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 […]Read more "Christmas Shopping"
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 […]Read more "Jordan and Melinda: In the End"
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 […]Read more "Jordan and Melinda Continued"
Banner image is of Melinda St looking west to Bay, circa 1910. Courtesy of Toronto City Archives. Street-wise, the Financial District (as we now know it) is much as it was when first laid out as New Town in the late 1790s. It is where the famed Toronto grid is sparest and, to my mind, […]Read more "Jordan and Melinda: In The Beginning"
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 […]Read more "Moss Park Historical Tours"
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 […]Read more "Gifford Street"
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 […]Read more "Window Dressing"