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CHARLES DOBIE : LOCAL HISTORY
TORONTO, ONTARIO
Photos by Charles Dobie

Toronto streets, autumn of 1972

This records an afternoon of wandering through Toronto streets with my camera. Today I can't imagine limiting myself to 21 photos in an afternoon, but in the days of film it wasn't unusual. I started off from my home on Spruce Street, walked up Parliament to Carlton, then west to Allan Gardens, then down Yonge, probably to Queen, then to City Hall. The photos after the popcorn vendor at City Hall are at the China Mall on Spadina (I only posted one here) then I ended up down on King Street at the site of the demolished Toronto Star building. I was hoping to get some shots of my old workplace but it had completely disappeared. These 18 photos of the 21 on the film, are posted in the order they were taken.

Looking north on Pariiament Street, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 1. Two young women walking south on Parliament Street. The new buildings of St. Jamestown are in the distance. This is the crosswalk at the intersecton of Carlton and Parliament.

Carlton Street, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 2. A wreck gets towed at the south-east corner of Carlton and Parliament Streets.

Carlton Street, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 3. Looking west along Carlton.

Carlton Street, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 4. It is hard to believe that this part of Carlton Street used to be an actual neighbourhood where kids played on the sidewalks. The intersection of Carlton & Sherbourne is in the distance.

Speakers in Allan Gardens, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 5. Speakers in Allan Gardens. I think this was a rally of the Edmund Burke Society.

Allan Gardens, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 6. Spectators or participants in a rally in Allan Gardens. I think this was a rally of the Edmund Burke Society.

Allan Gardens, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 7. Spectators or participants in a rally in Allan Gardens. I think this was a rally of the Edmund Burke Society.

Allan Gardens, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 8. Speaker at a rally in Allan Gardens. I think this was a rally of the Edmund Burke Society.

Shoeshine boy, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 9. Shoeshine boy, probably on Yonge Street..

Yonge Street, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 10. Boys on Yonge Street. This is probably the corner of Yonge & Dundas before the Eaton Centre ate everything.

Old City Hall, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 11. Popcorn vendor in front of Old City Hall.

China Mall, Spadina Avenue, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 12. China Mall, Spadina Ave..

Chevy Malibu, King Street, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 13. Four women in a Chevy Malibu on King Street.
The hoardings hide the demolished Toronto Star building.

Site of Toronto Star, King Street, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 14. This is the site of the demolished Toronto Star building, where the Bank of Montreal now stands.

Site of Toronto Star, King Street, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 15. This is the site of the demolished Toronto Star building, where the Bank of Montreal now stands.

Site of Toronto Star, King Street, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 16. This is the site of the demolished Toronto Star building, where the Bank of Montreal now stands.

Site of Toronto Star, King Street, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 17. This is the site of the demolished Toronto Star building, where the Bank of Montreal now stands.

Site of Toronto Star, King Street, Toronto, 1972.

Photo 18. This is the site of the demolished Toronto Star building, where the Bank of Montreal now stands.




Photographs Copyright © 1972- by Charles Dobie.


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