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.

Saro’s Corners Bank and Slater

An artist’s rendering of Saro’s, at the corner of Bank and Slater. Source: Ottawa Jewish Archives, Fonds B0020, Item OJA-2-313.

Last summer, I wrote a very brief story about the corner of Bank and Slater that mentioned Saro’s Stereo and Television Centre.


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Apartment Living in Hogg’s Hollow

The low and mid-rise apartments that were commonly constructed during the 1950s are easily among my favourites. Pictured above are a few of them constructed on Yonge Street during that era, at Hogg’s Hollow, near York Mills and Wilson. Unfortunately, it appears that many (thought not all) of these apartments were demolished at some point in the late 1980s and early 1990s to make way for newer, larger, and more well-appointed buildings.

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Flip the Switch

Robarts flips novelty switch to open the University Line in February 1963. Image: City of Toronto Archives, Series 648, File 131, Image 15.

While my favourite subway-opening photograph theme remains the dignitaries-smiling-like-little-boys-on-trains, a close second would be dignitaries with novelty or ceremonial objects, such as the one above of John Robarts flipping the ceremonial switch to officially open the University Subway in 1963. I’m also a sucker for other large switches, novelty cheques, and – rarely seen – the ceremonial explosives plunger for building demolition. My love for this theme stops short of ribbon-cuttings and sod-turnings with ceremonial shovels. For more about the University Subway, see Transit Toronto.

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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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