Banner image is of the Toronto skyline at night, between 1976 and 1994. Courtesy of City of Toronto Archives. It has been far too long since I last wrote here and so much has changed in that time that it’s hard to know where to begin. Of course, it would be impossible to write a […]Read more "The Taylor Girls’ Toronto"
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 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 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"