Greg Chown provided this interesting illustration of historical research. He says:
This photo is a bit of a mystery to me. The Parkdale BIA has been using it in some promotions and I can’t seem to locate where it was taken.
Circa 1915 (there’s a car in the background)
The evidence is: Parkdale Taxicabs, a sign that appears to read Parkview Theatre and H.M. Davy.
Anyone have a suggestion? The mystery seems to hinge on the telephone number.
I think William Mewes has solved this one.
A Florist @ 115 Roncesvalles
A garage @ 113 (Taxis?)
HM Davy @ 105.
Wait! There’s still more on this one.
In the original photo you can see a lane between the florists and the theatre that leads back to a garage (according to the directory)
That garage still stands today and is the home of a friend of mine. It was originally a blacksmith shop and then operated as a garage until being converted to a residence.
This map from 1912 shows the blacksmith shop/taxi garage before the theatre was built.