Christmas: Getting the deliveries to you

 

toronto-letter-carriers-1885-narchFrom Library and Archives Canada.

 

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Posting a letter to Santa at the North Pole. Reproduced under a Toronto Star License.

Post office, handling 3rd and 4th class mail. - December 19, 1929

Post office, handling 3rd and 4th class mail, Dec. 19, 1929. City of Toronto Archives, Globe and Mail fonds, Fonds 1266, Item 18851.

Post office, incoming mail platform. - December 19, 1929

Post office, incoming mail platform, Dec. 19, 1929 City of Toronto Archives, Globe and Mail fonds, Fonds 1266, Item 18855.

Post office, sorting U.S. mail, outgoing. - December 19, 1929

Post office, sorting U.S. mail, outgoing, Dec. 19, 1929. City of Toronto Archives Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. The following citation must be used when exhibiting or publishing this image: City of Toronto Archives, Globe and Mail fonds, Fonds 1266, Item 18853.

Post office, stacking letters for cancellation. - December 19, 1929

Post office, stacking letters for cancellation, Dec. 19, 1929 City of Toronto Archives, Globe and Mail fonds, Fonds 1266, Item 18854.

Postman with truck. - December 25, 1929

Postman with truck, Dec. 25, 1929. City of Toronto Archives, Globe and Mail fonds, Fonds 1266, Item 18879.

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Xmas day, mailman with load of mail. - December 25, 1928

Christmas day, mailman with load of mail. – December 25, 1928

Xmas day, mailman and wagon. - December 25, 1928

Christmas day, mailman and wagon. – December 25, 1928

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Train with Christmas trees n.d. Library and Archives Canada

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Gerrard Street East Delivery Wagon, 1908, Toronto Public Library

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Toyland, 1910, Toronto Public Library.

View of Christmas window display at Queen and Yonge Street

View of Christmas window display at Queen and Yonge Street Creator: Harvey R. Naylor Date: December 26, 1958 Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 101, Item 19 Credit: City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner.

 

Some Faces from the Old East End

Broadview Boys' [Fall] Fair, group of boys with rabbits : Stan Hollywood, 90 Chatham, Kingston Beamish, 128 Chatham, Joe Edwards, 400 Pape.

Broadview Boys’ [Fall] Fair, group of boys with rabbits Stan Hollywood, 90 Chatham, Kingston Beamish, 128 Chatham, Joe Edwards, 400 Pape Oct 2, 1930

Broadview Boys' [Fall] Fair, Nelson McDole, 165 First Avenue, goat "Kiddo".

Broadview Boys’ [Fall] Fair, Nelson McDole, 165 First Avenue, goat Kiddo Oct. 2, 1930

Danforth Baby Show, Gladys Long, 52 Carlaw Avenue, 1st, 12 months.

Danforth Baby Show, Gladys Long, 52 Carlaw Avenue, 1st, 12 months Aug 20 1930

Eastern [School of] Commerce [commencement portraits], Lawrence Newnham.

Eastern [School of] Commerce [commencement portraits], Lawrence Newnham Nov 13, 1930

Eastern [School of] Commerce [commencement portraits], Norman McDermott.

Eastern [School of] Commerce [commencement portraits], Norman McDermott Nov. 13, 1930

Eastern [School of] Commerce [commencement portraits], Roma Bowman.

Eastern [School of] Commerce [commencement portraits], Roma Bowman Nov. 13, 1930

Eastern [School of] Commerce [commencement portraits], Thelma Bowe.

Eastern [School of] Commerce [commencement portraits], Thelma Bowe Nov. 13, 1930

Josephine McGuire, 346 Rhodes Avenue, Elsie Rayner, 342 Rhodes Avenue, portraits.

Josephine McGuire, 346 Rhodes Avenue, Elsie Rayner, 342 Rhodes Avenue July 25, 1930 b

Josephine McGuire, 346 Rhodes Avenue, Elsie Rayner, 342 Rhodes Avenue, full figure.

Josephine McGuire, 346 Rhodes Avenue, Elsie Rayner, 342 Rhodes Avenue July 25, 1930

Riverdale Collegiate [commencement portraits], David Trembetsky, 1002 Queen East.

Riverdale Collegiate [commencement portraits], David Trembetsky, 1002 Queen East Nov 12 1930

Riverdale Collegiate [commencement portraits], Flora Christie, Elsie Cochrane.

Riverdale Collegiate [commencement portraits], Flora Christie, Elsie Cochrane Nov. 12, 1930

Riverdale Collegiate [commencement portraits], Gillies Hunter, James Lavery.

Riverdale Collegiate [commencement portraits], Gillies Hunter, James Lavery Nov. 12, 1930

Riverdale Collegiate [commencement portraits], Harold and Carl Medcof, 85 Earl Grey Road.

