Then Versus Now : Bathurst Street and St Clair Avenue West

I really love finding old images of spots I go to nowadays. I was so enchanted when I came upon this Morning Hunt photograph (minus the ‘hunt’ part), that was taken 100 years ago near the intersection of Bathurst Street and St. Clair Avenue West. To think they were actually going hunting in this area with horses and dogs is hard to get your head around, considering what it there today.

To give you some bearing with regards to where this is, St. Clair Avenue is 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) north of Queen Street, which is considered to be right downtown. So this is a neighbourhood north of the city centre, but not that far north. My sister lives in that area, so when I went to visit her a couple of weeks ago, I remembered to snap some photographs from within the streetcar, looking north at the exact spot this old photograph would have been taken.

Then looking around the city’s historic photograph archive today, I found this second old photograph of the same intersection, taken 12 years later in 1924, shortly after the streetcar track I was traveling on was first laid. My photographs are taken from right around the spot that this vintage street car is sitting. Don’t you love that old car?!

I know my shots aren’t stellar however they were taken very quickly from a moving streetcar!

Thank you for visiting my blog! Wishing you a happy Wednesday.
xo loulou

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