 10.59.46 AMThese buildings as well as the entire block (almost) were demolished to make way for the Eaton Centre in the mid 70’s.

Series 8, Subseries 4 - Photographs of Robert and Harold StaceyLooking north, 1977. Barely visible on the right is an old street sign for Albert Street that has since almost disappeared.

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324560_382711091798881_1650996169_oInside the old Eatons looking north onto Albert Street.


2 responses

  1. Wow these are great photos! I love seeing old pictures of stores and store interiors; they’re really fascinating.

    December 26, 2014 at 12:35 pm

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