Here is another short one. This time, it’s from Toronto and about an apartment that I’ve noticed every time I walk by.Continue reading Todmorden Developments Brings ‘Bachelorama’ to the Rosedale Valley (1956)
Blog: “For Best Service”: John Lissee’s Appliances on Ossington
Kathleen and I recently took a quick vacation to Toronto (as well as Hamilton and locations across Manitoulin Island) and while walking around, noticed this well-preserved and recently-revealed sign on one of the empty commercial properties along Ossington Avenue.Continue reading Blog: “For Best Service”: John Lissee’s Appliances on Ossington
Bill Cadzow Views St. James Town
This shot of Toronto’s St. James Town, taken by the CMHC’s Bill Cadzow in July 1971, remains one of my favourites in what I’ve seen of the CMHC’s historic photo collection. I just wish they would digitize more of them after having done so many a few years back. A boy can dream.Continue reading Bill Cadzow Views St. James Town
One (Screen) Shot: O’Connor & Woodbine
The Gardiner in 1979
I don’t have much to say about this delightful picture, other than the recently-removed Inglis sign is something that I’ll always remember. It was removed in August 2014 to make room for more of the condominium developments in Liberty Village.
Queen East at Woodbine
At the beginning of the year, I ran a then and now of Queen East and Woodbine from 1972 to the (near) present. While browsing the City of Toronto Archives’ database, I landed on this one of the same view from 1955/56.
Thorncrest Shopping Centre, 1955
It all depends on how you slice and dice it, though it would not be unfair to at least entertain Thorncrest Village’s claim to be Canada’s first planned community. At least not Canada’s first post World War II planned community. To be certain, comprehensive community plans existed previous to the war and, honestly, claims to “first” tend to obscure the realities of invention and innovation. We all stand on the shoulders of giants, after all.
Skyline Hotel, Etobicoke, c. 1962
Midcentury hotels are one of the first things that got me into urban history. There is just something about their design and the role that they tended to play that proves endlessly interesting. Although hardly competition for the Constellation Hotel down the road (now demolished), the Skyline recently caught my eye.
An Eastward View of the Wood-Wellesley Improvement Area, 1969
Of the things I’ve hoped to see more often appear on the CMHC’s FTP site since it began being indexed by Google a few years back, I must say that it is photographs that I’ve wanted to see more of. Although I love the slow (but consistent) digitization of print materials, there is something to be said for high-quality scans of colour slides from the Corporation’s archives that really make so much come alive. A small handful of images from Toronto taken in 1969 and 1971 has always been interesting to me.
Continue reading An Eastward View of the Wood-Wellesley Improvement Area, 1969
Trillium Terrace, Etobicoke, c. 1956 & 2015
In 1955/56 the Etobicoke Council documented the location for the then-controversial sewage treatment plant along the Humber River. When looking through issues of the Etobicoke Guardian from the era, it was clear that, as a political topic, the plant soaked up much of the local government’s time.
Spremo does Casa Loma, 1970
I don’t have anything much to say about it other than I’ve been reminiscing lately about my visit to Casa Loma in the early 1990s. This is one of my favourite Boris Spremo shots (amazing how they tend to involve St. Clair in some way) and one that I would take myself today, given half the chance.
Sherbourne and Bloor E, 1982 and 2016
It was made effective April 1, 1982. The federal government designated Metropolitan Toronto as a bilingual service area. With a bit less than two years beyond it and the 1980 Quebec referendum, the government’s decision to take out some of the billboards en français seulment – in Toronto of all places – was seen by some as a political move. While it was to some degree, it was also a move that also recognized the presence of a Francophone community in the Toronto area.