Riverdale Collegiate [commencement portraits], Harold and Carl Medcof, 85 Earl Grey Road Nov 12 1930

Riverdale Collegiate [commencement portraits], Helen Davidson, 171 Munro Street.

Riverdale Collegiate [commencement portraits], Helen Davidson, 171 Munro Street Nov 12 1930

Riverdale Collegiate [commencement portraits], Hubert Dighton, 43 Kent Road.

Riverdale Collegiate [commencement portraits], Hubert Dighton, 43 Kent Road Nov. 12, 1930

 

Riverdale Collegiate [commencement portraits], Margaret Snow.

Riverdale Collegiate [commencement portraits], Margaret Snow Nov. 12, 1930

Discovering Canada through Christmas Cards

Christmas Cards from the 1920s and 1930s by some of Canada’s most renowned artists. The first slide show shows the cards as enhanced to remove foxing and yellowing. The second slide show shows the cards as downloaded from the Library and Archives Canada.

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The order of the cards is random. The individual cards are posted below the second slide show. To find out more about the individual artists go to the National Gallery of Canada which has a listing of artists in its collection.

https://www.gallery.ca/en/see/collections/artist.php?iartistid=4676

You can also find many of these artists (though not all) in the Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario at:

http://www.ago.net/search?Q=%22Sarah+Robertson%22

Many of these artists’ works are also in the Collection of the McMichael Gallery:

http://www.mcmichael.com/collection/

 

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Walter Joseph Phillips, no date, Library and Archives Canada Enchanced

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Sherman Wright, Merry Xmas, ca. 1920 Library and Archives Canada

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Sarah Robertson, Untitled no date Library and Archives Canada

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Nora Frances Elizabeth Collyer, ca. 1923-1928 Library and Archives Canada

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Nora Frances Elizabeth Collyer, Merry Christmas, ca. 1923-1928 Library and Archives Canada

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Mabel Lockerbie, A Merry Christmas, ca 1928 Library and Archives Canada

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Lionel LeMoyne Fitzgerald, Greetings 1923-1928 Library and Archives Canada

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Kathleen M. Morris, Christmas card, ca. 1923-1928 Library and Archives Canada

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J E MacDonald, The Red Canoe 1915, Library and Archives Canada

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Henry Napartuk. Christmas Card depicting Flying Geese. Credit Library and Archives Canada, Acc. No. 1996-299-4

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Frederick Horsman Varley, Best Wishes For Christmas, ca. 1923-1928 Library and Archives Canada (Irish musicians)

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Frederick Horsman Varley, Christmas Card, ca. 1923-1928 Library and Archives Canada

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Frederick Horsman Varley, 1921, Here’s to 1922 Joy Library and Archives Canada

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Franklin Carmichael, Branches of Berries in Snow after 1915 Library and Archives Canada

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Frank Hennessey, Christmas Morning. ca. 1931 Toronto. William E. Coutts Company, Ltd. Library and Archives Canada

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Alfred Joseph Casson, Good Cheer at Christmas ca 1923-1928 Library and Archives Canada

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Alfred Joseph Casson, Christmas Greetings ca 1923-1928 Library and Archives Canada

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Albert H. Robson, Northern Lights on the Prairies of Saskatchewan. 1937 Library and Archives Canada

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A. Y. Jackson, Merry Christmas. . ca. 1923-1928 Library and Archives Canada

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A. Y. Jackson Christmas Greetings. ca. 1923-1928 Library and Archives Canada

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Alfred Joseph Casson, ca. 1923-1928, Library and Archives Canada

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Lawrence Arthur Colley Panton, Ye Merrie Yuletide, ca. 1923-1928, Library and Archives Canada

My favourite artist of the period is Tom Thomson. I could not find a Christmas card by him, but this painting, Path behind Mowat Lodge, 1917, evokes everything I love about the bush at Christmas time.

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Tom Thomson, Path behind Mowat Lodge, 1917

 

345 Carlaw Avenue: Then and Now

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Goad’s Atlas 1923

345 Carlaw Avenue sits on a site by a lost creek, probably fished by the Mississauga and other First Nations for millennia. In the nineteenth century it was farmland and then market gardens, and then brick yard. Then in the early 20th Century Carlaw Avenue became the industrial heartland of Toronto’s East End and the quiet country lane changed forever.

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The marks of Roden Bros. Ltd., 345 Carlaw Avenue: a) cut glass b) electro or silver plate c) sterling silver.

