Each weekday morning, we pick a recent image from the Torontoist Flickr Pool and feature it here on the site. It’s our way to give the many excellent photographers in our pool the attention they deserve!
What can we say? We’re suckers for photographs of old signs, hand-painted lettering, and other typographic ephemera. But that’s only part of the reason we were drawn to this photo by Torontoist Flickr pool member Cameron Laird.
As Cameron himself says in the description of this image: “It’s true what they say, Black and White makes any old picture look great ”
Our favourite detail on this old sign is the placement of the “and” on an angle between the larger letters. Between the brick and the metal, there’s a great sense of texture in this photograph.
Sure, this is yet another image from the Distillery District, but that only goes to prove what a rich canvas the area provides for photographers and other artists. It’s certainly an area that offers a uniquely genuine historical backdrop.
(And the owners have managed to maintain that genuine historical feel by doing their part to keep out the “undesirables,” namely, refusing to lease any of the retail and restaurant space to chains or franchises. Still, we wonder what this strict policy will mean for coffee chain Balzac’s, who have branched out with locations in Stratford and new one pending in Libery Village. Are they to henceforth be excommunicated?)