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    And I've made reference to it before, but notice, in the last photo, *two* CIBCs in the same block--one on the corner, one on the far right (presumably one of them--the latter?--was a former Imperial Bank; they merged in 1961)


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    Quote Originally Posted by adma View Post
    And I've made reference to it before, but notice, in the last photo, *two* CIBCs in the same block--one on the corner, one on the far right (presumably one of them--the latter?--was a former Imperial Bank; they merged in 1961)
    Quite rightly. Similar to the rationalization of branches when Canada Trust merged with TD.

    The SE corner of Y&E: an elegant building with great signage, almost the same height as the building itself:



    And another view of the (now-abandoned) bus bays at the Eglinton station looking north:

    Last edited by thecharioteer; 2011-Oct-12 at 00:44.

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    Markham Street in autumn 1924:



    Fall fashions:







    Last edited by thecharioteer; 2011-Oct-13 at 15:52.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecharioteer View Post

    How in the world did those well-dressed ladies ever get themselves up on the benches for a better view?
    Would they have to rely on assistance from a nearby gentleman?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thecharioteer View Post
    The SE corner of Y&E: an elegant building with great signage, almost the same height as the building itself:

    I'm really intrigued by how such rooftop bank signage became a phenomenon going into the 1960s (also cf. the TD at the NE corner in the earlier photo)--esp. since prior to that time, decorum seemed to dictate against such aggressive financial-services advertising/signage (instead, you had rooftop advertising for more profane stuff like food and automobile products).

    Dunno where else CIBC roof signs of that scale existed in Toronto--though there were more modest versions, like atop the IOOF building at Yonge + College. (And I remember a few of those TD orb-in-a-flowerpot signs: Vic Park + O'Connor, Bloor & Jane, etc)

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    This may be the wrong site for such a photo but I couldn't resist the temptation of posting this wonderful image of Canada's self-promotion efforts in 1905.
    I believe the photo was taken in the USA.


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    "I believe the photo was taken in the USA."
    Prof Goldie

    That could be, however the sign painter was either Canadian or English having lettered one panel as "FAITHFUL LABOUR".

    BTW, plate, not safety glass enclosing the cab.

    Regards,
    J T
    Last edited by J T CUNNINGHAM; 2011-Nov-16 at 08:10.
    IF only I had of questioned then, for the answers needed now . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by J T CUNNINGHAM View Post
    "I believe the photo was taken in the USA."
    Prof Goldie

    That could be, however the sign painter was either Canadian or English having lettered one panel as "FAITHFUL LABOUR".

    BTW, plate, not safety glass enclosing the cab.

    Regards,
    J T
    What is most interesting to myself is that this is a rubber tired ELECTRIC tram car.

    It also appears to be very well lit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by adma View Post
    I'm really intrigued by how such rooftop bank signage became a phenomenon going into the 1960s (also cf. the TD at the NE corner in the earlier photo)--esp. since prior to that time, decorum seemed to dictate against such aggressive financial-services advertising/signage (instead, you had rooftop advertising for more profane stuff like food and automobile products).

    Dunno where else CIBC roof signs of that scale existed in Toronto--though there were more modest versions, like atop the IOOF building at Yonge + College. (And I remember a few of those TD orb-in-a-flowerpot signs: Vic Park + O'Connor, Bloor & Jane, etc)
    There was one just a block over at Mount Pleasant, as seen in this photo from Transit Toronto

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    King and Bay:


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    Quote Originally Posted by thecharioteer View Post
    King and Bay:


    Wow. I've never seen this one before--what a wonderful shot of the death knell for the Bank of Toronto building. I guess I had assumed all the buildings came down at the same time for the TD Centre, or at least for the main tower and banking pavillion. Makes you wonder, for a brief second, could they have retained the old building? It was such a pretty thing, although the Mies pavillion is beautiful in its own right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anna View Post
    There was one just a block over at Mount Pleasant, as seen in this photo from Transit Toronto
    Pretty clumsy way to throw a (dial) clock into the mix. (Though endearingly so.)

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    A wet Yonge, not too long ago.

    Goldie

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    Beautiful pic, Goldie. Love the colours....

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    '63 Pontiac, '64 Pontiac, '61/'62 Pontiac, Vauxhall, '70? Buick.

    Regards,
    J T
    IF only I had of questioned then, for the answers needed now . . .

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