One of the firms that made its name on Carlaw was the Roden Bros. Ltd. Thomas and Frank came to Canada in 1879 and established a silversmith business in Montreal. They branched out into cutting glass as well. At the time, Roden had a sterling reputation (pun intended) and became:

a household name with prestigious esteem amongst the affluent of Ontario.[1]

Thomas and Frank Roden came to Toronto and founded Roden Brothers in 1891. Their first factory was at 99 ½ King Street West near York Street.[2] They turned out a wide range of silver hollowware and flatware in traditional English styles such as Stratford, Queens, and Louis XV.  Roden Bros. Ltd. was incorporated in 1912. That year they purchased the 165 by 400 foot lot of land on Carlaw from A. Barthelmes for $25,000.[i] Goldsmiths Stock Company were their exclusive selling agents from 1900 to 1922.

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345 Carlaw Avenue from Dundas Street looking west towards Carlaw Avenue. Photo from TorontoOfficeSpace..com

Their factory was at 345 Carlaw Avenue at the north east corner of Dundas Street and Carlaw Avenue, the site of “The Carlaw” condominium. Dundas Street was not completed through the East End until 1957. Before Dundas Street existed a short laneway ran east off Carlaw just south of the Roden Brothers factory. Their plant sat between the Wrigley Building on the south and the Barthelmes Building on the north. Just to the east of their factory was a buried watercourse known as Holly or Heward Creek. A rail spur allowed them to ship their products across Canada and cheap access to electricity from Niagara Falls powered their machinery and the industrial boom along Carlaw Avenue in the early Twentieth Century. The much-loathed power lines we see on photos were symbols of progress and economic growth at the time. Like others in the Canadian Manufacturing Association (CMA), Thomas and Frank Roden were strong supporters of the by-law that created Toronto Hydro.[1] Carlaw was a dark, dirty industrial street with smoking chimneys, but, in its heyday its plants produced some of those beautiful and desirable products ever made in Canada.

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[1] Globe, Dec. 20, 1907

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345 Carlaw Avenue is on the right, just beyond the broken picket fence. You can just read some of their sign. It says from top to bottom: “Roden Bros. Ltd.; Sterling Silver, Silver Plate; Cut Glass.”

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This photo from 1948 shows the Roden factory, a red brick and concrete three-storey structure on the right. Across the street sets Harrold’s coal yard. The street on the left is is Dickens. The white building on the right is the Barthelmes Building where pianos were made.

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This photo from Condo.ca shows the same scene today. The street has changed radically. However, some things, including the position of fire hydrants do not change much, if at all. Find the fire hydrant in both pictures and you will be looking at exactly the same view.

Who were the Rodens and how did they leave their mark on Toronto?

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Thomas Roden

The family was from Birmingham, England. Thomas and Frank’s father, George (1822-1887), was a grocer and provision dealer who became a very successful “commercial traveller” or sales person for one of Birmingham’s chemical factories. Their mother, Susannah Ryland, came from a prominent family that was listed in Burke’s Peerage. Their grandfather William Roden was a currier, a specialist in the tanning of leather.

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Frank Roden

Like others in the Canadian Manufacturing Association (CMA), Thomas Roden (1859-1929) and Frank Roden (1863-1928) were strong supporters of the by-law that created Toronto Hydro.[3] Carlaw was a dark, dirty industrial street with smoking chimneys, but, in its heyday its plants produced some of those beautiful and desirable products ever made in Canada.

The Roden brothers and their family left more than silver marks in Toronto. They, like many others who had climbed out of Birmingham through their skills, they were committed to the welfare of others, leaving a mark on Toronto’s social fabric that may outlast their silverware. They were Methodists and conservative in their politics, but progressive in many ways.

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Scene from Birmingham, England, 1871, the year Thomas and Frank Roden came to Canada. Photo from Pinterest.

Throughout their lives both Thomas Roden and his son Alfred were deeply involved in both the CMA and a housing company, the Toronto Housing Company, formed to provide affordable decent housing for working families. The Toronto CMA chapter worked with organized labour, the Toronto of Trade and the Great War Veterans Association (the forerunner of the Canadian Legion) to set up the Ontario Housing Committee. Out of this grew the Toronto Housing Company.  Their motives were not entirely altruistic.

“The formation of the Ontario Housing committee and the Winnipeg housing survey were in themselves indications of growing public demand for government-assisted housing construction. Thomas Roden had warned his colleagues in the Canadian Manufacturers’ Association that “the indifference of the guiding classes” in Canada to housing problems was encouraging “that condition that brought about the downfall of Russia” [in the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution]. Following Roden’s advice, the Toronto chapter of the CMA resolved that Canadian housing problems posed a “menace” to the “industrial, social and political welfare of the whole country.”[4]

The Rodens were also very involved in the Associated Charities, a forerunner of the United Way[5]. Frank Roden was particularly interested in good cars and roads, both of which he, apparently loved. He was one of the founders of the Good Roads Association in Ontario, as well as the Ontario Motor League and the Canadian Motor League.[6] Frank Roden died in 1928; brother Thomas followed him a year later. Thomas’ son, Alfred J. Roden (1884-1947) led the company after the brothers died.

