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Parking Lot Series: Post-War Toronto Canada Parking Facilities

Today’s feature image contains hundreds of cars parked in two of a number of parking lots with a capacity of twelve-hundred cars situated on Fleet Street in Toronto, Canada.

Post-War, Toronto, the largest City in the country and the Capital of the Province of Ontario was suffering from inadequate parking facilities, and traffic congestion. Relief from the problem came when a set of parking lots constructed southeast of the City center close to the Lake Ontario waterfront lessened the burden on the surface streets. Toronto Transit Commission (T.T.C.) buses picked up passengers at the facility and transported them into the City and back again on the return trip.

Share with us what you find of interest in this 1947 “Toronto Star” newspaper photograph courtesy of the Toronto Public Library Archives. Earlier posts in the Parking Lot Series can be viewed here.

20 responses to “Parking Lot Series: Post-War Toronto Canada Parking Facilities

  1. It’s amazing that all these cars got lined up and spaced reasonably with no parking spaces marked out! I don’t see well striped parking lots today that are as neatly parked as the one in this photo! Hats off to the Canadians.

    • Good eye! I never would have noticed that. But it is quite possible that there had been a parking lot attendant present in the morning who actually parked all the cars and with skill and precision no doubt.

    • I suspect that lot attendants were on had to park the vehicles whereupon the drivers would simply proceed to the nearby bus departure point. ps. Canadians are know to be polite – but not all of them all of the time. I know. I am one. vin

  2. In the lead photograph, on the far left and 3rd row back, is a 1946 CHEVROLET; There’s another ’46 CHEVROLET in the upper right corner of the same picture.

  3. In the 4th photograph [3rd & last expandable picture], 7 rows back & 8th car from the left, is either a 1947 or ’48 BUICK.

  4. Aside from the panel truck in the upper left hand corner, I don’t see any trucks except on the street. That one looks like a Dodge.

  5. Some surprising cars, including the ’42 Olds already mentioned, and in the large top photo, 6th from right in top row, what looks like a late ’30s Willys.

  6. Well, I note that all of these designs with the split windshields and separate fenders will soon be very passe! Auto designers back from their war footing already had some great innovations coming off the modeling tables. Really an exciting time for the industry.

  7. 1937 Hudson second from the right on the front row in the top picture.
    I think I can make out a couple more Hudsons further back but I’m going to have to a magnifying glass !

  8. Plymouth and Nash had a brief fling with square headlights (front row). I can’t recall any other makes that had this feature.

    • Graham and Willys had “squarish” headlights also, as “1940 Graham Sharknose” and “1939 Willys-Overland 77” image searches will show.

      And a “List of largest Canadian cities by census” search in Wikipedia will show that T.O. was not the largest until after the 1998 amalgamation.

  9. “First by far with a post-war car!” Two 47 Studebakers in first expandable photo: Champion, fifth row from the bottom, second car from the right. And first car to the left of the base of the big sign at the top, another light-colored one.

    One more possible Studebaker: Third row from the bottom, sixth car from the right looks like a 37 Stude grille.

  10. Why hasn’t anyone taken a chance at identifying the oldest car in the lot located in the front row center? I’ll take a chance at saying it looks like a 1932 Buick.

    • Thanks for your question. The car does look like a 1932 BUICK, but missing its horns and the cross bar [with rectangle encasing the Buick logo] between the head lights.

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