Sam Roberts (Ghostsigns UK) and Roy Reed are looking for funding to complete their project, documenting London, England’s ghost signs. For a pledge of $77 Canadian you can get a copy of the book sent to you. They expect to have it ready to mail out by Christmas this year, 2021. You can also just donate to sponsor the project.
I have heard about the fire in old Toronto. So long ago (before I was born) that I forget the year. But, this postcard says it was 1904, and this is where the fire started. None of those old buildings will still be standing. The others which survived in 1904 are mostly gone too. The don’t make them like that any more, is certainly true. They were brick and beautiful, crafted. Now they seem utilitarian, plain and functional. Not fair to say they have no style, a different style is still a style. But, they lack the feeling that someone actually built them. Instead they seem to be something that just appeared, already formed.
You can read more about the fire and the history, but you can’t ever see it, just images and news reporting. The old grandmother buildings are gone. That always seems sad to me.
Fran’s had been left empty for years. No one bought it or leased it and this year it was demolished. The Fran’s restaurant chain is still around, mainly in Toronto. But, not in Barrie any more.