 

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Alfred J. Roden, from The Toronto Star, February 10, 1930

What exactly did the factory at 234 Carlaw Avenue make?

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Roden Brothers, Ltd., Toronto, 1891-1956: Roden Bothers manufactured superior sterling silver teaware, flatware, toiletware, baby items, trophies, shields and novelties, as well as jewellery; they also manufactured silverplate, Sheffield reproductions, and “Pompeian Glass.”[7]

During both World Wars they produced military badges.

Royal Flying Corps Cap Badges were made in two types. Officer’s cap badges were made either in bronze or of a deeply “pickled” brass which made them deep bronze in colour. The enlisted cap badges, while essentially identical in form, were made from brass or other light golden metallic variations. Examples have been found made in UK and marked “Gaunt” while there have also been examples made in Canada and marked either “Roden Bros” and “Roden Toronto”. There are also many unmarked examples. There is considerable variety in the finish and material colour of these badges. Identical to the cap badge are a smaller version in both bronze and brass for officers and enlisted men which were worn on the raised collars of the “Maternity” smock and later on the lapel of the field uniform. In approximately 1915, an “economy badge” was produced for enlisted men and this differed from the regular badge by not being voided between the letters RFC.

http://www.worldofmilitarywings.com/wingpage/uk/rfccaps.html

 

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The Civilian, Vol. X, no. 7 (July 20, 1917)

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“Cap badge made by Roden Bros. The vast majority of cap badges do not have a maker mark on them. In addition to Scully Ltd, it is known that Roden Bros also manufactured badges for the unit. Badges made by Roden Bros can be distinguished by a small “R” found on the back of the badges.” From http://www.perthregiment.org

Their glass is from that style known as “Canadian Brilliant Period Cut Glass”. Today their cut glass is hard to identify as many of their pieces of cut glass were not signed. They competed with such Cut Glass Companies as Gundy-Clapperton, Gowans-Kent and Birks who was also their main competitor for the silver consumer market.

A few unique items that Roden Bros. Ltd. produced were a gold rose bowl with the royal route across Canada engraved on it for King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939 and, a tea service for Princess Elizabeth’s wedding in 1947.

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They put out a special sport trophies catalogue which marketed their medals, trophy cups and other similar items, such as plaques and shields, belt buckles, charms, silver trowels for special events, etc. They advertised in their 1929 catalogue that they had produced “some iconic Canadian trophies” such as the Brier Tankard, the coveted curling trophy. They also produced trophies for hockey, baseball, football, motorcycle racing, curling, track and field, etc.[8]

 

 

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c1942 Sterling Silver Granite Association Curling trophy from Pinterest

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“A large and spectacular Antique Sterling Silver Sporting Trophy with 3 boar tusk handles standing on a black lacquered base. Gilded interior. Champagne bucket size. Engraved as follows: “The A.E. Kemp Trophy for Competition among The Quoiting Clubs of Toronto”. The trophy was made by Roden Brothers of Toronto, Canada. It stands 13.75″ high overall, 9.75″ high and 10″ across from handle to handle. It is in excellent condition, the only blemish being some wear to the interior gilding.” rubylane.com

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The Tim Horton Brier Tankard By Resolute – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=6251107

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The Grey Cup, Dec. 1909. The Grey Cup was made by produced by Birks Jewellers  Canadian Encyclopedia http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/grey-cup/

“On Dec. 4, 1909, at Toronto’s Rosedale Field, a crowd of 3,807 mostly exuberant fans — the average ticket price was 70 cents — watched the University of Toronto Varsity Blues defeat the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club by a score of 26-6. Unfortunately, Earl Grey and his staff had been tardy ordering the cup from Birks Jewelers (at a cost of $48), and it took another three months for the inaugural awarding of the Grey Cup to the victorious Blues.” Allan Levine, “History of the Grey Cup” in the National Post. See http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/allan-levine-history-of-the-grey-cup

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The Grey Cup. Roden Bros. Ltd. is believed to have worked on the Grey Cup. By Cmm3 – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=9651737

What about the Stanley Cup?

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The original Stanley Cup is on the right of the terrier in this picture. The Canadian Courier, Vol. XIII. No. 17 (March 29th, 1913)

Many attribute the Roden Brothers with helping to produce both the Stanley Cup and the Grey Cup.[9] Although I have found no evidence that they actually made either, it is quite probable that they were involved in the alterations over the years, including the adding of the many rings on both cups, various repairs and replacements. The original Stanley Cup consisted of just the bowl and cost $48.67 in 1892. It was made of silver and was 7.28 inches in high and 11.42 inches in diameter. Today’s Stanley Cup has a copy of the fragile, aged original bowl. It is made of a silver and nickel alloy; it is 35.25 inches tall and weighs 34.5 pounds.

