Decoding City Directories to find out more about your home, your street, your city

Ever wondered who lived where your home is long, long ago? Well, I can give you some idea because I have directories from the early twentieth century and the nineteenth century. But there are no street addresses in the earlier directories. Look at this example from 1866 for Leslieville. I think you’d agree that thereContinue reading “Decoding City Directories to find out more about your home, your street, your city”

Riverdale Gardens & the Edwardian Dream Home

We think of the Edwardian period as the time when King Edward VII, Victoria’s son reigned. That is the period from 1901 to 1910. For Riverdale Gardens, this is the period when Albert Wagstaff and others opened brick yards along Greenwood near the railway tracks. William Prust, Riverdale Garden’s founder, retired from his positions inContinue reading “Riverdale Gardens & the Edwardian Dream Home”

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 theContinue reading “345 Carlaw Avenue: Then and Now”

Get away from it all on the Queen Car: a virtual escape through Leslieville to the Beach

One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things. – Henry Miller The Red Rocket, Presidents’ Conference Committee Car. T.T.C., 1966 View of original Eaton’s store and Old City Hall at Yonge and Queen Street June 15 1971 View of front of Simpson’s with holiday decorations, Yonge and QueenContinue reading “Get away from it all on the Queen Car: a virtual escape through Leslieville to the Beach”

Carlaw Avenue: Rolph-Clark-Stone the Building

  If you had stood at the corner of Queen and Carlaw in 1910, you wouldn’t see many factories except Phillips Manufacturing Co. Ltd. on the west side. The land on the east side was owned by wealthy brickyard owner John Russell. A City Alderman, he somehow failed to pay his municipal property taxes. TheContinue reading “Carlaw Avenue: Rolph-Clark-Stone the Building”

Rolph-Clark-Stone Ltd., 201 Carlaw

  May my invention become known throughout the entire world by benefiting mankind in manifold ways through exquisite (printed) goods. May this only ever serve purposes of refinement, but never be abused for purposes of evil. May the Almighty Father grant this! May the hour be blessed in which I invented lithography!  Johann Alois Senefelder,Continue reading “Rolph-Clark-Stone Ltd., 201 Carlaw”

Time Travel Carlaw: Queen Street East Presbyterian and 181-183 Carlaw Avenue

Come with us way, way back to Carlaw Avenue 1921. We are going to walk up the east side of Carlaw all the way to Gerrard, experiencing some of the views and imagining some of the sounds and smells of Leslieville’s main industrial district. As we walk north away from Eastern Avenue towards Queen, weContinue reading “Time Travel Carlaw: Queen Street East Presbyterian and 181-183 Carlaw Avenue”