Miscellany Toronto Photographs: Then and Now | Page 931

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    Those radial line rails were buried until about 1968-ish when they resurfaced Yonge more comprehensively - ie., dug deeper. I remember watching them uncover and then remove them. They ran where the parking lanes are now.. only on the west side of Yonge.
     
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    That's a colourized photo, by Canadian Colour. His logo is on it.
    http://www.canadiancolour.ca/

    She is Irene Ayers, Miss Toronto 1946 : Irene Ayers wears TTC guide uniform, and poses with tickets in hand at her home, 591 Rhodes Avenue. It was taken by Alexandra Studios - here's the original.

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    I'm getting a little overwhelmed staring at her and considering her height. I Googled and there's a lot on her, but incredibly, no pics that I found as stunning as this one. I still don't know exactly what it is about this pic, but it has elements of Mona Lisa to it...

    And I forget who commented on how well tailored the tunic is, but it really is, impeccably.

    Addendum:
    https://www.blogto.com/city/2013/01/are_these_ttc_uniforms_better_than_the_current_kit/
     
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    Olympia Lanes was a huge place in the late 70's when I used to bowl there. There was a large employees' league from Canada Life over on University that bowled there Monday nights for years. The main building on Edward Street connected through the upstairs levels with the space above the storefronts on Yonge Street as show above. (It was a few doors north of Edward.)
    BTW another nearby landmark at the time was the favorite watering hole for many bowlers - the Nickleodeon Tavern just down the street on the corner south of what is now Dundas Square. It was on the second floor.
    At Christmas time the Canada Life staff association also held a "Turkey Roll" at Olympia that would draw hundreds of bowlers.
     
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    Cool! I don't remember the lines running along Yonge but remember seeing them poking through the pavement at the Glen Echo Loop at the top of the hill. I might have had a beer at the Jolly Miller, but can't recall for certain (I might be mixing those memories with beer at the Algonquin further north). My dad told me about the radial lines and recall the old car barns at Bond Lake (Oak Ridges) and the old rights-of-way in the area were visible until they were built over. I recall going to relatives in Richmond Hill and you could see the church steeples from just north of Steeles (about where the CN York Sub crosses) and nothing but farms and forests in between.
     
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    As a child (1940s), living on Donlands and with no car in the family, we took the TTC everywhere.
    Some family friends has a small farm near Hwy.7 and Leslie St...........I think that was called the Langstaff area in those days.
    In order to visit the farm we rode the Danforth-Bloor street car to Yonge, transferred to the Yonge car to go north to the top of Hoggs Hollow where we caught the Yonge Radial car.
    That Radial ride was as exciting to a child as a trip on the Island ferry.
    I recall that we got off at the Langstaff stop and walked about a mile east to the farm.
    The Langstaff Prison Farm was visible at the north side of the road.........I'm not sure if it was called Hwy,7 or Langstaff Rd. in those days.
    Today, I'm totally amazed when I see that (once-countryside) location at Leslie and Hwy.7.
     
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    What is a prison farm? Forced labour camp?
     
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    A quick look at 'the internet' would give you an answer but, essentially, yes. Wiki describes a prison farm as: "A prison farm is a large correctional facility where penal labor convicts are put to economical use in a farm (in the wide sense of a productive unit), usually for manual labor, largely in open air, such as in agriculture, logging, quarrying, and mining. The concepts of prison farm and labor camp overlap. The historical equivalent on a very large scale was called a penal colony.[1]

    The agricultural goods produced by prison farms are generally used primarily to feed the prisoners themselves and other wards of the state (residents of orphanages, asylums, etc.), and secondarily, to be sold for whatever profit the state may be able to obtain.[2]"
    The Harper government closed most (or all?) of the Federal prison farms in Canada a few years ago.
     
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    It should also be mentioned that the Langstaff Prison Farm was a "low-security" facility intended for only the most "trustworthy" prisoners who were given the benefit of daily, outdoor work rather than being confined to prison cells.
    There were occasionally news reports of prisoners who simply walked away from the fields in which they worked. Most were quickly returned to complete their sentences - usually in a more secure facility.
     
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    Mimico Reformatory - aka Mimico Brick Works.
    Mercer Reformatory - Women.
    Central Prison - light industrial.
    (All of a similar bend.)

    Regards,
    J T
     
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    I did some Googling and came across this. One of the Langstaff buildings - 'Cottage No. 1' - survived and appeared in the 1980 film 'Prom Night'. Fascinating stuff; not the neighbourhood of my youth otherwise I would have gone exploring..

    http://t-location-scout.blogspot.ca/2012/07/prom-night-1980.html
     
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