Sunday, 26 June 2011

The Factory 1

In this 40th year of the Toronto Sun, by chance this pack rat found a couple of dozen colour negatives of The Word Factory, where it all started on Nov. 1, 1971.

Not sure who snapped the photos - Norm Betts, David Cooper and Jac Holland were the Day One photographers - or how they ended up here in a box of Sun clippings.

But we'll share them with TSF readers who might not appreciate the humble beginnings of the little tabloid that grew in the former Elclipse Whitewear Building at 322 King St. W.

We're not sure when the photos were taken, but the Sun called the Eclipse Building home from November of 1971 until the summer of 1975.

The above photo captures the newsroom's cavernous environment. Note the open ceilings, huge heating vents, casual attire - and typewriters.

If you recognize any of the staffers, email their names to TSF.

More to come.

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