This photo was taken by a guy named J.J. Woolnough. He obviously had a pretty weird sense of humour for a Victorian dude. He was born in England, in Dickensian London, where he started an apprenticeship as an architect when he was just 14 years old. A couple of years after that, for some reason that Google doesn't want to tell me, he sailed across the Atlantic and settled in Toronto. Here, over the course of the next few decades, he worked for a bunch of different architectural firms – and also developed an interest in amateur photography (pun oh-so-very-much intended).
This photo was originally given the caption "Good Company... but he has seen better days!"
|The Horse Palace |
at the Canadian Nation Exhibition
|The Riverdale Fire Station |
Toronto Fire Station #324 on Gerrard East
|The Rosedale Viaduct |
the northern bridge on Glen Road
|Montgomery's Police Station |
on Yonge north of Eglinton, at Montgomery; now the Anne Johnston Health Station
|Gallery 1313 |
on Queen West in Parkdale
|The Toronto Water Works Maintenance Department |
on Richmond West at the end of McCaul, just south of Java House
|The Symes Road Destructor |
an old trash-burning factory near Weston and St. Clair, now rundown but apparently the subject of revitalization efforts, which you can read about in The Grid here