Page 77. " they had been at their lowest, living in squalor in the Ward - Toronto’s notorious slum "

The Ward - Credit: City of Toronto Archives
Public DomainThe Ward - Credit: City of Toronto Archives

The Ward was Toronto’s worst slum. 

Page 78. " On the lower floor of a small row house in Cabbage Town "
Cabbagetown, Toronto
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCabbagetown, Toronto - Credit: dbking from Washington, DC

Cabbage Town (now Cabbagetown) is a Toronto neighbourhood east of the downtown core, which was settled by impoverished Irish immigrants who grew cabbages in their front yards. By the turn of the last century, it had become a working class area of small Victorian homes and townhouses. The area gradually developed into Toronto’s largest slum, and much of it was eventually razed to make way for the Regent Park housing project. But what remained was gentrified when affluent young professionals started moving in the 1970s. Restored homes there can now sell for more than $1 million.

Page 88. " Oh, but Monsieur Poiret’s fashions are the latest word. "

Poiret gown 1912 - artist, Paul Iride
Public DomainPoiret gown 1912 - artist, Paul Iride
Paul Poiret was an influential French fashion designer. Here’s an example of his style in 1912.