Historic photos from around Toronto

There are a number of great web sites that provide historic photos from around Toronto. As I was collecting them for an interactive historic map of the city I realized that it was also interesting to find photos that were taken around the current time of the year. How much snow was there at the end of March in 1916, for example?

And so this page was born. It will always show a collection of photos from around Toronto over the last few weeks.

You can also see all the historic photos for a given neighbourhood. A subset of the photos have also been arranged by subject.

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The next update will be available tomorrow, including Upper Jarvis 68 years ago ( in 1953 ).

May 11 images permanent link to this day
1912 Historic photo from Saturday, May 11, 1912 - Standing on the bridge over the Don looking west to Riverdale park in Riverdale parkStanding on the bridge over the Don looking west to Riverdale park
109 years ago - Saturday, May 11, 1912 - Riverdale park
Max temp: 20.6°C - Min temp: 8.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from Saturday, May 11, 1912 - Riverdale Park : looking north on east side of Don River in Riverdale parkRiverdale Park : looking north on east side of Don River
109 years ago - Saturday, May 11, 1912 - Riverdale park
Max temp: 20.6°C - Min temp: 8.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from Saturday, May 11, 1912 - Riverdale Park : looking northwest from near Gerrard St in Riverdale parkRiverdale Park : looking northwest from near Gerrard St
109 years ago - Saturday, May 11, 1912 - Riverdale park
Max temp: 20.6°C - Min temp: 8.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1912 Historic photo from Saturday, May 11, 1912 - Riverdale Zoo Park : duck pond when nearly dry in Riverdale parkRiverdale Zoo Park : duck pond when nearly dry
109 years ago - Saturday, May 11, 1912 - Riverdale park
Max temp: 20.6°C - Min temp: 8.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1937 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 11, 1937 - North east corner of Sussex Avenue from Mayor Street in Harbord VillageNorth east corner of Sussex Avenue from Mayor Street
84 years ago - Tuesday, May 11, 1937 - Harbord Village
Max temp: 20.6°C - Min temp: 6.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1974 Historic photo from Saturday, May 11, 1974 - View from University College central tower looking at the turret and city beyond in University of Toronto (U of T)View from University College central tower looking at the turret and city beyond
47 years ago - Saturday, May 11, 1974 - University of Toronto (U of T)
Max temp: 13.9°C - Min temp: 6.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the University of Toronto Archives)
May 10 images permanent link to this day
1915 Historic photo from Monday, May 10, 1915 - Princess Theatre ruins after May 1915 fire - upper balcony roof collapse in DowntownPrincess Theatre ruins after May 1915 fire - upper balcony roof collapse
(Categorized under: Downtown theatres )
106 years ago - Monday, May 10, 1915 - Downtown
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Monday, May 10, 1915 - Princess Theatre ruins - ornate trim, stairs, broken mirrors, and firehose in DowntownPrincess Theatre ruins - ornate trim, stairs, broken mirrors, and firehose
(Categorized under: Downtown theatres )
106 years ago - Monday, May 10, 1915 - Downtown
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1926 Historic photo from Monday, May 10, 1926 - Queen Street East - De Grassi crossing south from railway platform looking across McGee in Riverside-South RiverdaleQueen Street East - De Grassi crossing south from railway platform looking across McGee
95 years ago - Monday, May 10, 1926 - Riverside-South Riverdale
Max temp: 11.1°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1940 Historic photo from Friday, May 10, 1940 - Garages for rent at the corner of Braeside and Kapelle Avenue in Wanless ParkGarages for rent at the corner of Braeside and Kapelle Avenue
81 years ago - Friday, May 10, 1940 - Wanless Park
Max temp: 18.3°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
May 9 images permanent link to this day
1905 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 9, 1905 - Canadian Feather and Mattress Company fire, Melinda St., n. side, e. of Bay St. (Sunlight soap ad) in Financial DistrictCanadian Feather and Mattress Company fire, Melinda St., n. side, e. of Bay St. (Sunlight soap ad)
116 years ago - Tuesday, May 9, 1905 - Financial District
Max temp: 11.7°C - Min temp: 3.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1919 Historic photo from Friday, May 9, 1919 - Dundas Street west from Bond Street to Yonge in Garden DistrictDundas Street west from Bond Street to Yonge
102 years ago - Friday, May 9, 1919 - Garden District
Max temp: 12.8°C - Min temp: 7.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Friday, May 9, 1919 - Bond Street and Dundas Street looking south in Garden DistrictBond Street and Dundas Street looking south
102 years ago - Friday, May 9, 1919 - Garden District
Max temp: 12.8°C - Min temp: 7.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1925 Historic photo from Saturday, May 9, 1925 - Trees in front of the Scarborough Bluffs in ScarboroughTrees in front of the Scarborough Bluffs
96 years ago - Saturday, May 9, 1925 - Scarborough
Max temp: 13.3°C - Min temp: 1.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
May 8 images permanent link to this day
1915 Historic photo from Saturday, May 8, 1915 - Tulip beds at Queens Park in Queens ParkTulip beds at Queens Park
106 years ago - Saturday, May 8, 1915 - Queens Park
Max temp: 20.0°C - Min temp: 6.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Saturday, May 8, 1915 - Tulip beds at Queen's Park in Queens ParkTulip beds at Queen's Park
106 years ago - Saturday, May 8, 1915 - Queens Park
Max temp: 20.0°C - Min temp: 6.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Saturday, May 8, 1915 - High Park - Tulip Beds in High ParkHigh Park - Tulip Beds
106 years ago - Saturday, May 8, 1915 - High Park
Max temp: 20.0°C - Min temp: 6.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Saturday, May 8, 1915 - High Park tulip beds with buildings in the background in High ParkHigh Park tulip beds with buildings in the background
106 years ago - Saturday, May 8, 1915 - High Park
Max temp: 20.0°C - Min temp: 6.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1917 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 8, 1917 - Building a brick addition at the rear of 41 Huron in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Building a brick addition at the rear of 41 Huron
104 years ago - Tuesday, May 8, 1917 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 15.0°C - Min temp: 1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
May 7 images permanent link to this day
1913 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 7, 1913 - Construction on the south west corner of Church and Dundas (then Wilton Ave) in Garden DistrictConstruction on the south west corner of Church and Dundas (then Wilton Ave)
108 years ago - Wednesday, May 7, 1913 - Garden District
Max temp: 15.0°C - Min temp: 4.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 7, 1919 - Spadina Ave. south of College St. - Star Cafe in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Spadina Ave. south of College St. - Star Cafe
102 years ago - Wednesday, May 7, 1919 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 22.2°C - Min temp: 7.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1924 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 7, 1924 - Construction of Earlscourt Shelter - no roof yet in Little Italy (St. Clair)Construction of Earlscourt Shelter - no roof yet
97 years ago - Wednesday, May 7, 1924 - Little Italy (St. Clair)
Max temp: 16.1°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1924 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 7, 1924 - Exterior complete at the Danforth Lavatory in The DanforthExterior complete at the Danforth Lavatory
97 years ago - Wednesday, May 7, 1924 - The Danforth
Max temp: 16.1°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1931 Historic photo from Thursday, May 7, 1931 - St Clair Avenue level crossing, looking east to Caledonia Road in Little Italy (St. Clair)St Clair Avenue level crossing, looking east to Caledonia Road
90 years ago - Thursday, May 7, 1931 - Little Italy (St. Clair)
Max temp: 19.4°C - Min temp: 11.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)