MEMORIES OF THE LIGHTS AT XMAS ON TORONTO’S YONGE STREET IN THE 1950S

Being a teenager in 1956, I purchased a Kodak Pony 35mm camera for the enormous price of $40, and at Christmas journeyed to Yonge Street to photograph the lights. Time exposures were required for night photography, and I had no tripod. I was indeed a novice at the task. Below are copies of four of the slides that survive from that decade.

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        Yonge Street, looking north from Dundas Street in 1956

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The Brown Derby, on the northeast corner of Yonge and Dundas Streets

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The marquee of the Downtown Theatre on Yonge, south of Dundas Street.

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The Le Coq’Or on the east side of Yonge Street, north of Dundas Street

For those who enjoy reading novels that explore Toronto’s past:

“The Villages Within,” nominated for the Toronto Heritage Awards: https://tayloronhistory.wordpress.com/the-villages-within/

“There Never Was a Better Time,” a story about young immigrants struggle to survive in 1920s Toronto: https://tayloronhistory.wordpress.com/there-never-was-a-better-time/

“Arse over Teakettle,” Book One  of the Toronto Trilogy, a tale of a young boy coming of age in Toronto during the Second World War : https://tayloronhistory.wordpress.com/arse-over-teakettle/

“The Reluctant Virgin, Book Two of the Toronto Trilogy,” a murder mystery in 1950s Toronto: https://tayloronhistory.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/second-book-of-the-toronto-trilogy-now-available-a-murder-mystery-in-1950s-toronto/

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