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Unlike the front page where I try to keep the stories a bit more formal and well-cited, the blog page is for less formality, more opinion, and unstructured thoughts. It’s also a place to share a bit more of the sausage-making of history from the perspective of someone caught in the middle of three approaches.


Maybe the Third Time will be the Last

It turns out that entirely too much of the conversation takes place on Twitter and far too little on blogs. I’ll be more aggressive in muting and all that I think. I still don’t much care for the service, but after a week or so away, the balance tipped towards missing out on too many good things. Can’t win for losing I suppose.

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The Prime Minister of Ontario

“Prime Minister and President of the Council” Source: Archives of Ontario, RG 19-2-1 Box 3.

As noted last week, Ontario’s Premier was styled “Prime Minister” during the terms of both Leslie Frost and John Robarts. Here’s an example of that from the letterhead used in Leslie Frost’s office during the 1950s.

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Fun With Crop Marks

Another thing I enjoy when it comes to archival photos is seeing crop marks and doing the deed myself.

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Enjoy the Ride

John “Chairman of the Board” Robarts donning a Scarborough ribbon at the 1968 opening on the Bloor-Danforth line extension. Image: City of Toronto Archives, Series 648, File 244, Item 42.

It only applies to two of them, but one of my all-time favourite genres of transportation related archival photo has to be the Ontario-Prime-Minister-Enjoying-Subway-Opening.1The Premier of Ontario was styled “Prime Minister” by Leslie Frost and John Robarts. Bill Davis changed it back to “Premier” when he took over the Pink Palace’s big chair in 1971. Fun fact: Bill Davis is the only Premier I’ve ever met.

And here’s Leslie “Old Man Ontario” Frost opening the Yonge Street subway on March 30, 1954. Image: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1257, Series 1057, Item 8959.

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1. The Premier of Ontario was styled “Prime Minister” by Leslie Frost and John Robarts. Bill Davis changed it back to “Premier” when he took over the Pink Palace’s big chair in 1971. Fun fact: Bill Davis is the only Premier I’ve ever met.
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Signs for the Heavens

Jackman Avenue Junior Public School wishes you peace. Image: Google Maps.

One of my favourite things about Google Maps’ satellite view is finding the messages that have been placed on rooftops. In the case above, Jackman Avenue Junior Public School is all about peace, and in the case below, this home on Gerrard East is about love.

This home at Gerrard East and Hastings loves you. Or maybe us all. Image: Google Maps.
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