Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Dealey Plaza 2010

video
On a recent trip to Dallas, I stood on the same spot as Abraham Zapruder and shot this....

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

National Steel Car- Hamilton


I usually don't have much to say about Hamilton Ontario in a positive light. However this building in the east end is a fantastic example of Art Moderne architecture. It's the entrance gate to National Steel Car and appears to undergoing a very tasteful restoration.
Another classic example of Art Moderne is the Carlu in Toronto.
The Round Room at the Carlu.
Another lost example of Art Moderne at the corner of Yonge and College/Carlton.
The film playing, The New Centurions was released in 1972.
The car is, of course a AMC Gremlin, voted one of "The 50 Worst Cars of All Time" by Time magazine.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Wild Volkswagen Beetle

Nothing at all to do with Toronto but here's a crazy car spotted in Vancouver last year.

Eisenberg's, New York City


Eisenberg's Sandwich Shop in the Flatiron district has been serving New Yorker's since 1929.
This is my favourite "diner" in NY and always on the must visit list.
Here's a link to a short interview by Josh Ozersky with the owner, Josh Konecky.

New York Storefronts











On a recent visit to New York City I bought a great book about Vintage NY storefronts,
Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York, and decided to seek out some of the subject matter for myself.



Thursday, April 8, 2010

Old house on Peter Street

This old duplex on Peter Street is for sale. I don't know much about it but it's stucco on frame construction tells me it's very old. Even the windows are original single pane.

London Comic Convention 1974


A couple of handbills from the London Comic Marts from the early 1970's.

Cool Cars Around Town.













A very nice example of a Kaiser Manhattan spotted for sale yesterday in Oakville.
This one's not really around town...

Monday, April 5, 2010

The James Bond Connection

Sean Connery as James Bond.
Bond creator Ian Fleming lived in Toronto for a while during World War 2 while he was here setting up the spy training camp known as Camp X.
The commonly told story is that he was inspired to name his new character after the author of a book on tropical birds, James Bond.
However, while in Toronto he lived in an apartment on Avenue Road across the street from.....
Saint James Bond United Church.

Sadly the Church was recently demolished to make way for a new condominium.

I just finished reading ¨The Spy Who Loved Me¨and was surprised to learn that in the novel James Bond is returning from a mission in... Toronto.