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 […]Read more "Britain Street"
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 […]Read more "Confectioneries"
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"