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Tragedy averted

One of the back pages of the October 23 1946 edition of the Toronto Daily Star contained this small article about a tragedy narrowly averted:

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I was curious, so I looked up the Toronto city directories. It turns out that the man’s name was Saul or Sol Belz, not “A. Belz” (the directories give both variants of his name). The address was 75 Carlton Street, and the cleaning and pressing shop was B & B Cleaners & Dyers. The listing appears in the 1947 directory and not the 1946 directory, so the business was new. (Before that, he ran Golden Eagle Cleaners at 235 Broadview.)

Despite the initial near-tragedy, Mr. Belz stuck with it; the firm appears in the 1952 city directory, so he remained in business at least a few years. I didn’t track it any further.

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