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Evocative Images of Lost Toronto

hogdust

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Ha, nice story about breaking in during demolition. That would have been late-'80s or early-'90s, no? Such a pity, too, about Fire Pit. It was like Harvey's, but better quality. Apparently there's still one outlet in Mississauga.
Yes, Willow was good for the cheap double-bill. We saw quite a few films there as a family in the '80s, among them Stand by Me and The Purple Rose of Cairo.
Here's a pic of the Willow from what must be 1981 (I can just make out Eye of the Needle on the marquee). She sure wasn't all that pretty a movie palace.
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Yep, and Willy Wonderful, Hy and Zel's (still a few of these hanging in), and of course the bigger guys like Eaton's, Simpsons, et al.

Across the Street from the Willow was John Anderson Burgers. Good Times
 

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Yep, and Willy Wonderful, Hy and Zel's (still a few of these hanging in), and of course the bigger guys like Eaton's, Simpsons, et al.
and Howie's. I worked as a cashier at Howie's in the 80's. It was bought by Shopper's I think.

Funny what lurks in the recesses of your brain. I'm singing a radio jingle for Willy Wonderful in my head.
 

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Bikers at 2877 Danforth:

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Don Mills Shopping Centre and Curling Rink c.1960

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I'd date that picture closer to c1970 than c1960--the big giveaway: the Donway office tower can be glimpsed at the left edge.

We can also see here how an insufficiently weatherproof roof surface treatment and lack of painting/maintenance led to the curling rink looking *awful* by the 1970s.
 

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A small town in 1910, Malvern has now become a huge community in Scarborough.

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I was walking up York this morning, and saw they are re-facing the wall in the alley along Bardi's steakhouse, revealing what was underneath.

The wall is a large advertisment for the Midway Sewing Machine Company, Est 1878.

Not sure if this the right thread, and not a great quality shot, but worth discussion I hope.

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how did this section come to be revealed. there does not seem to be any footprint for a building next to it...

Look at streetview of the alley beside Bardi's. The wall was covered in those coloured tiles for as long as I remember it. They are removing the tiles for some reason.
 

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