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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.
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
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
Near Church Street parking garage, March 2015.
Toronto, December 2014. I’m impressed that this person used multiple chalk colours.
When I was taking Google Street View screen snaps of national borders, I wondered: what happens if you cross from a country where people drive on the right of the road to a country where people drive on the left? … Continue reading
Here’s some more Google Street View pictures of national borders. Here’s Peru to Chile: The landscape here seems extremely desolate. If you travel here, it looks like you need to bring water, and lots of it. Borders in the middle … Continue reading
I keep being fascinated by Google Street View snaps of national borders. For example, here’s a snap of the border between Ecuador and Colombia: Here’s the view from the Colombia side: In rural areas, the border crossing employs less technology. … Continue reading
I love the very idea of Point Roberts, Washington. It exists because of a historical accident: when Canada and the United States agreed that the 49th parallel would be the western boundary between the two countries, they didn’t notice that … Continue reading