Author Archives: davetill

About davetill

I'm a writer and occasional web designer. I live in Toronto.

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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YouTube testimonial

Toronto, December 2014. I’m impressed that this person used multiple chalk colours.

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Borders #5

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

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Borders #4

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

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Borders #3

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

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Borders #2 – Point Roberts

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

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Borders

For some reason, I became fascinated recently with looking up national borders on Google Street View. Maybe it’s because I have travelled to the United States recently and had to remember to bring my passport and had to go through … Continue reading

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