A Toronto Album 2: More Glimpses of the City That Was (No.2) by Mike Filey

By Mike Filey

A Toronto Album 2, spouse variation to Mike Filey's immensely well known unique album, is a photographic trip via bustling Toronto from the past due Nineteen Thirties to the early Seventies. one of the 100-plus photos is a quartet that exhibits the impressive adjustments to Toronto's skyline over a half-century. Others catch the 1939 royal stopover at, steam trains of their twilight years, the evolution of the health center for ill childrens, a glance at Christmas prior, and glimpses of some landmark constructions we were not clever sufficient to maintain. A Toronto Album 2 is a souvenir Torontonians will treasure.

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Clair Avenue, 1959. When the Hollywood opened on the evening of October 27, 1930, it had the distinction of being the first theatre in Canada to be built specifically for the showing of the recently introduced "all talking" movies. Until then, all Toronto theatres had been con- structed as silent film houses. The Hollywood's brightly illuminated marquee was specially designed to make this part of Yonge Street look like a little patch of New York City's "Great White Way" The theatre was demolished in early 1999.

Moore, 41 Mike Filey 52 Before SkyDome ... Over the years a wide variety of new facilities have been proposed for Toronto sports fans. This one, a $60-million idea, was created by one of the city's leading architectural firms, Parkin Associates, and was proposed for a site north and west of Downsview Airport in North York. It would be built in three phases and, in its completed form, would seat more than 65,000 people, cover nearly 15 acres (with another 66 acres nearby for parking), and have a domed roof (a moveable roof was not in the plan).

In 1900, a "school branch" was established in Lord Dufferin Public School. Four years later the federal government passed the Penny Bank Act, and soon the Penny Bank of Toronto operated in other city schools and, by 1922, in schools throughout the province. The pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters collected in each school were taken to a branch of one of the major Canadian banks, where they were forwarded to the Penny Bank's main Toronto office, initially at Richmond and York streets and later at McCaul and Orde streets.

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