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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Dominion Day

Banner photo is of fireworks at the Canadian National Exhibition, 1905.  From the City of Toronto Archives. Working on a new post, I’ve been up to my eyeballs (literally, because I use them to read) in old newspapers and documents.  But I wanted to take a moment to wish you all a happy Canada Day. […]

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The Delineator Revisited

Banner image is from The Delineator, January 1899. Occasionally after writing about an individual or building, I’m left with a handful of fun tidbits that, for one reason or another, I was unable to fit into the final piece.   It’s a bit like finishing up a quilt and realizing that some of your favourite squares didn’t […]

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