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That really looks like Winnipeg with the fort Garry hotel, followed by the union station and then the child’s building poking out the right of the station. The chimney on the hotel is very similar to the fort Garry.
Yep it’s Winnipeg and Vancouver for sure. Hotel Vancouver in bottom photo with the now Art Gallery in the foreground and North Shore mountains in the background.
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That really looks like Winnipeg with the fort Garry hotel, followed by the union station and then the child’s building poking out the right of the station. The chimney on the hotel is very similar to the fort Garry.
It's %100 for certain Winnipeg and Vancouver.
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Old Posted Jul 23, 2018, 2:03 PM
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We all know it is, but mislabeled as Edmonton in both cases.
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Toronto looks like a podunk midwestern city in this pic, like it would eventually be Fort Wayne, IN or Akron, OH or some place like that. It's hard to believe it would grow into one of the largest, most important cities on the continent.
I always thought it was impressive that many small American cities have buildings like this. There are lots of small American cities that had highrise office buildings in the 1920's that would have become significant heritage buildings in any Canadian city. The US had a golden era when it was far ahead of other major countries in terms of physical infrastructure development, and far ahead of Canada.

Partly that happened because the US economy was strong but also I think the skyscraper-in-a-small-town phenomenon may be related to the relatively large size of American companies. A lot of those Midwestern cities were really just large company towns where a huge percentage of primary employment was with a single employer. So that employer was big enough to have a fancy office building even in a small town. US head offices are also spread around more than Canadian head offices. Charlotte is one good example of this. There's no Canadian Charlotte.
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Source:https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca 1967

These workmen are having lunch in what will be the highest bar in Toronto when the 32-storey; $10 million Sutton Place apartment hotel is completed in June. The barman will serve from a sunken pit so patrons can savor both their drinks and the view. Chiefly a hotel; the 340-foot tower at Bay and Wellesley commands sweeping views in all directions. Picture at left below shows Bay St. carrying traffic south to the downtown area with Toronto Island in the background. Picture at right below shows apartments to the east with the eastern suburbs extending like a mat to meet the horizon.

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Old Posted Jul 24, 2018, 3:38 AM
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Am I missing something? Where are the workmen?
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LOL, I was wondering the same thing, I tried to find the other two images that are supposed to be with this set. Just imagine they are standing beside you.
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Toronto looks like a podunk midwestern city in this pic, like it would eventually be Fort Wayne, IN or Akron, OH or some place like that. It's hard to believe it would grow into one of the largest, most important cities on the continent.

What's kind of funny is that Toronto has historic landmarks of reasonably impressive size scattered around what is, today, considered to be different quadrants of the downtown. Things like Queens Park and the ROM being 2 km north of that pic, or Maple Leaf Gardens and Eaton's College Park being 1.5-2 km in another direction. But, at the time, they would have been islands of metropolitanism surrounded by leafy residential neighbourhoods.

Over 70 years later, Toronto still takes the same approach to city building, except those islands are much further flung in places like Yonge and Eglinton or North York Centre.
I'd say that Toronto's skyline at that time was more comparable to Buffalo than someplace like Fort Wayne or Akron, which were much smaller at the time than Toronto.
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I'd say that Toronto's skyline at that time was more comparable to Buffalo than someplace like Fort Wayne or Akron, which were much smaller at the time than Toronto.

While Toronto has pretty well always been in at least the top 15-20 largest cities in North America (and Montreal in the top 10-15), Canada was also traditionally a fair bit poorer than the States so we didn't quite have the skylines to match.

This did have its postivites and negatives though. While we don't have quite the same stock of grand old buildings that a once similarly sized city like Buffalo has; it did instead give us a finer grained built form than our American counterparts.
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Interesting. There appears to be the construction fence up in the right foreground for the provincial government buildings at Bay and Wellesley. The large rectangular building just up from that was just demolished last year. Then there is Addison Motors with cars parked on the roof - the facade of that building (originally a McLaughlin dealership) was incorporated into a condo tower. To the right of Addison's is the nice little walk-up apartment building that bit the dust about five or six years ago to make way for the Women's College Hospital rebuild.

Then there are two little houses with mansard roofs where the hideous Ontario College of Nurses Building went up about 30 years ago. In behind that, on College, is the Victoria Hospital for Sick Children, which is sort of semi-still existing (facade anyway) as the Blood Services (aka Red Cross) building.
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Looking north from the old north Toronto station at Marlborough and showing Yonge St. 1948

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We all know it is, but mislabeled as Edmonton in both cases.
What a great site, thanks for sharing that. Pics of all kinds too... love the old industrial ones as well.

A few of Hamilton:

View from the escarpment, 1946
(factories still very close to the downtown core back then)

https://ingeniumcanada.org/archives/...FkbW9yZT10cnVl


Old city hall and James St. N, 1949
(1890 city hall opened, sadly demolished in 1961; the big building at right-centre is the 1924 Lister Block, abandoned in the 1990s and renovated and re-opened in 2011; the building with the Tip Top Tailors sign and its foreground neighbour are being renovated now)

https://ingeniumcanada.org/archives/...FkbW9yZT10cnVl


Downtown from Gore Park looking westward, 1946
(some of this still exists, like the Right House at centre-right (4 floors, arched windows); the shorter building to its right was a Kresge's and it just got knocked down for two apartment/condo towers; the one with "Northways" on it has been partly restored but 2/3 of it sleeps beneath awful old paneling)

https://ingeniumcanada.org/archives/...FkbW9yZT10cnVl


Downtown looking east across Gore Park, 1949
(the taller buildings on the right are the Royal Connaught Hotel, now being converted to condos with new towers planned; the old post office just in front of that was renovated to become the provincial court)

https://ingeniumcanada.org/archives/...FkbW9yZT10cnVl


Western end of the harbour, 1949
(industry is gone today and there's less smoke from the rail yard... has slowly changed, plus new parks and a waterfront trail, but future redevelopment plans still await)

https://ingeniumcanada.org/archives/...FkbW9yZT10cnVl


Steel Company of Canada (later known as Stelco), 1952
(hard to appreciate how massive this complex was (and still is, on even more landfill into the harbour) from these shots)

https://ingeniumcanada.org/archives/...FkbW9yZT10cnVl


https://ingeniumcanada.org/archives/...FkbW9yZT10cnVl

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Some low resolution but interesting Halifax pictures.

North end of downtown in the 1930's:





After some of the land clearance took place circa 1960 (facing south):



More here: http://parkscanadahistory.com/series/chs/9/chs9-3m.htm

An example building (5-sided, built circa 1860) from the cleared area that's in that earlier fuzzy photo but not in the later one. This is the boarded up, pre-demo state:


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A higher resolution of an old Halifax archive photo. Northern Province House grounds, 1940's:


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That previous one is Ottawa in 1967-68.
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From Billings Bridge?
Billings doesn't go over Riverside drive. Must be Bronson.
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