Christmas Shopping

Banner image is of a Christmas window display, featuring gas ranges and water heaters, in 1937.  Courtesy of Toronto City Archives.  Well, here we are on the cusp of Christmas once again and, I have to say, I’m feeling quite festive.  The tree’s up, carols are tinkling in the background and I’ve big plans for […]

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Jordan and Melinda: In the End

Banner imagine is of Jordan St, looking north from Melinda to King, in 1907.  Courtesy of Toronto Public Library. In our last visits to Jordan and Melinda, we first met the streets in the 1830s as they emerged from the once private land of an American named John Van Zant, and watched as they grew […]

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Jordan and Melinda Continued

Banner image is of the north-east corner of Melinda and Jordan, circa 1858.  Courtesy of Toronto Public Library. When last we left Jordan, in the late 1830s, the young street had begun to see some development.  Carved from a lot belonging to Jordan Post, it soon became home to a number of tradesmen, as well […]

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Moss Park Historical Tours

Banner photo is of Queen and Sherbourne, looking NW, on July 3, 1923.  Courtesy of the City of Toronto Archives. Hello all! I’m very pleased to announce that Amazing Moss Park – a wonderful community group made up of residents and business owners – has invited me to lead two historic tours of the neighbourhood […]

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Gifford Street

Banner image is of Toronto General Hospital on Gerrard St.  From A History of Toronto General Hospital, 1913. Tucked away between Sackville and Sumach, running north from Gerrard, is a short street with a rather unique history. If you were to look it up, you would find that Gifford St is most notable for its […]

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Window Dressing

Banner image is of the Murray Kay Co store windows.  From the Dry Goods Review, 1912. In 1890, with very little fanfare (i.e. none), a man named George Cole, who worked at Simpson’s department store, became the very first person in Toronto to claim the title of “window dresser.” Sadly, beyond the fact that he lived […]

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