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Monday, November 28, 2022
Exploring Photos: Shopping on Queen Street
Today the stores in these buildings are, from left, Versions, Fournos Restaurant and the Sunset Grill. NOTL Museum photo

The American tradition of Black Friday has now been adapted into Canadian culture. However, this post-American Thanksgiving ritual may not be as intense here as it sounds like our southern friends make it out to be. In honour of this shopping frenzy, today’s photograph is part of a series of images documenting the stores of Queen Street around the 1950s. The buildings shown are 54-62 Queen St. and the businesses, from left, are I.M. Billing Fine Footwear, the Eaton’s Order Office and an unknown restaurant. Remember when Eaton’s was one of the largest stores in Canada? This would be the season to get the  Eaton’s Christmas Catalogue and start circling, in red pen, all the things you’d like for Christmas. Today the stores in these buildings are, from left, Versions, Fournos Restaurant and the Sunset Grill.