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Vintage Toronto Photos

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  • Vintage Toronto Photos

    This is one for the photography lovers, or the handful of people like me who don't hate Toronto for some reason. I found a Flickr photostream of interesting archival photos from the city.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/torontohistory

    The 1904 Toronto Fire Aftermath subset is priceless. Having just been to Front Street to meet friends and take photos of my own, seeing it as a burnt-out wasteland is chilling.
    Thick as wind-blown leaves innumerable, since 1985

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    Some great photos there DP!
    "I hate to advocate drugs,alcohol,violence or insanity to anyone,but they've always worked for me"

    Hunter S Thompson

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    • #3
      I gotta cross the northern border one of these years. That photo of the coal wagon up to its axle in mid-thoroughfare mud is a keeper.

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      • #4
        I've been to plenty of those places and the thought of Lansdowne Avenue as an unpaved rut-filled river of mud actually makes me laugh. I'm sure it wasn't funny to people with stuck carts back then.
        Thick as wind-blown leaves innumerable, since 1985

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        • #5
          Scenes such as those depicted in the photo we've mentioned above remind me of scenes I've read in fiction and non-fiction about how "the West" was pioneered and then settled (with "the West" being a geographic reference with a meaning that changed over time). The photo reminds me of passages from such books that describe filth, squalor, physical struggle, etc. in the South, where Mrs. GC and I were raised.
          Last edited by Guzzlecrank; 05-15-2010, 01:17 PM.

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          • #6
            As a jealous moderator I've taken the liberty to move this interesting photography related thread to the Photography section of Media & Entertainment which is in my bailiwick where other photo fans are bound to find it more easily .
            Google ergo sum

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            • #7
              No sweat, let it go where it's more appreciated I guess.
              Thick as wind-blown leaves innumerable, since 1985

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              • #8
                Thankyou Dylerpillar (and L'etranger)
                Fascinating pics

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                • #9
                  by-the-by, anyone been to Toronto University or still is who could find out a little more about my late godfather who was professor of German there? Only met him a few times as a small kid, would love to know what his reputation there was? 1950's and 60's I would guess... please via pm. Thanks!
                  Google ergo sum

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                  • #10
                    I head near U of T frequently as one of the bars/clubs I frequent is on College Street. I'm usually around there rather late so I hope you can find a student or someone who lives on the transit lines at least, but if you have no luck after a time you could private-message me about this.
                    Thick as wind-blown leaves innumerable, since 1985

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                    • #11
                      Very nice, thanks for the offer, but I want no one to invest a lot of time. Wrote to the university some time ago (and the RCAF for that matter, as Taylor was a retired officer) and never got a reply.
                      Google ergo sum

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