Life in Toronto, mid-1950s

Rudy, Hardy, Roland

Added 2012-01-27

Here are some wonderful historic photos of me and my brothers in the mid-1950s. Many thanks to my darling mother who loaned me the prints, each of which measured approximately 5cm square—they sure scanned nicely, didn't they Mom?

The first two snapshots were taken in the house we rented briefly in Don Mills in October 1953, when we came to Canada. Roland was 4 months old when we arrived, and 9 months old when we moved to "the cottage."

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In March of 1954 we moved to "the cottage" on Dixon Road. This apparently was someone's actual cottage, being pretty much outside of Toronto, in York Township. The rent was more affordable than an actual house, and Mom took care of our family of five in a shack the size of your average two-car garage.

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Judging by Roland's appearance, I'd say the winter pictures above were taken in the winter of 1954-55, rather than in early 1954, and the summer pictures which follow were taken in 1955. We stayed in "the cottage" just over a year, until July of 1955, when we moved to Magwood Court in the Humber valley.

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Here's an aerial photograph dated 1954 showing the location of "the cottage" on Dixon Road. I am certain that this is the correct location, because I have very clear memories of going down to the creek behind "the cottage" hoping to catch a fish with a string on a pole and a safety pin as a hook. Yes, there were fish.

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This aerial photo can be found at http://library.mcmaster.ca/maps/airphotos/zoom/1954-1955_436793.htm. There are many more of these photos of southern Ontario at http://library.mcmaster.ca/maps/airphotos/1954_55.htm.

Below is the same area, today, as taken from Bing Maps via http://www.flashearth.com/?lat=43.694953&lon=-79.552498&z=16.3&r=0&src=msl.

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The creek near the apartments is gone, but it appears at the southwest corner of Dixon and Islington, from where it can be traced all the way to the Humber beside Scarlett Road north of Eglinton.

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