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Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now

actually those urls work fine without being looged in to facebook

Thanks for making this comment. Normally I would have stated the same thing, but lately I had taken notice that some of my "public links" needed a FB login first before becoming accessible from my Flickr pages. I know this doesn't make sense but I thought that might be the reason why the previous forum posting was made about the FB login to my Etobicoke historical pages. In any case, I have some interesting photos + comments on those pages for those who are interested in my specific areas of older Etobicoke. Generally speaking, there has been little to zero historical work done on this region and time frame, which just happens to overlap with my core interest + focus. Facebook is just my current dumping zone until I make my public WEB site accessible.
 
Then. Firehall No. 6. This was located on the south side of Queen Street, just to the west of John.

It looks likely that it was long out of commission in this circa early 50s picture - even the motorized fire equipment of the 50s wouldn't have fit in that small place - I'm guessing once horse drawn equipment was obsolete so was No. 6.

The 'tower' is for drying hoses...

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Now. September 2013.

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Cool! What's the history of the CityTV building? And what's it used for now, aside from getting things onto my television? (I know I can look this up but the hivemind here is way more interesting)
 
Hi moe45673,

DSC's link mentions the terracotta facade; which to me and I'm sure most others, is the primary historical and visual appeal of this building. On the third floor southwest corner there are a couple of 'books' worked in terracotta - a holdover from its origination as a publishing building; quite neat to see. This building is a bit of eyeball relief from so much brick in Toronto!
 
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Cool! What's the history of the CityTV building? And what's it used for now, aside from getting things onto my television? (I know I can look this up but the hivemind here is way more interesting)

Well, I have fond memories of the place. Charton's Coins and Stamps were on the first floor in the 1970s. My friend and I would make regular trips to buy stamps. We used to get a kick out of the streetcar driver at Yonge and Queen. He would bark "I'm only going to McCall Street!" and we always barked back "we know!" An added bonus: we used to dumpster dive behind the building and would pull out hundreds of dollars worth of used stamps on mail that a film distribution company in the building threw out.
 
I'm also wondering what those "roads" within the cloverleaf segments are about--service road remnants?

I don't wish to clog up this "before and after" thread with useless images, but let me provide a quick answer. While looking through my images I came across this aerial photo which was taken just after my prior posting, when the Dundas/Hwy27 interchange had just completed (1956-ish). What this shows is that those temporary 'roads' were where traffic was diverted (to the outer service roads) while the bridge was being finished. They would soon disappear as nature took its toll.

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Another thing I can draw from that aerial: it seems like the Morgans (later Bay/Zellers/Target) store postdated the rest of Cloverdale.
 
Another thing I can draw from that aerial: it seems like the Morgans (later Bay/Zellers/Target) store postdated the rest of Cloverdale.

Yes indeed. Cloverdale Mall grew in stages. The mall first opened in Nov 15 1956, probably a few months after this photo was taken. You will also notice, in the upper right corner of my photo, that the NE corner of the mall is missing as well. If you want to see "exactly" what hadn't been built yet by 1957, checking out this 1957/2013 comparison I made recently using satellite imagery:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4323200377573&l=a0b47b1951

I actually have a photo taken around that time, ground level, from just beyond the upper-right corner of my Hwy 27/Dundas photo of this thread, showing what the "missing part" of the mall looked like. It's always interesting to me to find photos of the same subject, taken from different perspectives but by different people:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3961046123943&l=754a7401cf

I'll also refer you to my short-list of early Cloverdale Mall photos and my running comments. These are just a few of what I have, and are allowed to show online right now:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3961045483927.1073741825.1814022886&type=1&l=65ae97ea04

Some trivia for everyone on this thread: the Bay's stylized "M" was taken/borrowed/stolen from the logo of the Morgan's department store as proven here:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3961111445576&l=9d2d99f6d2
 
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Yes indeed. Cloverdale Mall grew in stages. The mall first opened in Nov 15 1956, probably a few months after this photo was taken. You will also notice, in the upper right corner of my photo, that the NE corner of the mall is missing as well. If you want to see "exactly" what hadn't been built yet by 1957, checking out this 1957/2013 comparison I made recently using satellite imagery:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=4323200377573&l=a0b47b1951

I actually have a photo taken around that time, ground level, from just beyond the upper-right corner of my Hwy 27/Dundas photo of this thread, showing what the "missing part" of the mall looked like. It's always interesting to me to find photos of the same subject, taken from different perspectives but by different people:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3961046123943&l=754a7401cf

I'll also refer you to my short-list of early Cloverdale Mall photos and my running comments. These are just a few of what I have, and are allowed to show online right now:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.3961045483927.1073741825.1814022886&type=1&l=65ae97ea04

Some trivia for everyone on this thread: the Bay's stylized "M" was taken/borrowed/stolen from the logo of the Morgan's department store as proven here:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=3961111445576&l=9d2d99f6d2

Very very neat and cool research lansd.

Bayview Village mall, also an open mall in its original form, was the somewhat local mall for our family. There seems to be little internet conversation about the early Bayview Village. A picture of it here;

http://rstrathdee.com/willow/photosDowson.htm

and some other interesting early North York pictures as well.

Given todays weather, you have to wonder what the builders were thinking. :)
 

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