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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

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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

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Welcome to the Leslieville Historical Society's website. Please feel free to join us, to ask questions, to attend walking tours and other events, and to celebrate Leslieville's past while creating our future. Guy Anderson, President, Leslieville Historical Society and Joanne Doucette, local historian and webmaster.

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