House Numbering In Whitby (a post card), July 1935


Description
Creator:
J. Roy Van Wyck, Author
Media Type:
Text
Item Type:
Postcards
Description:
A post card from J.Roy Van Wyck dated July 24, 1935 sent to Mr. Kirk at 924 Brock Street South, Whitby. This card is post marked July 25, 1935 at 8:30 am in Whitby, ONT. It is regarding the house numbering system in Whitby.
Notes:
Whitby’s house numbering system was provided by Rev. Dr. James Roy Van Wyck (1877-1941), a retired Presbyterian minister. Van Wyck provided this service to the town, free of charge, during the Great Depression. By the summer of 1935, Whitby had a population of about 4,000 people and a house numbering system was needed. Prior to 1935, residences and businesses were listed in the telephone book with the street on which they were located. As well, there was no need for a house numbering system since all mail was picked up by local residents from the town post office. Under Van Wyck’s system, each block was numbered by a hundred. For instance, the first block south of Dundas on Brock Street was the 100 block; the second, the 200 block, and so on. Buildings on the west side of the street were given even numbers, while buildings on the east side were given odd numbers. On streets running east and west, even numbers were given on the north side while odd numbers were provided on the south. Van Wyck was careful to assign numbers for vacant lots between existing homes. Assigned house and business address numbers were published in the Whitby Gazette and Chronicle and a postcard was mailed to each residence in 1935 with the assigned house number and asking residents to please place this assigned number at their front door. Brooklin was given a house numbering system in the late 1960s or early 1970s, while Ashburn, Myrtle and Myrtle Station received a house numbering system in the 1980s or 1990s.
Date of Original:
July 24, 1935
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Language of Item:
English
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 43.88342 Longitude: -78.93287
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Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
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Scanned from original document.
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Full Text

House Numbering in Whitby

Dear Friend:-

The Town of Whitby Council accepted of my offer for free service in setting up a house numbering system for Whitby.

You will find the number assigned to you on teh address side of this Post Card.

Please do your part. As soon as possible place the assigned number at your front door.

Thanking you for your co-operation in making this effort for a more efficiently organized town a success.

Sincerely yours,

J. Roy Van Wyck.

July 24, 1935

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House Numbering In Whitby (a post card), July 1935


A post card from J.Roy Van Wyck dated July 24, 1935 sent to Mr. Kirk at 924 Brock Street South, Whitby. This card is post marked July 25, 1935 at 8:30 am in Whitby, ONT. It is regarding the house numbering system in Whitby.