What I Miss About Toronto In 60's | Page 10

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by lrookies, May 23, 2016.

  1. W. K. Lis

    W. K. Lis Superstar

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2007
    Messages:
    11,996
    Likes Received:
    1,745
    Location:
    Toronto, ON, CAN, Terra, Sol, Milky Way
    The 1950's and 1960's were the height of television antennas on the rooftops (pointing towards Buffalo) and 300-ohm twin-lead wires down to the television set (singular).

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    And we had to sometimes add another antenna (small one pointing towards someplace called Agincourt) to get a clearer picture from the brand new Canadian television station called the CTV Television Network around 1961 (channel 9 on January 1, 1961 in Toronto)!! See link.
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2017

  2. Johnny Au

    Johnny Au Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2010
    Messages:
    4,268
    Likes Received:
    385
    Location:
    Near where the boundaries of North York, York, and
    More specifically, the Buffalo-based television stations have their reception primarily from Grand Island (more specifically near the Fantasy Island amusement park if I remember), perhaps because Grand Island is on higher elevation and is the municipality within Erie County closest to Toronto; many Buffalo-based stations relied on Torontonians for their survival.
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2017
    W. K. Lis likes this.
  3. W. K. Lis

    W. K. Lis Superstar

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2007
    Messages:
    11,996
    Likes Received:
    1,745
    Location:
    Toronto, ON, CAN, Terra, Sol, Milky Way
    Most of the rooftop antennas had to be grounded, either to a water pipe or grounding rod into the earth. It was to create a pathway for lightning strikes. Without it, lightning will follow the pipes and/or wiring inside the houses.

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    Same reason satellite dishes should be grounded.
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
    junctionist likes this.
  4. lrookies

    lrookies New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    21
    The last one kinda reminds me of a restaurant on Queen Street back in the early 1990's when I was a meter reader for Consumers Gas (now Enbridge). They grounded their rooftop satellite disc to the gas meter...not terribly smart, if you ask me.
     
  5. lrookies

    lrookies New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    21
    This is the house I grew up in at 478 Huron Street. It is known as the George C. Pidgeon House, donated to Bloor Street United Church in the 1950's...my Dad was the caretaker at the church from 1959 to 1992. We moved there in 1963 and my parents moved out in 1992 when my Dad retired. The bottom floor was a nursery school and we lived in the 2nd and 3rd floors. It was a house filled with warm family memories and love. After my parents moved out in '92, it was converted to offices...the United Church Observer had offices there. Recently they moved out. My wife and I were near there on Saturday April 01, 2017 and decided to have a look...the house now is an office to 4 different businesses (according to the note on the front door). Sadly it is starting to show its age and is deteriorating....the rot is showing around those big bay windows and the outside upper areas of the house (clearly visible in the photo) Unfortunately, Bloor Street United Church does not have the funds to restore it, which ultimately may spell its eventual doom. All things change, I guess.
     

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Apr 2, 2017
  6. W. K. Lis

    W. K. Lis Superstar

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2007
    Messages:
    11,996
    Likes Received:
    1,745
    Location:
    Toronto, ON, CAN, Terra, Sol, Milky Way
    With a lot of the formerly metal pipes being converted over to plastic or some other non-metal pipe, I can see that grounding rods will have to be more or more used. Hopefully, that is in the building codes, since the house's or building's electrical system also has to be grounded the same way.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. reggieintoronto

    reggieintoronto New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2017
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    2
    Fond memories of West Toronto in the 50s and 60s. My world was north of Bloor St between Lansdowne and Dufferin. Other things missed:
    the Milkman (milk in quart glass bottles with cream on top);
    the Breadman (Weston Bakeries stopped this in 1960);
    the Toronto Telegram (pink cover on Wednesdays);
    Popcorn carts (10 cents a bag)
    Pool Halls (not as bad as people thought and they had big snooker tables, not the little billiard tables);
    Saturday Kids Matinees at most theatres (10 cents admission);
    Landsdowne and Academy Theatres (around the corner from each other at Lansdowne & Bloor);
    the big and grand theatres like Lowe's Uptown, Eglinton, University and Imperial - all gone now;
    Fish and Chips delivered to your home wrapped in newspaper;
    5 and Dime Store;
    free admission to Royal Ontario Museum - used to go there all the time;

    and, probably from the 1950s:
    Mr Peanut - large statue on truck came by at least once a month;
    Ice Man - delivered ice to homes including mine;
    Coal Man - delivered coal to homes including mine. He would be covered in soot when he dumped bags of coal though our basement window.
     
    junctionist and lrookies like this.
  8. lrookies

    lrookies New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    21
    Awesome list!
     
  9. Johnny Au

    Johnny Au Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2010
    Messages:
    4,268
    Likes Received:
    385
    Location:
    Near where the boundaries of North York, York, and
    The Toronto Telegram was a working class conservative paper.

    However, it was much better than working class conservative papers today, including its successor, the Toronto Sun, by far.
     
  10. Admiral Beez

    Admiral Beez Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 28, 2007
    Messages:
    5,686
    Likes Received:
    557
    I've never understood why working class papers are so against organized labour or the mob taking action to improve their lot.
     
    Johnny Au likes this.
  11. Johnny Au

    Johnny Au Senior Member

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2010
    Messages:
    4,268
    Likes Received:
    385
    Location:
    Near where the boundaries of North York, York, and
    Easy: lack of post-secondary education

    It's also why the Toronto Sun has such an excellent sports section (despite the rest of the paper being worse than toilet paper); this does not mean that professional sports are only popular with working class conservatives.
     
    lrookies likes this.
  12. lrookies

    lrookies New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 10, 2011
    Messages:
    68
    Likes Received:
    21
    LOL...Yes great sports section....and "worse than toilet paper (LMAO)" is absolutely true. But I can give you a list of 10 people that would never touch the Toronto Sun regardless of the sports section without 1 thing ...the Sunshine Girl.
     

Share This Page