Street Scenes Summer: From Mud Roads and Plank Sidewalks Final chapter

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Illustration from “The Illustrated Canadian Forestry Magazine”, July 1923

Spring and Fall seemed to merge quietly in and out of Summer, so that the change was not as sharp as for the winter season.

Toronto’s Grand Summer Carnival, Barclay, Clark & Co. (Toronto, Ont.), 1890 Credit: The Toronto Public Library Digital Archive
City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1568

Ploughing and planting the market gardens was the first consideration in many places. The deep ruts in the road filled in, and gradually the mud roads were again ready for summer driving.

Credit: City of Toronto Archives, Series 372
Display of produce in store window ca 1910 Credit: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1244, Item 339D

Store windows took on a fresh look–painting and cleaning up was general.

Richmond St. W., north side, west from Yonge St., Toronto, Ont., 1899, Credit: Toronto Public Library Digital Collection

Street vendors and peddlers again resumed their selling from wagons and curb.

Vendor’s cart. Photo from Pinterest

The fruit peddlers shouting, “Strawberry ripe, Strawberry ripe” and selling at bargain prices

Fly Paper John with his top hat covered with flypaper, Honey & flies … a walking advertisement

Then “Fly Paper John” resumed his calling selling fly paper which he made himself. His cheery chant of “Fly paper all, Fly paper all, catch all your black beetles as well as your flys all” as he walked slowly along; the street, selling from a small wicker basket, was a sure sign of summer.

The Canadian Courier, Vol. I, No. 25 (May 18th, 1907)

The Woodbine races started, and on the 24th of May, we always watched the buggies, surreys, cabs and the final thrill when the coach and four would bring the notables down from the city to the races.

Moonlight excursions on the street cars. Victoria Park and the opening of navigation.

from “Toronto As Seen From the Street Cars”, 1894
Bryan’s Steamboat and Railway Time Tables, to and from Toronto, and Summer Resort Guide 1904

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The Corinthian and Passport plying from Toronto to Montreal. The Chicora, Cibola, Chippewa, and the Cayuga later on, on the Toronto to Niagara run. The Northumberland and Dalhousie City on the Port Dalhousie trip, and I think it was the Modjeska and Turbinia that were on the Hamilton to Toronto run.

15The loads of Strawberries coming by boat and train from Oakville and that district, all amounted to one thing, that summer was here again.

from “Beautiful Oakville”, 1897
from “Picturesque Oakville”, 1904-1905
The arrow points to the Dulmages’ Store on the north east corner of Queen and Pape where Samuel Herbert grew up.




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