Deja Views

This view of 1133-1131 Woodbine Ave. was taken on VE day in May 1945. The bunting and flags celebrated the end of the war in Europe. The Union Jacks at 1131 were displayed by an English family whose father served in the British army. The Treadway family, who lived next door, were rejoicing over the […]

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In the early 80s, a Beacher, trying to find a gift for their spouse’s second cousin’s birthday celebration, might have considered dropping in at Miracles. Proprietor, Norman Smith billed his business as “A wonderland store that has everything and something more.” This image was taken opposite Kew Gardens by Ann Patterson. Thank you Ann!

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The Woodbine ‘Bend’ or extension was built over 10 years, from 1955 to 1965. Wrapping around the southeast side of the old racetrack, it links Woodbine to Lakeshore Boulevard. Do you have an old photo you’d like to share? Please call me at 416-691-4774.

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The archival photograph was taken in the late summer of 1972.  To the left of the streetcar is the tail end of the Glen Stewart Ravine, which we now know as Ivan Forrest Gardens. The park was named after Beach resident Ivan Bruce Forrest who was the city’s Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for most […]

Deja Views: Sept. 6, 2011

For many Beachers, a ‘For Sale’ sign on a large property with a dilapidated house means pay dirt for developers. The old home would inevitably be torn down and replaced with two or more telephone booth-like structures.  But happily this is not the case on Lee Avenue. One of a few complete wooden houses built […]

Deja Views: August, 2011

Apart from tree growth, the Sewage Disposal Plant Pumping Station at Eastern Avenue and Coxwell Avenue has remained an isolated structure. This image was shot in May of 1915.

Deja Views: July, 2011

The archival photograph was the view across the street from a family-run business called Carter and Carter Photography. Ann Patterson, co-owner of the store, snapped this streetscene of Queen and Kenilworth sometime in the 70s. In 1981 the TD bank moved out and Summers restaurant opened. For the last two decades, Lion on the Beach […]

Deja Views: June 14, 2011

The time difference between these photographs is two years to the day. The renovation of this home is quite spectacular, even for Munro Park Avenue. You can also notice a difference in the amount of foliage, thanks to the extremely wet spring we just had. Do you have an old photo you’d like to share? […]

Deja Views: May 31, 2011

What a gift I received from Sonya Munro in this archival photograph. It was taken in 1902, just up the hill from Queen on Balsam. Isn’t it incredible how much a grouping of trees can grow in 100 years? Last issue’s Deja Views, taken on Hammersmith, in the 1920s shows a small boy standing on […]

Deja Views: May 17, 2011

A shout out to Natalee Gill who kindly submitted  this candid family photograph. Judging by the car, it was likely taken during the roaring 20s on Hammersmith close to Glen Manor Drive West. Do you have an old photo you’d like to share? Please call me at 416-691-4774