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Sweet summer treats

Nothing says summer like a walk through the local neighbourhood with the aroma of freshly baked bread and other delectable confections wafting through the air. Such was the pleasure that greeted Torontonians in the early 1900s when they arrived at 1252 Landsdowne at Bloor.

Arthur Ernest Gamble was born in Halifax, England, learning his trade of cook and baker in the British Merchant Marine. He served as a “cook’s boy” from the age of ten and when he arrived in Canada he set up his own bakery shop.

Waiting at the door to welcome you at A. E. Gamble were his eldest daughter Jessie (left) and her colleague. Along with an inviting exterior and pleasant serving staff, the bakery featured an array of goodies — breads, pies, cakes, and jellyrolls were only a few of the tempting treats. There were also huge glass jars of candies just waiting to be weighed on the large metal scale and boxes of Cadbury's chocolates to take home as gifts. And, if you couldn’t wait to bite into the delicacies, you could savour them immediately at the several sit-down tables inside. Edward Gamble’s grandfather later moved his establishment to St. Clair Avenue, just west of Dufferin Street.

See Sweet summer treats II for a view of the interior.

Edward Ernest Gamble is the grandson of Arthur Ernest Gamble and resides in Innisfil, Ontario.


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