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Few changes in 77 years at the corner of Hepbourne and Ossington in Toronto

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Hepbourne and Ossington 77 years apart
Certain sections of Toronto have changed quite a bit, and others, like the corner of Hepbourne and Ossington in Bickford Park have changed very little.

So maybe the neighbours couldn't decide on the colour of the roof, and there are certainly more trees and greenery in the modern picture (a screen capture from Google Street view), but overall very little has changed from the March 22nd, 1934 photo (from the City of Toronto Archives). In particular it is nice to see that the detailing above the store window has survived.

Alexandra Gates on Bloor Street near the ROM

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Alexandra Gate on Avenue Road ca 1901
I've finally started categorizing the historic Toronto Photos I've been geo-tagging, and used the Alexandra Gates on Bloor Street near the ROM as a sample while I get the code working as I'd like.

Built in 1901, they originally stood on the south side of Bloor at Avenue Road, but you can see all the details and a variety of sketches and photos on the Historic Alexandra Gates in Toronto webpage. Here's a wonderful postcard looking north through the gates around 1901:

TED video - Eric Sanderson pictures New York before the City

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I'm a huge fan of TED videos - I was watching one while doing the dishes looking out over Nottawasaga Bay and thought I'd post it here. From the TED site:

"Before becoming the center of the Western cultural universe, Manhattan was Mannahatta, 'Island of many hills,' in the language of 17th-century Native Americans. Using computer modeling, painstaking research and a lot of legwork, Wildlife Conservation Society ecologist Eric Sanderson has re-envisioned, block by block, the ecology of Manhattan as it was when Henry Hudson first sailed into the forested harbor in 1609."

85 years of Dundas and McCaul

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Old and the new Dundas and McCaulYou've probably seen some great blendings of old and new photos, and I thought I'd give it a try. This one is of a Toronto Archives photo from May, 1923, and the Google Street View from the same corner. I resized the two photographs to match, then blended them using The Gimp.

The streetcar tracks and houses on the north side of McCaul haven't changed too much, but the AGO on the south is rather new. As with many photos of Toronto, the telephone and hydro wires and poles bring the two images together nicely.

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