Aug. 17, 2016

When Willowdale was a Toronto suburb

It's 1955 on a sweltering summer afternoon at Yonge and Sheppard, looking southeast from beneath the protective overhang of the Dempsey Brothers’ store. To the right of the new branch of the Bank of Toronto is Joseph Christie Bales’ farmhouse, soon to be demolished for a plaza. From Willowdale: Yesterday's Farms, Today's Legacy. (ted chirnside / toronto public library/courtesy dundurn)