The Fourth Man

Banner image is of the Don Roadway looking north by Riverdale Park in 1910.  Courtesy of the Toronto Public Library. Wednesday, May 11th, 1887 dawned a perfect spring day in Toronto.  Warm and dry, it was as good a day as any if working outdoors was your lot.   And for one labourer, digging a garden […]

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Perth Avenue

Banner photo is of Perth Avenue Church, taken circa 1898.  Courtesy of Toronto Public Library. When railroad fever really ramped up in the 1880s, and numerous lines began to cut west of the city, they brought first interest and then industry to the sparsely populated hinterlands.  Much of this new activity was concentrated in the Dundas and Keele area where a young developer named […]

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Britain Street

Banner photo is of the Knox Presbyterian Mission on Stonecutter’s Lane and Richmond, circa 1890s.  Courtesy of Toronto Public Library.   Nestled between Queen and Richmond is a short street with a big name: Britain St.  Running east from George to Sherbourne, it’s really just a block long but believe me, it’s no less interesting […]

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Confectioneries

Banner photo is of the Loblaws Candy Department, October 19th, 1926.  From the City of Toronto Archives. The story of Toronto’s sweet tooth stretches all the way back to the colonists who washed ashore in the first decades of the 19th century.  For those new immigrants who came for the lush, fertile land promised them […]

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Berkeley Street

Banner photo is of Berkeley St looking north from Esplanade in 1907.  Courtesy of Toronto Public Library. When first laid out in the late 18th century, Berkeley formed the eastern border of the city.  During this period, however, it was a good deal shorter than the street we know today, running just a short distance […]

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Lost and Found

Banner photo is of King St looking east to Jordan in 1867.  Courtesy of Toronto Public Library. I have to say, thinking on it now, that I’ve been very lucky in not having ever really lost anything.  I don’t mean this in a grand, life sense – as in losing loved ones, or losing perspective […]

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Gaslit Toronto

Banner photo is of King St looking west from Yonge in 1866.  Courtesy of Toronto Public Library.  Last month, for Earth Hour, we took a stroll through early 19th century Toronto for a look at the most common lighting options available at the time.  And they pretty much boiled down to, well, whatever you could […]

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