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Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and Now

Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and NowLooking east from Dundas across Lansdowne in 1917. The building on the S/E corner is a bank.
For years afterwards it was the Dunlan restaurant and had a wonderful 1940’s stainless counter and several small booths. Scenes from David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch were shot there in 1991.
Below some screen grabs from Naked Lunch. At first it was used  a New York Diner and then later re-dressed as a Moroccan Coffee house.
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Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and Now
Now it’s Yummy Pizza!
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A couple of shots inside the long gone Dunlan Diner courtesy of mistagregory.
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Good times!
Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and Now“Freshen’ your drink hon?”
Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and NowA couple of recent photos while under renovation.
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It appears that it was a music academy before a restaurant.
These last two photos are by printwithfire.
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Here’s another shot looking south on Lansdowne with the Dunlan in the B/G. The grey building on the left was a Hotel.
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The Strange Case of James Earl Ray-The Summer of 1968

 

The Strange Case of James Earl Ray-The Summer of 1968
After the assasination of Martin Luther King in Memphis on April 4, 1968, James Earl Ray, the alleged assassin managed to evade capture and make his way to Toronto. He spent the summer here biding his time before travelling to London England on a forged Canadian passport.
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James Earl Ray.
He first rented a room here on Ossington Ave.
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To avoid suspicion, he also rented another room in this house on Dundas St W., alternating his time
between the two, telling one Landlady that he worked nights and the other that he worked during the day.
The Strange Case of James Earl Ray-The Summer of 1968
He was known to frequent the bar at the foot of Ossington.
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The old Hotel being demolished to make room for…..
more condos!
The Strange Case of James Earl Ray-The Summer of 1968Thank fully the hotel has been demolished and replaced by a Starbucks.
It seems to be difficult for modern Torontonians to go more than a block without a refill.
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The Strange Case of James Earl Ray-The Summer of 1968
He’s also rumoured to have hung out at the old Drake Hotel further west on Queen.

Yonge and Dundas/The Brown Derby

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The Brown Derby, located on the N/E corner of  Yonge and Dundas was open from 1949 until 1974.
Yonge and Dundas/The Brown DerbyThe 1960’s, Photo by R. Hill.
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Sometime in the late 1950’s.
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In the 1970’s the exterior had a “mod” face lift.

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In the 1980’s a Mr. Submarine.
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Dundas and Chesnut/Then and Now

Dundas and Chesnut/ThenThe S/E corner of Dundas W. and Chesnut in 1937 when this was known as the Ward. Toronto’s slum district.
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A year later and a very stylish Good Rich gas station has been built on the site.
Only 59c to lubricate your car.
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2010.

Dundas and Brock/Then and Now

Like Parkdale, Brockton (Brock and Dundas) was a separate town until it was annexed by the city of Toronto in 1884.
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The north side of Dundas just west of Brock Ave. in 1927.
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2010.

Dundas and Roncesvalles/Then and Now

Dundas and Roncesvalles/Then and NowThe intersection of Dundas and Roncesvalles in 1912.
Toronto’s infamous Boyd Gang started their crime spree by robbing this branch of the Bank of Montreal in November of 1951.
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2010 and the bank is now a Starbucks…. how can people drink this much overpriced coffee?

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The bank also served as the location for Mr. Pinky’s Hefty Hideaway for the film Hairspray.
Photo courtesy of Bill Platten.
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Dundas Farmhouse /Then and Now

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This old house on Dundas near Burnhamthorpe has managed to survive.

Dundas and Elizabeth/Then and Now

Dundas and Elizabeth/Then and NowDundas Street West looking south down Elizabeth in 1930.
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A similar view in 2010 , That’s new City Hall (1966) in the background.

Dundas and Sorauren/ Then and Now

Dundas and Sorauren/ Then and NowDundas Street West looking west across to top of Sorauren Avenue in the
the 1930’s. At this time the streetcar tracks had a dedicated side of the bridge as seen on the left hand side of the photo.
Dundas and Sorauren/ Then and NowA similar view in 1969.
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2010.
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From the foot of the Dundas bridge looking west across the top of Sorauren in 1936.
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A similar vantage point in 2010.
Have you noticed how many ads there are for Sweet Caporal Tobacco?

Dundas and Parkway/Then and Now

Dundas and Parkway/Then and NowLooking east along the south side of Dundas from Parkway Avenue in 1935.
Note the single gas pump by the curb with a price of .16c a gallon (Imperial)
An electric radio is $8.00!
How Much things cost in 1935
Average Cost of new house $3,450.00
Average wages per year $1,600.00
Cost of a gallon of Gas 10 cents (US gal.)
Average Cost for house rent $22.00 per month
A loaf of Bread 8 cents
A lb. of Hamburger Meat 11 cents
Average New Car Price $625.00
Canada Dry Ginger Ale 20 Cents
Dundas and Parkway/Then and Now
2010.

Dundas and Brock/Then and Now

Dundas and Brock/Then and NowA different angle of George Stirrett and Sons Hardware 1930.
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Today.
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A ghosted sign is still visible on the side of the building.

Dundas and Brock/Then and Now

Dundas and Brock/Then and NowThe S/E corner of Dundas and Brock in 1927. George Stirrett and Son Hardware store, sellers of hardware, paint, oils and auto accessories. Note the single gas pump by the curb to the left hand side of the photo.
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Today.

Lansdowne Avenue/Then and Now

Lansdowne Avenue/Then and NowAn early shot of Lansdowne looking north towards Dundas West circa 1912.
The Elias Rogers Company, suppliers of wood and coal.
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A similar view today.
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Looking south down Lansdowne from Dundas.
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Rogers had another location downtown at The Esplanade and Berkeley.
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Rogers’ trucks fill up with heating fuel circa 1950.
Photo courtesy of the Martin Phippard Collection.

Dundas and Howard Park/Then and Now

The TTC has been very good at documenting their work over the years. The photos tend to concentrate on the track details but there’s usually enough information in the background to make them interesting. Here’s a series of photos of the track replacement at the intersection of Dundas and Howard Park taken in the fall of 1935.
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Dundas and Howard Park/Then and NowLooking north/east.
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Looking east
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Looking west.

Dundas and Bathurst/Then and Now

Dundas and Bathurst/Then and NowLooking west along Dundas at Bathurst, June 1950.
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2010.
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The S/W corner looking west.
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2010.

Dundas and Dufferin/Then and Now

Dundas and Dufferin/Then and Now

Looking east along Dundas from Dufferin in 1953.
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The same view in 2010.
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Looking north up Dufferin from Dundas in 1949.
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The same view in 1951 after the road was widened.
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2010.
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Looking south in 1949.
Dundas and Dufferin/Then and NowLooking south in 1951
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2010.

Dundas and Bathurst/Then and Now

Dundas and Bathurst/Then and Now768 Dundas on the north side near Bathurst in 1936.
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The same storefront today.

Dundas and Roncesvalles /Then and Now

Dundas and Roncesvalles PT.2/Then and NowLooking north up Roncesvalles towards Bloor in 1912. On the right is the Bank of Montreal from the previous post and on the left the Bank of Toronto.
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Dundas and Landsdowne/Then and Now

Dundas and Landsdowne/Then and Now Looking east along Dundas Street West from Lansdowne Avenue in 1923.
The old Firehall on the right is long gone and replaced by a small parkette. On the left
St. Helen’s Church is waiting for the steeple to be completed.
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2010.


Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and Now

Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and NowLooking west on Dundas Street West across Lansdowne Avenue 1923.
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The same view today.