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 […]Read more "Berkeley Street"
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 […]Read more "Lost and Found"
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 […]Read more "Gaslit Toronto"
Banner photo is George Morse’s Soap and Candle Factory, Don Station, in the 1870s. Courtesy of Toronto Public Library. Tonight, millions of people around the world will pause at 8:30PM (in their respective time zones) to turn off their lights in observance of Earth Hour. As you no doubt are aware, this annual event was […]Read more "Toronto by Candlelight"
Banner image is a detail from A Treatise on Marks’ Patent Artificial Limbs with Rubber Hands and Feet, published in New York, 1894. In the late 1850s an enterprising Torontonian named Norris Black began a sideline business offering the city something it was sorely lacking: prosthetics. Though a great variety of prosthetics had been designed through the ages, […]Read more "Of Lives and Limbs"