Monthly Archives: May 2016

Less is more

I could spend hours looking at old ads (and I sometimes have). Here is a Ford car ad from the Toronto 1921 city directory┬áthat was not afraid of blank space: This ad was a header page for a section of … Continue reading

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Ford’s Candies

Here’s another ad from the 1921 Toronto city directory: Luncheons and afternoon teas sounds so very very British. A Google search for “Ford’s Candies” turned up nothing, other than references to the late mayor Rob Ford handing out candy, or … Continue reading

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Nerlich & Co.

Here’s yet another ad from the 1921 Toronto city directory, since I enjoy them so much: Here’s a close-up of the top of the building: Did they really have a flag that read “Nerlich & C0.”? There are lots of … Continue reading

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Stop throwing away razor blades!

Here’s another ad from the 1921 Toronto city directory: I love the very idea of Broughton’s Pink Stropping Dust. Sadly, Google turned up no additional information on Geo. H. Broughton or his wondrous dust. It is seemingly lost to history.

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The spur of the moment

Here’s an ad in the 1921 Toronto city directory, placed by Might Directories, the people who created the directory: I wonder what training you needed to become an Addresser or Mailer. Did Might Directories have a reserve force of on-call … Continue reading

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Somebody counted them

Here’s a section from the Toronto 1921 city directory that caught my attention: The last sentence states that Toronto contains 1,802 streets and 121,311 buildings of all kinds. This means that somebody went through the city directory and counted the … Continue reading

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Garbage bin

Near Church Street parking garage, March 2015.

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