G-Door Writing

I love graffiti writing. It dates back to Ancient Egypt, Greece & the Roman Empire.

Gdoor2 #1

These garage doors are in an alley west of Ossington, north of Queen W. .

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Thinking of a line from a “Simon & Garfunkel song… “The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls, And tenement halls”!

Now they’re also on garage doors!

Gdoor2 #7

Pics taken by Resa, May 9 – 2014

Toronto, Canada

Sunnyside Beach Amusement Park – 1922 – 1954

This was a very famous place in it’s day.

Artist: Walter Rushton
Artist: Walter Rushton

In 1923 they had the “Water Nymph’s” Contest. It was advertised in the papers and more men than women showed up.

Artist: Walter Rushton
Artist: Walter Rushton

The Bathing Pavillion you see below is still in existence, although now a fun restaurant on the beach.


SSB #3

Between the Pavillion and Toronto’s now renovated “Palais Royale”, where Count Basie, Duke Ellington and many greats played (Even the Stones played there much later)….

 

Artist: Walter Rushton
Artist: Walter Rushton

…. was a boardwalk & the most modern midway with rides, games and food. The Roller Coaster was the biggest in the world, and made of wood.

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The next 2 shots attempt to show the entire mural, but don’t. It’s longer than I could capture.

Artist: Walter Rushton
Artist: Walter Rushton

It’s painted in an Impressionistic style on stucco, which makes for more photography woes. Also it’s at least 12 years faded.

Artist: Walter Rushton
Artist: Walter Rushton

The Beach Park is painted in the center of 3 strips. Above you have an early air show. Below is a painted garden.

Artist: Walter Rushton
Artist: Walter Rushton

 

It’s bordered by a parkette, and the summer they fill it with  the same flowers that the artist painted on the mural.

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Many historical writings say  the beloved Toronto Amusement Park was burned down, an act of arson to make way for the Gardner Expressway. I’d love to back in time and spend a day here!

Artist: Walter Rushton
Artist: Walter Rushton

Pics taken by Resa, on October 15, 2012 & March 16, 2014

Toronto, Canada