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Today’s Stanley Cup. Photo by Alex Goykhman – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44669468

On Saturday, February 8, 1947 the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins 5-2. One of the rising new stars that night was a rookie just recently called up from the minors. His name was Bill Barilko.

 

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Bill Barilko

Alfred Roden, a die-hard hockey fan, watched the game in Maple Leaf Gardens. On his way home to Grenadier Gardens in Swansea he suffered a fatal heart attacks. This Leafs fan gave special silver spoons to the stars of all the games at Maple Leaf Gardens.

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On April 19, 1947 the Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadians 2-1 winning the Stanley Cup.

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Toronto Star, April 21, 1947

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1947 Stanley Cup Champions

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Toronto Star, April 22, 1947

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Syl Apps with the Stanley Cup before it was redesigned later that year. It is likely that Roden Bros. Ltd. had a hand in the recreation of the Stanley Cup into the form we know it today. (Photo from the Imperial Oil-Turofsky/Hockey Hall of Fame)

On August 26, 1951 (age 24), Bill Barilko died in a plane crash in the bush near Timmins. His body was not found until 1962. The Leafs won the Stanley Cup that year – the first time since Barilko disappeared 11 years before.

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Birks took over Roden Bros. Ltd. in 1953, but continued production on Carlaw until about 1956.[10]

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Toronto Star, Dec.23, 1972

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Globe and Mail, October 29, 1988 Bailiff’s sale: Lark Manufacturing

After the Roden Bros. Ltd. left, 345 Carlaw became a printing factory for a while and then a textile company, Larks, until it went under in 1988.  Then it became a warehouse and housed a number of different small manufacturers over the next two decades, sharing the general decline of Carlaw Avenue as industries left or went out of business. The street was a sad shadow of itself when I moved here in the early 1980s.

 

The Carlaw

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Toronto Star, Aug. 29, 2011 The Carlaw

In September, 2011, Streetcar Developments (formerly Dundee Realty) began advertising “The Carlaw” as a “midrise condo with 1- and 2-bedroom lofts” at prices “from the low $200,000s”. Amenities would include a 24-hour concierge, guest suites, a fitness centre, a rooftop party room and a terrace for barbecues, a courtyard garden and even a pet spa. Occupancy was expected in December 2014, but sales began in October, 2011. [11]

In 2013 the City of Toronto approved the building of a 12-storey condominium tower and three-storey stacked townhouses, with a total of 313 units, on the site of the Roden factory. There were conditions for amending the zoning by law to allow Streetcar Develops the increased density and a 12-storey building. One of the City’s conditions was that the new complex would house a theatre company such as Crow’s Theatre.  Another was that, although the Roden Building would be torn down, the Barthelmes Building to the north would be kept. The Carlaw and its neighbour, the Taylor, were completed in the fall of 2015. Tact Architecture designed both buildings.[12]

If there is a ghost in 345 Carlaw, it is probably waiting for the Leaf’s to win the Stanley Cup and the people who live in The Carlaw to invite that spectre to the party. He knows they have a great party space and there’s a lot of Leaf fans on Carlaw.

[1] http://www.passionforthepastantiques.com/store/products/item/categories/semi-precious/products/roden-bros-amethyst-marcasite-ster-earrings-c-1900-10/?tt_products%5Bbegin_at%5D=10&cHash=d6dc57942c8031ea192c00c4b258b5f7

[2] Globe, Feb. 22, 1908

[3] Globe, Dec. 20, 1907

[4] John Christopher Bacher, Keeping to the marketplace: the evolution of Canadian housing policy, University of Toronto Press, 1984, pp. 56-57.

[5] Who’s Who in Canada, 1922

[6] Globe, October 16, 1912

[7] http://www.costumejewelrycollectors.com/2014/08/01/early-canadian-sterling-enamel-souvenir-jewelry-patricia-gostick-cjci/

[8] http://www3.sympatico.ca/norman4/SelectAntiques.htm

[9] Unterman McPhail Associates, Heritage Analysis Report: Carlaw and Dundas District Landscape and Public Realm Improvements, City of Toronto, Ontario. Appendix D.

[10] see also http://www.silvercollection.it/AMERICANSILVERMARKSRDUE.html  and http://www.justinteeantiques.com/news.html

[11] Toronto Star, Sept. 24, 2011

[12] http://urbantoronto.ca/database/projects/carlaw

[i] Toronto Star Dec. 17, 1912

The LHS Time Tour of Gerrard St E 1970s-1980s

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Hold on to your hats and be prepared for polyester! Come on board the 506 Streetcar and explore Gerrard Street East in the 1970s and 1980s! We board at River and Gerrard, cross the bridge over the Don, cruise by the old grim jail, through “Chinatown 2” as it used to be called, past Riverdale High, the Indian Bazaar (Little India to many oldtimers) and on to East Toronto and the Main Subway Station.

