A gory scene on Melinda Street
This seemingly gory photo turned up during a search for my blogTO post on the John Maryon Tower. The Toronto Telegram archive caption claims the picture shows a “blood-splattered body” after a fall from a scaffold at the Toronto General Trust building on Melinda Street.
Luckily for the squeamish, that’s not blood—it’s paint. 25-year-old Ronald Usher was working outside a third floor window when he lost his footing in thick fog. The painter fell 30 feet with his can, striking a wooden beam on the way down, and leaving a trail of dark spatters in his wake.
The Toronto Star reported he was taken to St. Michael’s with back injuries.