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

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