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Former TTC archivist makes two west-end presentations next week

Former TTC archivist Ted Wickson will make two presentations on Toronto — and Toronto transit — history next week in Etobicoke.

On Tuesday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m., he’ll talk about “Toronto Then and Now” for the Long Branch Historical Society. The event takes place at the Long Branch Public Library, 3500 Lake Shore Boulevard West at 31st Street.

More interesting, perhaps, for Transit Toronto readers, on Thursday, May 22 at 7:30 p.m., Ted will present a slide show on the history of PCCs in Toronto for the Etobicoke Historical Society. This event takes place at Montgomery’s Inn, 4709 Dundas Street West at Islington Avenue.

You can find out more details of the event, including some of Ted’s great photos of PCCs on Toronto streets and in carhouses, here.

The Society’s annual general meeting will precede Ted’s presentation, but non-members may attend.

Ted Wickson is a local historian, archivist, documentary photographer and avid student of Toronto’s railway, public transit and waterfront heritage. He has been an active community speaker and contributor to local heritage publications for many years. In 1997, Ted completed a 31-year public affairs career at the Toronto Transit Commission, where he spent many years as the corporate archivist.

You can find out more about PCCs — President’s Conference Committee streetcars — by reading Transit Toronto’s informative history of the cars in Toronto here. The article contains valuable links to other PCC websites and many photos.

Thanks to Ed Treijs for information on the events.