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40 responses

  1. I’d like to put some of your pictures and stories in pvhs.info..jack@pvhs.info this site is being upgraded this week. I hope to h
    ear from you.

    February 5, 2014 at 6:22 am

    • Sure, just give Lost Toronto a credit and a link back to the site.

      February 5, 2014 at 2:08 pm

    • Hi,

      I’m a journalist writing for my university’s publication. I wrote an article on the Colonial Tavern, and was hoping to use some of your photos with the article.

      Who do I give credits to?


      February 4, 2016 at 10:11 am

      • Most of the photos are from the Toronto Archives.

        February 4, 2016 at 11:45 am

  2. OK
    Now down to the details.

    What exactly constitutes ‘a credit’ Words in the article with a link and I can copy the code and paste it into my site? Having been a part time web guy for about 5 years I am still new to this area.

    February 6, 2014 at 4:21 pm

  3. Thanks for the link and I enjoy your site.

    February 27, 2014 at 6:36 am

  4. Lauren Hortie

    Hi there,
    I’d like to get in touch about working on a high school history project on youth subculture. We’re making t-shirts and pennants for a Gladstone Hotel show. If you’re interested or have any ideas for sources, please drop me a line!

    February 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm

  5. Jack M

    Hello I like to find the name of the warehouse that has the Canary Restaurant signs?
    I appreciate the help.

    September 19, 2014 at 3:13 am

    • Chris

      we were just at addison’s plumbing here in toronto and we saw the canary restaurant signs there. hope that helps.

      August 18, 2015 at 4:59 pm

  6. Dianne W.

    Hello, I really enjoy your website. I am trying to find out information about the Purity Milk Cap Co., 1190 King St. W Toronto “Home of the Certified Full Cap”. I have a box from the company with the address printed on it. I notice that you have the Metallic Co. of Canada at that same address. Any info you have would be greatly appreciated. dw

    October 2, 2014 at 4:43 pm

  7. John

    Love this blog. Do you know anything about the Parkdale Baptist Church (AKA Western Baptist) that stood at Queen and Callendar from 1911-1985? they just demolished the strip mall on the site and you can clearly see a wall section from the old church in the excavation. Ever come across a photo of the church? I can’t find one on the internet and I would love to know what it looked like.

    November 25, 2014 at 9:06 pm

    • I’ll have a look.

      November 25, 2014 at 11:43 pm

    • I will look into this as best I can. I have a new email address so I’m commenting to make sure I have this it will replace Jack@pvhs.info.

      November 26, 2014 at 11:50 pm

    • John

      I found some photos of the church. I found one at the Parkdale library in an old pamphlet and I also had a few sent to me after I made a request on Twitter. Would you like me to send them to you? You can email me.

      December 4, 2014 at 10:34 pm

  8. I’ve sent you an email re: photos.

    December 5, 2014 at 8:17 am

  9. Hello! We love your photos and would love to use a few of them in our Toronto Neighbourhood Guides. Could you please provide an e-mail address where you can be contacted?

    Thank you.

    January 16, 2015 at 1:07 pm

  10. Robert Huff

    Can you include 149 Jameson Ave, formerly Kingsley Mansions at King at Jameson, north east corner. The original building – a hotel with indoor pool was renovated in 1995 by the Ontario Government to include 50 affordable compact 1 bedroom suites. Original building is intact and 2 staircases also survived. In the basement where the indoor pool was located is now community spaces and offices. The building and suites are well maintained.

    January 23, 2015 at 9:41 am

  11. Natasha

    The Majestic Theatre was located at 25-27 Adelaide St W, south side of Adelaide west of Yonge, not at Queen St. W….Where the Scotia Plaza is now – take a look at the Goad’s Fire Insurance Maps.

    June 3, 2015 at 11:37 pm

  12. Ian

    Have you ever heard of Skinny McNeese, especially in relation to promoting R&B bands back in the 30’s to 60’s, possibly as part of the Chitlin’ Circuit, possibly with acts at the Edison Hotel?

