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Evocative Images of Lost Toronto

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I think this was taken from the chimney of the streetcar power house, about the only structure tall enough to provide a vantage point in that area. The TRC electrified in the summer of 1892. They added 2 x 1000 HP Corliss engines in 1893 when the rest of the streetcar system was converted to electric power. They had a 175 ft chimney.
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Early baseball in Toronto.
“Sunlight Park” was constructed in 1886 as the Toronto Baseball Grounds (beside the Don River, south of Queen St. E.).
The grounds became known as Sunlight Park after William Hesketh Lever opened Sunlight Soap Works south of the park in 1893.
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In 1905 F B Robins of the Erie Realty Co managed to take a rail spur through that park to serve the Conboy factory and the Gowans, Kent & Co warehouse. In August 1906 Robins arranged for the sale of the old baseball grounds to Standard Loan Co, run by his buddy "Wink" Dinnick. Baseball gave way to grasping capitalism.
 

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St. Leonard's Anglican Church Sunday School picnic, Bond Lake 1914 TPL

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in 1914 St Leonard's Anglican Church was on Bowood Ave in North Toronto. It moved to 25 Wanless Ave in 1921. So they probably reached the Bond Lake picnic grounds by taking the radial car north on Yonge.
 

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Looks like it was the Third Victory Loan campaign, 4 Nov 1942. Actor Spencer Tracy appeared on the steps of City Hall with the RCMP band. [Globe & Mail 5 Nov 1942 p. 4].
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Quite amazing to realized that this landscape (1926) is now the home of the Rogers Centre (Skydome), CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium in addition to many recent skyscrapers.
The foreground tower belongs to an earlier Union Station near Simcoe St. The bridge may be at Spadina
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Some images from Toronto's waterfront............
Hotel Hanlan, Toronto Islands c.1890 CTA
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Toronto Island Ferry Wharf, east of Bay Street c.1900 (Destroyed by Fire 1907) CTA
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Waiting for ferry to Toronto Island 1909 CTA
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Christie Hospital vets travel to Island 1930 CTA
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Toronto waterfront 1930 CTA
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