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Toronto: City of Commerce 1870-1960
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Toronto: City of Commerce 1870-1960

Images from yesterday and today of a city of factories, businesses, and storefronts

By Katherine Taylor

This book will be available 6th April 2021. We welcome you to place a pre-order.
$29.95 Paperback

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The bustling businesses of early Toronto are mostly gone, yet throughout the city there are reminders of them on buildings which still stand and fading ads to be seen on the sides of old buildings.

Toronto was a city of small commercial enterprises of astonishing variety. Unlike today, manufacturers held a prominent place in the city. Enterprising Torontonians established, ran and worked in factories making suits, carpets, home appliances, shoes and much more. There were confectionaries, butcher shops, barber shops, hat shops, clothing stores, hardware stores, groceries — and many others.

Advertisements for these businesses were often painted on their buildings. Many of these ads have survived even though the businesses are long gone.

Photographer and blogger Katherine Taylor started with these visual remnants of Toronto's commercial life, and in this book she recounts the stories of these old businesses, their owners and workers, accompanied with archival images and her photos of their still-visible fading ads. Familiar places in the city take on new meaning as she explores both famous and forgotten businesses from Toronto's past.

This book offers a new take on Toronto's rich history.

Katherine Taylor is a banker by day and history buff by night. Her blog, One Gal's Toronto, delves into the stories behind Toronto's old buildings and businesses, bringing them to life with archival images and new photos. Katherine's work has been featured in NOW Toronto. Katherine lives in Toronto.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 128 pages
Publication Date: 6th April 2021
ISBN: 9781459415478
Format: 10in x 8in
120+ colour and b&w photos

BISAC Code:  BUS023000, HIS006000
Imprint: Lorimer


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