Monday, May 31, 2010

Cool Motorcycles Around Town

Honda 550/4 from the mid 1970's.
A Honda 550/Four done up as a cafe racer.

Dundas and Landsdowne/Then and Now

Looking east along Dundas Street West from Lansdowne Avenue in 1923.
The old Firehall on the right is long gone and replaced by a small parkette. On the left
St. Helen's Church is waiting for the steeple to be completed.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Dundas and Lansdowne/Then and Now

Looking west on Dundas Street West across Lansdowne Avenue 1923.
The same view today.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

King and John/Then and Now

The N/W corner of King and John at the turn of the century, The Arlington Hotel was located here.
This shot from the early 1960's shows Farb's Car Wash has replaced the hotel.
King Street in the winter of 1961 looking west from John Farb's Car Wash ("The World's Finest") is on the right. A closer look at the south side reveals Authors and Cox sellers of medical trusses (hernia belts) crutches, supporters and invalid chairs. Behind, peaking out is a sign for Wilcox Signs, still in business and now located on Dundas near Dufferin.
The same view in 2010

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Consumer's Glass Factory- Hamilton

Some interior shots of the abandoned facility.
More photos and information here.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

King and Dufferin/ Then and Now

Looking north up Dufferin from King Street in 1949.
The same view in 2010.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Evans Avenue/ Then and Now

This little strip plaza on Evans Avenue hasn't changed all that much in 50 plus years.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Vintage Hamilton Signs

An old Vitrolite glass storefront on Ottawa Street.

Because of the depressed nature of Hamilton's economy, time has stood still in many areas and as a result there's a wealth of vintage signs and storefronts. More to be added as time allows..

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Old Gas Stations

This one's on Dundas just east of Lansdowne.

I managed to take these pictures of an old gas station on the Queensway last year before it was demolished.
This one's in Hamilton. A good example of Art Moderne.

Monday, May 10, 2010

King and Jameson/ Then and Now

From King Street looking north up Jameson Avenue in the late 1930's.
The same view in 2010.
From King Street looking south down Jameson towards the lake.
The same view in 2010. All of those houses are long gone....

St. Lawrence Antique Market- Sundays

Green with envy.
Kind of Blue.
Click on any image for a better view.
Mellow Yellow.
Think Pink.
Green and Blue.
Baby Blue.
Black and White.
Every week, without fail this vendor sets up the most beautiful and colour co ordinated display at the St. Lawrence Antique market on Sundays. There's a different theme each week and it's worth a visit. Another vendor specializes in books on Toronto history as well.
More photos to come.....

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sorauren Park/Then and Now

Before the park, this site was occupied by a TTC maintenence Depot. For a short time in the late 1980's it was used a film studio. Captain Power was shot here.
Both Sorauren and Roncesvalles are Spanish names.
Colonel Walter O'Hara, one of the earliest land owners in Parkdale fought in the
Battle of Sorauren at the Roncesvalles Pass in Spain
during the War of 1812. He named the streets as a tribute.
The site today.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Sterling Avenue /Then and Now

From Dundas Street looking north, November 1923.
This building on Sterling Avenue is one of my favourites. It was opened in 1919 by the Northern Aluminum Company and was Canada’s tallest building until the Royal York Hotel opened downtown 1929. In fact, I believe it was the tallest building in the British Empire. It actually had one the first elevators in the country, and the only manufacturing facility to have one at the time. Later on it became the Aluminum Company of Canada and then Alcan over the years. It was a continuous sheet casting facility that was employed in making products for the automotive industry. Tower automotives largest client was Daimler Chrysler before closing its doors in 2006 and auctioning off everything in May 2007.