Month: November 2016

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. 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. You can also find many of these artists (though not all) in the Collection of the Art Gallery of Ontario at: Many of these artists’ works are also in the Collection of the McMichael Gallery:   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.  

345 Carlaw Avenue: Then and Now

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. 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. …

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

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. 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 Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner   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  

Take The Leslieville Historical Society time machine & go Christmas Shopping

With our time machine, you can shop locally, picking up what you want and need close to home. Or go to the biggest and most famous Canadian retailer. You could take the streetcar or browse their catalogue. Browsing the 1897 Eaton’s Catalogue 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   Let’s skip around a bit. Perhaps you an outdoorsy type like me.Browse Abercrombie & Fitch Co., New York : Christmas Catalogue, 1916