Rollsigns from Toronto, ON
"Pre TTC" Rollsigns
Danforth Bus Lines
operated as a suburban
service in Scarborough and
Birchcliff. Subsidiary
operations also ran in North
York and York, (under the
North York Bus Lines
name) as well as points
northwest and east of
Toronto (under the Toronto
Coach Lines name).All
these services were related
under ownership of
T.J.Shoniker. Operations of
this service began in June
of 1926, and were acquired
by the TTC on July 1, 1954.

This Danforth Bus Lines
linen rollsign is suspected
to be off a Fitzjohn model
bus. It has no print date, but
research has placed it to be
from around April of 1947. It
has 30 exposures.
This Toronto Transportation Commission linen front rollsign is off  
1942 Mack RB-3G #900. The sign is listed as version "B-6A" ("B"us
sign, update #"6A"), the code used by the TTC. It was rescued from
bus #900 which was in a scrap yard in Newtonville, Ontario, sitting
next to several TTC and Gray Coach Lines buses of the same era.
A photo of the bus and how the sign was found is shown below.
The sign's original print date is May 27, 1946, however the
exposure readings date from 1945 and were updated to March 1,
1949. It originally had 50 exposures. The "Scarborough" exposure
shown below was deteriorated beyond a salvageable condition.
That exposure must have been the last to be shown on the bus.
Other than that, the sign is in exceptional condition considering it's
almost 70 years old! It is also rumoured that this sign is the oldest
known TTC bus sign in existence. This rollsign was created before
the TTC started using route numbers, in 1954.
<==  This tanned exposure:
The rollsign, above, as it was discovered in this scrapped TTC bus.
SHERBOURNE
BLOOR
FRONT
Embedded YouTUBE videos of these two rollsigns being rolled from end to end are shown below.
This exposure was removed
due to deterioration and
separation of the linen. The
exposures on either side of
the damaged section were
sewn together to compensate
<====  for the gap.
Rollsigns under this category are those whose print date is listed as, or suspected to be, previous to the
March 30, 1954 incorporation of the "Toronto Transit Commission", the system that operates today.
These include bus and radial railway rollsigns, and other signs from Toronto area township services
only. Toronto operated Peter Witt and PCC streetcar rollsigns are under the
TTC Streetcar category.
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