Monthly Archives: April 2016

Signing autographs

Regions Field, Birmingham, Alabama, April 2016. Advertisements

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Men’s restaurant

Page 946 of the 1900 Toronto city directory, which I mentioned yesterday, contains this ad at the top of the page: I’m not sure why Mr. McConkey restricted his restaurant to men only. I can guess, but the answer probably … Continue reading

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Departmental stores

The back part of the old Toronto city directories featured the equivalent of the Yellow Pages of modern (or at least pre-Internet) times: lists of businesses, sorted in alphabetical order by business type. Page 946 of the 1900 city directory … Continue reading

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Ad inserts from 1917 – part 7

Here’s the last of the ads I captured from the 1917 Toronto city directory. Like the others, this would have appeared probably dozens of times in the book. I liked this one because it was the perfect firm name for … Continue reading

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Ad inserts from 1917 – part 6

Here is yet another ad from the 1917 Toronto city directory: I think that’s a horseshoe, but it might be a croquet hoop. Or a snake. I can’t tell. The building at 105 Roncesvalles Avenue today looks old, so it might … Continue reading

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Ad inserts from 1917 – part 5

Here’s yet another ad from the 1917 Toronto city directory. This one probably appeared more often than any other. This wasn’t a very good drawing – it appears to have been a redrawing from another ad. Rogers Coal was founded … Continue reading

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Ad inserts from 1917 – part 4

Here’s another ad that appeared repeatedly in the 1917 Toronto city directory: 10 Dalhousie Street now houses a legal firm. The building looks old enough to have been the same one that Stephen’s Auto Livery was in. Even in 1917, … Continue reading

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