A Toronto Album 2: More Glimpses of the City That Was (No.2) by Mike Filey

By Mike Filey

A Toronto Album 2, significant other version to Mike Filey's immensely renowned unique album, is a photographic trip via bustling Toronto from the past due Thirties to the early Seventies. one of the 100-plus images is a quartet that indicates the amazing adjustments to Toronto's skyline over a half-century. Others trap the 1939 royal stopover at, steam trains of their twilight years, the evolution of the medical institution for unwell little ones, a glance at Christmas earlier, and glimpses of some landmark constructions we were not shrewdpermanent sufficient to maintain. A Toronto Album 2 is a souvenir Torontonians will treasure.

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He robbed a bank in North Toronto and found that this kind of work was easier and paid more. Boyd's new career came to an end a little more than two years later when he was captured robbing another North Toronto bank. Boyd was sent to Toronto's Don Jail to await sentencing. There he met Leonard Jackson and William Jackson (no relation), two other incarcerated bank robbers. The trio stayed for only a short time, escaping from the ancient structure on November 4, 1951. They were joined by Steve Suchan, and the quartet, now dubbed the Boyd Gang by the media, quickly resumed their bank robbing ways.

In the background of this photograph we see some of the myriad of old shops, stores, restaurants, and theatres that stood on the south side of Queen Street opposite the site of the new City Hall. Included in the mix were the Broadway and Casino theatres and Henry Stein's little pawnbroking shop, which over the years has evolved into Henry's chain of photographic and digital equipment stores. All the old buildings were demolished and the area turned into parkland. The Sheraton Centre Hotel, which opened in October 1972, now occupies the site.

Toronto was in turmoil until officers of the North York Township police force finally captured all four members of the Boyd Gang in a barn not far from the present Finch Avenue East and Leslie Street intersection. The gang members were quickly returned to the Don Jail. On September 29, 1952, both Steve Suchan and Leonard Jackson (who was with Suchan when the officer was shot) were hanged for the murder of Sergeant Tong. William Jackson and Edwin Boyd were given lengthy jail sentences. The former was eventually released and vanished into obscurity.

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