Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Yonge and Dundas 1950 /Then

A couple of great photos from the archives with a lot of detail.
Please click on image to enlarge.

Looking north. The Edison Hotel in the distance.
Looking south down Yonge from Dundas 1950

Toronto Star Delivery Van 1938

A very stylish delivery van for the Toronto Star from 1938. Built in the streamline style. Another postcard from the Chuckman Collection, well worth a visit.

Yonge Street 1922

301-309 Yonge Street in the 1922. It's the east side of the street and I'm sure it's the block north of Dundas. In any case it's all torn down now.

Vintage Yonge Street Postcards

A nice series of Yonge Street postcard through the years courtesy of Chuckman's Collection.

Yonge Street 1950/Then and Now

The N/W corner of Yonge and Walton, 1950.
The west side of Yonge between Walton and Gerrard in 1950.
The same block in 2010, relatively intact.

TTC Subway Entrance Tests 1948

Before the subway was built in 1950, these boxes were placed to replicate entrances and
I imagine to test the ergonomics of pedestrian traffic.

Yonge Street 1950

The east side of Yonge south of Gerrard in 1959. Bassel's is now the Big Slice, the Yonge Street Mission remains, The Bermuda Tavern is now Remington's,next a bubble tea shop and the Rio theatre is now an Adult novelty store....
Matchbook courtesy of Chuckman's Collection.

Yonge Street 1950

The S/W corner of Yonge and Walton.
The west side of Yonge between Elm and Walton in 1950.
Photos from the archives stitched together.

Edison Hotel R.I.P

A post card of the "Strip" from the 1960's from the Chuckman Collection.
A couple more shots of the late Edison Hotel at Yonge and Gould destroyed by a suspicious fire yesterday morning. The building to the right would later house the famous
le Coq d'Or Tavern.

A hand tinted postcard from Chuckman's Collection.
According to Lew, country music star, Tex Ritter (Father of John Ritter) played at the Edison bar in the 1960's.
There's an excellent article re: the Edison Hotel here.

The First Loblaw(s)/Then and Now

The first Loblaw Groceteria at 511 Yonge Street in 1919.
The same spot today.
An advert from 1945.