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    Evocative Images of Lost Toronto

    Hamburgers shaped like a puck and almost as hard?
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    Around 1900 this radial was powered by Wheelock-pattern compound steam engines from Goldie & McCulloch in Galt.
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    Hastings & Peterkin was a ghost sign in 1900. The firm was C R Peterkin, and they did picture framing. Stationary engineer running the steam engines was one John Bryan in 1900.
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    At that time Robert R Armstrong was a police officer.
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    Broad gauge, wood fired, one cord of wood every 20 miles.
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    Broad gauge, wood fired, one cord of wood every 20 miles.
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    In the early 1880s the city planted a lot of elms and maples on Jarvis Street. There seem to be lots of elms in these pictures. The Tussock Moth was a problem. They used to spray them with arsenate of lead. There should be quite a toxic soil legacy.
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    Christmas at old City Hall, 1950s
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    These mineral baths were based on a pre-glacial underground river known at the Laurentian Stream. It bubbles up in High Park and can still be seen oozing mineralised water into Soring Creek in High Park.
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    There were some major brickmaking operations in that area at the time. Leo Pears is one possibility, as also is the Yorkville & Carlton Brickmaking Co.
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    It was painted in 1870 by A Cox, possibly a copy of the 1803 picture.
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    James Matthews had a soda water place on the southern portions of Dovercourt Road, near Queen in the early 1880s. He was not in the business in 1873, so that's a new wagon for a new business.
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    I have been researching the engineer-caretaker who handled the boilers in that building when it was new, one Frederick W Owen. He moved on to Eaton's by the later 1880s.
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    The docks along the waterfront tended to look the same. Talk about pier pressure ,,,
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    The 1948 Might directory lists Acme Aluminum Foundry [G Thompson mgr,] 429 Main St N (Weston) Zone 4-249. It was on the east side of Weston Rd, next to the train tracks and north of Parke St. It is now 2387 Weston Rd, the Dream Nation storefront church:
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    One of the problems of sandblasting was the way the old bricks were made. Most ordinary Toronto bricks were fired with wood before 1914. So when you sandblast, it just disintegrates.
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    There are massive amounts of cordwood piled in the yard at Elias Rogers, and also on some of the fuel wharves. Cordwood was still used on a significant scale in 1894. You needed 5-7 tone of coal and a cord or wood to heat your house in winter. But this photo shows just how much space that...
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    The Globe confirms that this was the 1904 CNE: [Toronto] Globe 5 Sep 1904 p. 8. Sounds like a minstrel show.
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    The Old Plantation Show. A minstrel show in blackface?
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    A Peter Witt meets a sad end.

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