Banner photo is of King St E, looking west from Jarvis, 1868 – Courtesy of the Toronto Public Library. On the north side of King St E, at Jarvis, stands a building which has been watching Toronto’s progress since the late 1840s. Once part of a clutch of early commercial buildings which sat just east […]Read more "The Boot and Shoe Men of 142 King St E"
Banner image is of King St looking east from west of Leader Lane, 1847. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library. The history of ophthalmology in Toronto is quite an interesting one, if not a particularly long one. As with a number of other medical specialists in the early 19th century, there weren’t a whole lot of […]Read more "Sign of the Eye: The Story of Dr. Cadwell"
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 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"