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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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Ad inserts from 1917 – part 3

Here’s another ad from the 1917 Toronto City Directory. Like the other ads in this series, this appeared several times in the directory. At the time, everyone would have known where the General Post Office was, I guess. This building … Continue reading

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Ad inserts from 1917 – part 2

Here is another ad insert from the 1917 Toronto city directory. This ad would have popped up dozens of times in the book. Rennie’s Seeds apparently always grow: The corner of King and Market Streets no longer exists – Market Street now … Continue reading

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