Corner of Gerrard St. and River St., looking south-west

1972 Gerrard and River Streets, south west corner (Regent Park) City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright is held by the City of Toronto.

Corner of Gerrard St. and River St., looking north-west

Gerrard and River Street, North West corner, 1972 City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright is held by the City of Toronto.

View of Gerrard Street East from Don Bridge, looking east

View of Gerrard Street East from Don Bridge, looking east Creator: Harvey R. Naylor Date: June 7, 1981 Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 71, Item 166 Credit: City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner.

View of Don Bridge on Gerrard Street East, Don jail in background

View of Don Bridge on Gerrard Street East, Don jail in background Creator: Harvey R. Naylor Date: June 7, 1981 Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 71, Item 165 Credit: City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner.

Munro St and Gerrard St E.

Munro St and Gerrard St E. Creator: Harvey R. Naylor Date: June 2, 1981 Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 61, Item 79 Credit: City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner.

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1982 Don Jail, Toronto Public Library

Corner of Broadview Ave. and Gerrard St., looking north-east

Corner of Broadview Ave. and Gerrard St., looking north-east Creator: Jean-François Després City of Toronto 1972 Fonds 2032, Series 841, File 25, Item 2 City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright is held by the City of Toronto.

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View of Gerrard Street East at Broadview Avenue June 7, 1981. City of Toronto Archives.

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Broadview & Gerrard – northeast corner, June 23, 1983, Toronto Public Library

Corner of Broadview Ave. and Gerrard St., looking south-east

Corner of Broadview Ave. and Gerrard St., looking south-east Creator: Jean-François Després City of Toronto 1972 Fonds 2032, Series 841, File 25, Item 3 City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright is held by the City of Toronto.

Corner of Broadview Ave. and Gerrard St., looking south-west

Corner of Broadview Ave. and Gerrard St., looking south-west. Fonds 2032, Series 841, File 25, Item 4 City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright is held by the City of Toronto.

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South east corner of Broadview Gerrard. City of Toronto Archives.

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Wong’s Aquarium Broadview & Gerrard 1984. Photo by Annette Mangaard, Toronto Public Library.

Gerrard St E., north side, east of Broadview

Gerrard St E., north side, east of Broadview Creator: Harvey R. Naylor Date: July 21, 1982 Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 60, Item 151 Credit: City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner.

Gerrard St E., south side, east of Broadview

Gerrard St E., south side, east of Broadview Creator: Harvey R. Naylor Date: July 21, 1982 Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 60, Item 150 Credit: City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner.

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Eastdale Collegiate – rear of building July 23, 1983 Toronto Public Library

Miscellaneous, Railway Lands. - [between 1977 and 1998]

Carlaw looking south from south of Gerrard – [1980s] Miscellaneous, Railway Lands. – [between 1977 and 1998] File consists of 99 photographs, 65 architectural drawings and illustrations, and 47 architectural models depicting Railway Lands urban development.

Miscellaneous, Railway Lands. - [between 1977 and 1998]

Carlaw looking south from south of Gerrard – [1980s] Miscellaneous, Railway Lands. – [between 1977 and 1998] File consists of 99 photographs, 65 architectural drawings and illustrations, and 47 architectural models depicting Railway Lands urban development.

Gerrard St E., at Logan, southeast corner

Gerrard St E., at Logan, southeast corner Creator: Harvey R. Naylor Date: August 16, 1983 Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 60, Item 152 Credit: City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner.

Store front at Gerrard St E. September 5, 1984 Creator: Harvey R. Naylor Date: August 16, 1983 Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 60, Item 155 Credit: City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner

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Store front at Gerrard St E. September 5, 1984 Creator: Harvey R. Naylor Date: August 16, 1983 Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 60, Item 155 Credit: City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner

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Store front at Gerrard St E. September 5, 1984 Creator: Harvey R. Naylor Date: August 16, 1983 Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 60, Item 153 Credit: City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner

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Firehall, Gerrard & Carlaw, 1986. Toronto Public Library

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Carlaw and Gerrard Streets – looking north on Gerrard, 1986. Toronto Public Library.

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Pape Recreational Centre Pape & Gerrard, 1986 Toronto Public Library

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Pape Ave. looking n. from n. of Gerrard St. E. showing CNR crossing, 1986. Toronto Public Library.

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Gerrard Square, Pape and Gerrard St. (north side) 1986, Toronto Public Library

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Ecstasy: Miss Teen Toronto; Sharon Reilly; 16; of Rexdale was delighted at coming first in the pageant at Gerrard Square last night. North Albion Collegiate student wants to be a nutritionist. Feb. 3, 1982. Photographer: Darrell Dick, Toronto Star. Toronto Star License.

