Armistice Day

Banner photo is of Armistice Day celebrations at Bay and King streets on November 11, 1918.  From the City of Toronto Archives. From the distance of nearly a century, it’s hard to imagine the tumult of emotions unleashed by the armistice which ended the First World War on November 11th, 1918.  After four long, grim […]

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The T. A. Lytle Story

Banner photo is of the T. A. Lytle factory on Sterling Road in 1912.  From the City of Toronto Archives. When I first began this page, a year and a half ago, I wasn’t quite sure where to start.  For several years previous I’d been taking photos of old buildings I loved and feared for […]

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Thanksgiving

Banner photo is of a bell barn raising feast, July 17th, 1913, Victoria Park.  Courtesy of Toronto Public Library. Well it’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Toronto – okay, all of Canada – and you can tell because it’s pretty tough to find a can of pumpkin puree anywhere. If you live outside of Canada you might be surprised to […]

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Rascals, Scamps & No-Goodniks

Banner photo is of the Moss Park Recreation Centre Boys’ Game Room, November 30, 1916. From the City of Toronto Archives. I’ve been thinking about childhood a lot lately (as you can probably tell from my Cool Water and Fair Days posts) and it suddenly hit me that we haven’t come across many kids in these strolls through […]

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Fair Days

Banner photo is of the Crystal Palace in 1905.  Courtesy of Toronto Public Library. One of the best parts of all my childhood summers was a trip or two to the Canadian National Exhibition.  Of course, no one ever called it that – it was always the C.N.E. or The Ex.   If you can imagine such a thing, […]

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Cool Water

Banner photo is of the St. Clair wading pool on August 12th, 1936.  From the City of Toronto Archives. To repeat an overused refrain around town – man, is it hot.  It’s high-summer here in Toronto and the city’s sweltering.   Stepping outside is like being swaddled in an electric blanket – a damp, overheating, electric […]

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Moss Park

Banner photo is of Sherbourne and Queen looking west on May 4th, 1917.  From the City of Toronto Archives. I grew up in the west end of the city – almost smack dab between Dundas West and Lansdowne, near Bloor St.  If you know the area, I wonder what you think when you hear those […]

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