    If you have, I’d appreciate hearing. Thanks for all the work you’ve put up here and on the first Lost Toronto site!

    July 7, 2015 at 8:15 pm

  13. Andre Lariviere

    Hi there, great blog.
    Here is a film you might be interested in.

    August 5, 2015 at 9:26 am

  14. Chris

    Hi there, i was interested in your vintage mortar recipe. I need to repair our 1915 home here in toronto and i was wondering where you got your lime and your white portland from. Would love to hear from you if you get a chance.

    August 18, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    • Any building supply should have it.
      I bought it at Downtown Lumber on Sorauren.

      August 18, 2015 at 6:09 pm

  15. Dianne Eppler

    Are you interested in a bunch of pictures of the High Park Mineral Baths on Bloor Street. My grandfather Dr. McCormick owned the baths but I don’t know how or where to send them.

    October 29, 2015 at 8:38 am

  16. S

    I have a scan of a catalog from Otto Higel at King and Bathurst, from 1906 – it shows the building at said time. Can you pass on an email my way so I can send it?

    December 14, 2015 at 2:52 pm

  17. Brian

    Hi Greg,

    I am interested in a certain strech of Queen St. West…

    Would it be possible to get your contact info so I can send you a pm and ask you some questions?



    January 29, 2016 at 11:25 am

  18. Terrific pictures – what a wonderful site! We are about to publish a book of ‘fables’, short stories by one of our Toronto authors. He found your site and would very much like to use one of your photos on the cover of his book. May we have your written permission to do this? We would of course give full credit to you as photographer.
    Please email me at carrickpublishing @ rogers . com (remove spaces) to confirm copyright and usage permission, and the wording of credit you would like.
    The author is John Syrtash of Toronto.
    Thank you,
    Donna Carrick

    April 27, 2016 at 6:53 pm

  19. Sandra

    Hi. I was told that my step-grandfather managed The Brown Derby in Toronto. I believe this was in the 1950’s. His name is John Cherski. I suppose I am looking to verify this.

    October 20, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    • I’m unable to help on this.

      October 21, 2016 at 7:40 am

  20. john Puddicombe

    Love your photos of Puddicombe Motors.
    Any chance I may be able to get copies.

    I think you’ll see why.
    John Gordon Puddicombe

    November 17, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    • I’m sure those all came from the Toronto Archives.

      November 17, 2016 at 3:27 pm

  21. Tanya Paoli

    I like your site, especially before and after pics.

    November 20, 2016 at 7:17 pm

  22. My name’s Gareth Bate. My partner Graham Jackson has just had his first novel published and it’s called “The Jane Loop.”

    We’ve been looking at your photographs of streetcars and vintage Toronto for quite a while.

    I just posted an interview I did with Graham about the new novel and illustrated it with my own photos and two of your historic images of the Jane Loop. I hope that this use is cool with you. I credit your blog under the photos.

    I think they look great and add a lot of atmosphere to the interview.

    Please let me know if this use is fine with you.

    You can see the interview here:


    December 13, 2016 at 11:48 am

    • Thanks
      Those photos in question are actually from the Toronto Archives.
      You should visit online as there are probably more that you’d be interested in.

      December 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm

  23. Hi Greg,

    I own the image of the Gladstone Hotel. Victor Daniel Caratun. I’m fine with you using it ( I assume you picked it up on the web ). I ask however that you place a credit back to Victor D. Caratun of TorontoPast.


    May 25, 2018 at 3:34 pm

  24. Ross Wood

    Hi Greg,

    I am trying to cite this image of the Murray House.

    From this article.

    Where did you find this image? I cannot find it on the Toronto Archives or TPL Archives.


    May 28, 2020 at 12:12 pm

  25. Hey Ross. I’m not sure. It may have come from a book about Spadina Ave.

    May 29, 2020 at 8:41 am

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