Calendars celebrate Bluffs history

Nov 17, 2017

Photo courtesy of the Scarborough Archives.

Cliffside and the the Scarborough Bluffs c. 1950, looking NW from the bottom of Midland Ave. Scarborough Archives.

If you’re interested in local history, you want to get a copy of the free 2018 calendar being distributed by real estate agent Ray Cochrane.

Ray Cochrane 2018 calendarThe calendar celebrates the rich history of communities in the Scarborough Bluffs and it really is superb.

Last year’s calendar focussed on Birch Cliff in honour of the 100th anniversary of Birch Cliff Public School.

This year, Cochrane has expanded and created three separate calendars for Birch Cliff, Cliffside and Fallingbrook/Hunt Club.

6,000 copies have been printed and they’re being delivered door-to-door.

Each calendar features short histories of the neighbourhood accompanied by wonderful colourized historical photographs.

The team did a great job combing the archives because there are some photos that even local history buffs may not have seen.

Congratulations to Cochrane and his team (Astrid Bloemen, Andrew Croft and Ashley Ashbee) on a brilliant piece of marketing that you’ll actually want to receive in your mailbox.

Birch Cliff News has received permission to publish portions of the calendar, below.

A 1949 photo of the Birchcliff movie theatre, at 1535 Kingston Rd., south side, just west of Valhalla Blvd., where townhouses now stand.

The Birchcliff movie theatre, c. 1949, 1535 Kingston Rd., just west of Valhalla Blvd., where townhouses now stand. Scarborough Archives.

 

Cliffside. 1910. Stinson's at the southeast corner of Midland Ave. and Kingston Rd. Courtesy Scarborough Archives.

Cliffside, c. 1910. Stinson’s at the southeast corner of Midland Ave. and Kingston Rd. Scarborough Archives.

Click on the calendar text below to enlarge the font.Ray Cochrane BirchCliff calendar 2018 history page

"Falling Brook", the summer home built by railroad Baron Sir. Donald Mann, burned down in 1930. SE corner Kingston Rd. and Fallingbrook

“Falling Brook”, the summer home built by railroad Baron Sir. Donald Mann, burned down in 1930. SE corner Kingston Rd. and Fallingbrook. Scarborough Archives.

 

Birch Cliff c.1930. The Birchmount Groceteria, formerly A. E. Mitchell's store, north side of Kingston Rd, just west of Birchmount. Photo courtesy of Scarborough Archives.

Birch Cliff c.1930. The Birchmount Groceteria, formerly A. E. Mitchell’s store, north side of Kingston Rd, just west of Birchmount. Scarborough Archives.

Click on the calendar text below to enlarge the font.Ray Cochrane Cliffside calendar 2018 history page

Cliffisde c. 1962. The Bo-Peep Restaurant, now the Cliffside Bistro. Photo courtesy of Scarborough Archives.

Cliffisde c. 1962. The Bo-Peep Restaurant, now the Cliffside Bistro. Scarborough Archives.

 

Hunt Club c. 1951. Fallingbrook Pharmacy and retail strip at Kingston Rd. and Fallingbrook. Photo courtesy of Scarborough Archives.

Hunt Club c. 1951. Fallingbrook Pharmacy and retail strip at Kingston Rd. and Fallingbrook. Scarborough Archives.

Click on the calendar text below to enlarge the font.Ray Cochrane HuntClub calendar 2018 history page

Birch Cliff c. 1950. The Bank of Toronto, NE corner of Warden and Kingston Rd. Canadian Architectural Archives, University of Calgary.

Birch Cliff c. 1950. The Bank of Toronto, NE corner of Warden and Kingston Rd. Canadian Architectural Archives, University of Calgary.

 

Cliffside, c. 1950. Kingston Rd. merging with Danforth Ave. looking east. Photo courtesy of Scarborough Archives.

Cliffside, c. 1950. Kingston Rd. merging with Danforth Ave. looking east. Scarborough Archives.

 

Falling brook Rd at the radial line c. 1927. City of Toronto Archives.

Fallingbrook Rd. at the radial line c. 1927. City of Toronto Archives.

11 Comments

  1. Steve Trowbridge

    Wow !! a lot of memory here , i remember most of the places and even the Birch Cliff theater, saw many shows when i was a kid .

  2. Robert Ayotte

    I love the calendar photos. I grew up in the area on Scarborough Cres. from 1950.
    I wounder if you could direct me to ware I could possible get prints.I also enjoy
    the BirchCliff News.Keep up the good work.

    Thanks. Robert

  3. Marilyn Chisholm Brockett

    Love these photos. We lived on Kalmar Ave and my Mom worked at the T. D. Bank.

  4. Monika D Peters

    I love it, it sure brings back the memories of the neighbourhood that I grew up in. I would love a copy of the calendar. Great Job, great idea.

    • admin

      From Ray Cochrane’s office: As calendars are limited this year and are still being delivered, we won’t know how many extras we will have until they have all been delivered in Hunt Club, BC and Cliffside. Anyone who didn’t receive one that would like one, please send me an email as this is the easiest way to track extra orders. Pls send to astridbloemen@rogers.com and let me know which calendar you are interested in (Hunt Club, BC or Cliffside). Hopefully we are able to fulfil all requests. Thank you!

  5. Don Hill

    My parents moved me to White Birch Rd in 1952 (65 years ago!!). Shorty after, I was taken to The Bank of Toronto to get my first bank account and I remember it being on the north side of Kingston Rd in one of the storefronts just west of the now Taylor Library.
    Unfortunately what remains of that time appears to be in danger of obliteration by the march of condos along Kingston rd, making this record so important to those of us who can remember and even more so for those who cannot. Thanks so much for doing this.

  6. Patricia Roche

    This is awesome. Would love a copy of the free calendar of photo’s!

    • admin

      From Ray Cochrane’s office: As calendars are limited this year and are still being delivered, we won’t know how many extras we will have until they have all been delivered in Hunt Club, BC and Cliffside. Anyone who didn’t receive one that would like one, please send me an email as this is the easiest way to track extra orders. Pls send to astridbloemen@rogers.com and let me know which calendar you are interested in (Hunt Club, BC or Cliffside). Hopefully we are able to fulfil all requests. Thank you!

  7. Barbara Beecroft

    How do I find this calendar ?

    • admin

      From Ray Cochrane’s office: As calendars are limited this year and are still being delivered, we won’t know how many extras we will have until they have all been delivered in Hunt Club, BC and Cliffside. Anyone who didn’t receive one that would like one, please send me an email as this is the easiest way to track extra orders. Pls send to astridbloemen@rogers.com and let me know which calendar you are interested in (Hunt Club, BC or Cliffside). Hopefully we are able to fulfil all requests. Thank you!

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