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Spadina and Dundas/Then and Now

Looking east, 1965. Note the south side of Dundas is still quite residential and tree lined as well as Shapiro’s Sodas (Shapiro’s Drug Store) on the corner.

This was taken when this neighbourhood was still very Jewish. Chinatown was still further east of University.

img595bc Screen shot 2014-12-31 at 7.14.19 PMGerry writes:

Shapiro’s was not a soda shoppe, but one of the oldest drug stores in the city which had a soda fountain. It was cut into the corner of the building which housed the Victory theatre. Just north of the Victory was Shopsy’s original deli. In those days the garment district was on Spadina, stretching from below Queen to well north of Dundas.

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Shapiro-drugstore-photoShapiro’s Drug Store looking north.

victoryburlesquesmall dudasspadina1967The Victory Burlesque Theatre with Shopsy’s to the north.

For more on the history of this corner click here.

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3 responses

  1. Gerry Ginsberg

    Shapiro’s was not a soda shoppe, but one of the oldest drug stores in the city which had a soda fountain. It was cut into the corner of the building which housed the Victory theatre. Just north of the Victory was Shopsy’s original deli. In those days the garment district was on Spadina, stretching from below Queen to well north of Dundas.   From: Lost Toronto To: ginsy265@yahoo.ca Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2014 7:24 PM Subject: [New post] Spadina and Dundas/Then and Now #yiv7710914351 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv7710914351 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv7710914351 a.yiv7710914351primaryactionlink:link, #yiv7710914351 a.yiv7710914351primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv7710914351 a.yiv7710914351primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv7710914351 a.yiv7710914351primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv7710914351 WordPress.com | greg chown posted: “Looking east, 1965. Note the south side of Dundas is still quite residential and tree lined as well as Shapiro’s Sodas on the corner.This was taken when this neighbourhood was still very Jewish. Chinatown was still further east of University. ” | |

    January 1, 2015 at 8:17 am

    • Thanks for that, Gerry. I tried to research Shapiro’s but couldn’t find anything.

      January 1, 2015 at 12:24 pm

  2. I also know the garment district very well. I was a driver for Shinerizing furs in the early 1980’s and had the downtown route, Spadina , Adelaide, Richmond, Peter etc. my bosses were Sol and Huck Shiner.

    January 12, 2015 at 7:40 pm

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