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600 people turn out for about 80 jobs; More than 600 job-seekers crammed the site of a new hopping plaza at Gerrard and Pape today as Horizon stores; a subsidiary of the T. Eaton Co.; began taking applications for 25 full-time and 50 to 60 part-time jobs in such categories as sales people; cashiers and caretakers, June 17, 1975. Photo by Boris Spremo, Toronto Star. Toronto Star License.

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Gerrard St north side, (standing on Marjory Ave) 1986 Toronto Public Library

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Duk Shing Food Company (Gerrard & Marjory) July 1986, Toronto Public Library.

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Ingram Funeral Home Jones & Gerrard July 1986 Toronto Public Library

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Riverdale Collegiate 1986 Toronto Public Library

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Riverdale United Church 1986 1117 Gerrard E. Toronto Public Library

Crosswalk overhead signs located on Gerrard at Leslie, looking east

Crosswalk overhead signs located on Gerrard at Leslie, looking east over the Devil’s Hollow Creator: Harvey R. Naylor Date: April 11, 1984 Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 40, Item 59 Credit: City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner.

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Store front, Clayton Chocolates Sept. 11, 1984 City of Toronto Archives.

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In 711 store at 1274 Gerrard St East, March 6, 1984 Photo by Mike Slaughter, Toronto Star. Toronto Star License.

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Chaat Hut owner Krishan Vig and son Ashim Vig stand outside Ashim’s Bar-Be-Que Hut; where tandoori dishes come good and hot. May 20, 1980. Photo by Erin Combs, Toronto Star. Toronto Star License.

North & South Riverdale/Beaches/Street signs. - 1970-1989

Gerrard, just east of Hiawatha Road, north side.  Indian Bazaar. Archival citation  City of Toronto Archives. Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 383  Title  South Riverdale. Date(s) of creation of record(s) 1975-1988

 

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Naaz Theatre, May 9, 1980, Toronto Star License. Accessed at the Toronto Public Library.

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Indian Market: Each weekend; hundreds of Metro’s East Indian families shop and attend movies on Gerrard St. E. near Coxwell Ave. Merchants say that their customers are often verbally abused by young toughs. The ethnic slurs have some East Indians vowing to fight. May 23, 1980. Photographer: Darrell Dick, Toronto Star. Toronto Star License.

North & South Riverdale/Beaches/Street signs. - 1970-1989

Gerrard Ashdale Library. North-west corner of Gerrard and Ashdale [between 1970 and 1989]

South Riverdale. - 1975-1988

Indian Bazaar. Archival citation  City of Toronto Archives. Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 383  Title  South Riverdale. Date(s) of creation of record(s) 1975-1988

South Riverdale. - 1975-1988

Indian Bazaar. Archival citation  City of Toronto Archives. Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 383  Title  South Riverdale. Date(s) of creation of record(s) 1975-1988

South Riverdale. - 1975-1988

Indian Bazaar. Archival citation  City of Toronto Archives. Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 383  Title  South Riverdale. Date(s) of creation of record(s) 1975-1988

South Riverdale. - 1975-1988

Indian Bazaar. Archival citation  City of Toronto Archives. Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 383  Title  South Riverdale. Date(s) of creation of record(s) 1975-1988

South Riverdale. - 1975-1988

Indian Bazaar. Archival citation  City of Toronto Archives. Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 383  Title  South Riverdale. Date(s) of creation of record(s) 1975-1988

South Riverdale. - 1975-1988

Indian Bazaar. Archival citation  City of Toronto Archives. Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 383  Title  South Riverdale. Date(s) of creation of record(s) 1975-1988

South Riverdale. - 1975-1988

Indian Bazaar. Archival citation  City of Toronto Archives. Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 383  Title  South Riverdale. Date(s) of creation of record(s) 1975-1988

South Riverdale. - 1975-1988

Indian Bazaar. Archival citation  City of Toronto Archives. Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 383  Title  South Riverdale. Date(s) of creation of record(s) 1975-1988

South Riverdale. - 1975-1988

Indian Bazaar. Archival citation  City of Toronto Archives. Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 383  Title  South Riverdale. Date(s) of creation of record(s) 1975-1988

South Riverdale. - 1975-1988

Indian Bazaar. Archival citation  City of Toronto Archives. Fonds 200, Series 1465, File 383  Title  South Riverdale. Date(s) of creation of record(s) 1975-1988

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Bargain Harold’s, Coxwell and Gerrard, Dec. 16, 1990 Photo by Peter Power, Toronto Star. Toronto Star License, accessed at the Toronto Public Library.

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The Coxwell Avenue Kresge lunch, counter, 265 Coxwell Avenue, circa 1988, Photo: Doug Griffin, Toronto Star. Toronto Star License. Accessed at the Toronto Public Library.

