Toronto Then and Now: Queen Street West - The Intrepid

Monday, August 10, 2009

Toronto Then and Now: Queen Street West

Then
Toronto Then and Now Queen Street West
387 Queen Street West. (1959)

Now
Toronto Then and Now Queen Street West
387 Queen Street West. (2009)

The arrow in the "then" photo is pointing to CIL Paints (387 Queen Street West). Today, the same space is occupied by Katie Fashion: one of the many women's clothing stores that clog Queen Street West.

Bonus history: The precursor to CIL (Canadian Industries Limited) was formed in 1910 when five Canadian explosives companies merged to form CXL (Canadian Explosives Company). In the 1920s, the company diversified into paint and varnish and then changed its name to CIL in 1927.

The 1959 photo of Queen Street West comes from the City of Toronto Archives; the 2009 photo is by Stephen M.

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