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 Yorkville 100 years ago ( in 1921 ).

March 3 images permanent link to this day
1928 Historic photo from Saturday, March 3, 1928 - Front and Simcoe, 1:33 p.m., looking south, from north side of Simcoe, north of Front in DowntownFront and Simcoe, 1:33 p.m., looking south, from north side of Simcoe, north of Front
93 years ago - Saturday, March 3, 1928 - Downtown
Max temp: -1.7°C - Min temp: -11.7°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1928 Historic photo from Saturday, March 3, 1928 - Front and Simcoe, 12:05 p.m., looking east, from north side of Front Street, west of Simcoe in DowntownFront and Simcoe, 12:05 p.m., looking east, from north side of Front Street, west of Simcoe
93 years ago - Saturday, March 3, 1928 - Downtown
Max temp: -1.7°C - Min temp: -11.7°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1928 Historic photo from Saturday, March 3, 1928 - Front and Simcoe, 11:50 a.m., looking east, from north side of Front Street, west of Simcoe in DowntownFront and Simcoe, 11:50 a.m., looking east, from north side of Front Street, west of Simcoe
93 years ago - Saturday, March 3, 1928 - Downtown
Max temp: -1.7°C - Min temp: -11.7°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
March 2 images permanent link to this day
1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, March 2, 1904 - Queen City Yacht Club and RCYC - Toronto waterfront across the ice from the bay in HarbourfrontQueen City Yacht Club and RCYC - Toronto waterfront across the ice from the bay
117 years ago - Wednesday, March 2, 1904 - Harbourfront
Max temp: 5.6°C - Min temp: -2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1934 Historic photo from Friday, March 2, 1934 - Bloor St, looking east, at Sterling Rd, to Symington Ave, case #1338, (Legal Department) in The JunctionBloor St, looking east, at Sterling Rd, to Symington Ave, case #1338, (Legal Department)
87 years ago - Friday, March 2, 1934 - The Junction
Max temp: 4.4°C - Min temp: -1.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1934 Historic photo from Friday, March 2, 1934 - Case #1338, Bloor St, east of Symington, looking wast to Symington and Sterling Rd, (Legal Department) in The JunctionCase #1338, Bloor St, east of Symington, looking wast to Symington and Sterling Rd, (Legal Department)
87 years ago - Friday, March 2, 1934 - The Junction
Max temp: 4.4°C - Min temp: -1.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
March 1 images permanent link to this day
1921 Historic photo from Tuesday, March 1, 1921 - Old City Hall roof  - southwest corner of James Street, defective plate and rafters in City HallOld City Hall roof - southwest corner of James Street, defective plate and rafters
100 years ago - Tuesday, March 1, 1921 - City Hall
Max temp: 7.2°C - Min temp: 1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1921 Historic photo from Tuesday, March 1, 1921 - Old City Hall roof rafters, Terauley Street in City HallOld City Hall roof rafters, Terauley Street
100 years ago - Tuesday, March 1, 1921 - City Hall
Max temp: 7.2°C - Min temp: 1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1928 Historic photo from Thursday, March 1, 1928 - Construction of the new Glen Road, bridge, north of South Drive in RosedaleConstruction of the new Glen Road, bridge, north of South Drive
93 years ago - Thursday, March 1, 1928 - Rosedale
Max temp: 0.6°C - Min temp: -5.6°C - 5.1cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
February 28 images permanent link to this day
1889 Historic photo from Thursday, February 28, 1889 - University College, east facade from the Monument - snowstorm of 1889 in University of Toronto (U of T)University College, east facade from the Monument - snowstorm of 1889
132 years ago - Thursday, February 28, 1889 - University of Toronto (U of T)
Max temp: 1.7°C - Min temp: -2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1889 Historic photo from Thursday, February 28, 1889 - East facade of University College during the snowstorm of 1899 in University of Toronto (U of T)East facade of University College during the snowstorm of 1899
