[1– Family card game taken 1893 at summer cottage in Long Branch]
The area Marie Curtis Park (from last week’s post) is located in an area commonly known as Long Branch. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Long Branch was a popular summer resort for Torontonians. The area was served by steamers that sailed from the foot of Bay Street.
Adjacent to the Marie Curtis park is a closed site which was formerly the Long Branch munitions factory during the 1940s. Huge quantities of weapons were manufactured there during the Second World War, such as the Bren, Sten and Lee Enfield. As of 2005 there are plans to incorporate the former munitions factory site into the Marie Curtis Park.
[2 – Mark Bren LMG machine gun]
[3 – Sten factory worker]
[4 – Lee Enfield Rifle]
The Lee Enfield Rifle is the longest-serving military bolt-action rifle still in official service.
For further historical information including newspaper clippings about the Long Branch Munitions Factory during WWII go here.
Sources: Wikipedia, Etobicoke Historical
Photo Credits: Wikipedia
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