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Shamrock Bowl, 280 Coxwell Avenue, n.d. Photo from Yelp.ca

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Shamrock Bowl, 280 Coxwell Avenue, n.d. Photo from Yelp.ca

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Toronto Star, March 24, 1969. Toronto Star License.

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View of Gerrard Street East, looking east across Hollywood Crescent

April 3, 1984 View of Gerrard Street East, looking east across Hollywood Crescent. Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 71, Item 172 Credit: City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner

View of Gerrard Street East, looking east across Hollywood Crescent

View of Gerrard Street East, looking east across Hollywood Crescent – April 3, 1984. Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 71, Item 173 Credit: City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner

Toronto skyline, along Gerrard east of Woodbine, looking west

Toronto skyline, along Gerrard east of Woodbine, looking west Creator: Harvey R. Naylor Date: April 3, 1984 Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 46, Item 162 Credit: City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner.

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Spring in the air?; These kids abandoned the mushy ice rink in the Ted Reeve Arena at Main and Gerrard Sts. in favor of the playground in the arena’s backyard. Its a sure sign that warmer weather is coming. But some of the kids; like the little one in the middle; still kept their skates on just in case. Photo by Dale Brazao, Toronto Star. Toronto Star License.

View of Main Street Bridge looking south-bound to Gerrard Street

View of Main Street Bridge looking south-bound to Gerrard Street Creator: Harvey R. Naylor Date: June 15, 1984 Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 72, Item 32 Credit: City of Toronto Archives http://www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner.

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June 26, 1977. Streetcar 4130 506 to High Park, heading south on Main Street in rush hour.

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Main Street Subway Station. Photo by GTD Aquitaine, From Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository

 

Take The Leslieville Historical Society time machine & go Christmas Shopping

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Photo by Don Dutton, Toronto Star, November 12, 1962. Toronto Star License.

With our time machine, you can shop locally, picking up what you want and need close to home.

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J. C. Cairns Coronet Clothes store was at 1044 Gerrard St. E. (Gerrard and Galt), 1952)

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Further back in time local stores looked much like this one at Christmas time, 1902. Toronto Public Library.

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You could go downtown to a toy shop like this one from 1900. Library and Archives Canada.

Or go to the biggest and most famous Canadian retailer.

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You could take the streetcar or browse their catalogue.

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T. Eaton Co. Christmas Catalogue 1897 

Browsing the 1897 Eaton’s Catalogue

https://archive.org/details/canadasgreatests00toro

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T. Eaton Co. Christmas Catalogue 1897 That girl’s tricycle looks pretty good to me! I wonder if the magical time machine can do it in plus sizes!

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T. Eaton Co. Christmas Catalogue 1897 We have an autoharp pretty much like this one. That fort for marbles looks pretty interesting. When we were kids we just used shoe boxes with holes cut in them.

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T. Eaton Co. Christmas Catalogue 1897

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T. Eaton Co. Christmas Catalogue 1897

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But why not go back to before there was an Eaton’s and order your Christmas goods from overseas. See A catalogue of Christmas, New Year’s, birthday and wedding presents, 1860. From Silber & Fleming Ltd., London, England.

by https://archive.org/details/SilberandFlemingACatalogueofChristmasNewYearsBirthday1860

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Front page A catalogue of Christmas, New Year’s, birthday and wedding presents, 1860. From Silber & Fleming Ltd., London, England.

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Let’s skip around a bit. Perhaps you an outdoorsy type like me.Browse Abercrombie & Fitch Co., New York : Christmas Catalogue, 1916 https://archive.org/details/abercrombiefitch00aber_0

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Postman with sleigh. - December 25, 1929

Postman with Sleigh, December 25, 1929

Leslieville Historical Society Remembers

Eleven Men of the 48th Highlanders
and Eleven Families among Many.

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Toronto Star, June 25, 1915

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Toronto Star, June 17, 1915

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Article on left, Toronto Star, June 1, 1916. The Cruxton family moved to 489 Eastern Avenue.

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Article on left, April 10, 1914. Painting by Mary Riter Hamilton, Trenches on the Somme, 1919, Library and Archives Canada.

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Article on the right, Toronto Star, Oct. 24, 1916. Photo Canadian Jocks repairing a road to Courcelette (Battle of the Somme). Library and Archives Canada

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One man among many, one family among man. Private Edgar Clayton, Sangster, 15th Battalion, #27405. Previously reported missing April 24, 1915, now for official purposes presumed dead. He was fighting in the trenches at The Bluff, Ypres, Belgium (Missing, presumed dead). Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres. Body not recovered. He was a coppersmith and lived at 264 Ashdale Avenue, Toronto, when he signed the Attestation Form on September 18, 1914. He was another “Original” of The First Contingent, 48th Highlanders.

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