A TTC artifact from 1943 we just received
In January, 1943, six-year-old Agnes Knoll was crossing the street to get to the Long Branch streetcar which took her to school. Sadly, she was struck by a car near 19th St in New Toronto. In her backpack that day was this TTC ticket. Her niece kindly mailed it to us this week, donating this pristine 70-year-old ticket for the TTC archives.
It should be noted that the niece said the tragedy was “a regrettable accident, no one was to be held to blame as it was pure + simply accidental.”
We wanted to share part of her far-too-brief life and this TTC artifact with you, in this virtual archive we call the Internet.
The TTC Chairman at the time was one William McBride, whose signature is on the ticket and whose name now adorns TTC headquarters at 1900 Yonge St.
Here is a link to Toronto in the 1940′s, done with photos from Toronto’s Archives by the website BlogTO: http://www.blogto.com/city/2010/12/toronto_of_the_1940s/
People born in 1943 include David Cronenberg, Paul Henderson, Michael Ondaatje, Premier David Peterson and Joni Mitchell.
What Things Cost in 1943:
Gasoline: 19 cents/gal
Bread: 9 cents/loaf
Milk: 62 cents/gal
Postage Stamp: 3 cents
Stock Market Index: 136
Average Annual Salary: $2,500
Minimum Wage: 30 cents per hour
[Out of respect for privacy, we will not share the niece's name.]