132 years ago - Thursday, February 28, 1889 - University of Toronto (U of T)
Max temp: 1.7°C - Min temp: -2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1984 Historic photo from Tuesday, February 28, 1984 - View of Nathan Phillips Square ice rink covered in snow in City HallView of Nathan Phillips Square ice rink covered in snow
37 years ago - Tuesday, February 28, 1984 - City Hall
Max temp: -4.5°C - Min temp: -6.0°C - 24.4cm of snowfall - 12.0cm of snow on the ground (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
February 27 images permanent link to this day
1915 Historic photo from Saturday, February 27, 1915 - Moss Park Start of the Boys Skating Championships race in Moss ParkMoss Park Start of the Boys Skating Championships race
106 years ago - Saturday, February 27, 1915 - Moss Park
Max temp: -3.9°C - Min temp: -10.6°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Saturday, February 27, 1915 - Bloor Street Viaduct construction looking east in Don RiverBloor Street Viaduct construction looking east
106 years ago - Saturday, February 27, 1915 - Don River
Max temp: -3.9°C - Min temp: -10.6°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1924 Historic photo from Wednesday, February 27, 1924 - Southwest corner Yonge and Roxborough - Gas Station in SummerhillSouthwest corner Yonge and Roxborough - Gas Station
97 years ago - Wednesday, February 27, 1924 - Summerhill
Max temp: 3.9°C - Min temp: -12.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1942 Historic photo from Friday, February 27, 1942 - Major General Whang Ping-hing inspecting Bren gun during visit of Chinese officials to John Inglis Co., Ltd. in Liberty VillageMajor General Whang Ping-hing inspecting Bren gun during visit of Chinese officials to John Inglis Co., Ltd.
79 years ago - Friday, February 27, 1942 - Liberty Village
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: -6.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1942 Historic photo from Friday, February 27, 1942 - Visit of Chinese officials to John Inglis Co., Ltd.   in Liberty VillageVisit of Chinese officials to John Inglis Co., Ltd.
79 years ago - Friday, February 27, 1942 - Liberty Village
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: -6.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
February 26 images permanent link to this day
1918 Historic photo from Tuesday, February 26, 1918 - Don flood, south from Wilton Avenue Bridge (Dundas) in Riverside-South RiverdaleDon flood, south from Wilton Avenue Bridge (Dundas)
(Categorized under: Don Jail --- Don River )
103 years ago - Tuesday, February 26, 1918 - Riverside-South Riverdale
Max temp: 7.2°C - Min temp: -9.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1918 Historic photo from Tuesday, February 26, 1918 - Don flood, north of Wilton Avenue Bridge with Don Jail in background in Riverside-South RiverdaleDon flood, north of Wilton Avenue Bridge with Don Jail in background
(Categorized under: Don River )
103 years ago - Tuesday, February 26, 1918 - Riverside-South Riverdale
Max temp: 7.2°C - Min temp: -9.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1980 Historic photo from Tuesday, February 26, 1980 - Sherbourne St. Carriage House demolition - view from Frederick, north from Esplanade in St. LawrenceSherbourne St. Carriage House demolition - view from Frederick, north from Esplanade
41 years ago - Tuesday, February 26, 1980 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
February 25 images permanent link to this day
1935 Historic photo from Monday, February 25, 1935 - Colour sketch of Alexandra Gates when it was on Avenue Road in Royal Ontario MuseumColour sketch of Alexandra Gates when it was on Avenue Road
(Categorized under: Alexandra Gates --- Architectural drawings )
86 years ago - Monday, February 25, 1935 - Royal Ontario Museum
Max temp: -3.3°C - Min temp: -6.7°C - 7.6cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
February 24 images permanent link to this day
1899 Historic photo from Friday, February 24, 1899 - After the breaking up of the Don River : entrance to Rosedale Creek sewer in Riverdale parkAfter the breaking up of the Don River : entrance to Rosedale Creek sewer
122 years ago - Friday, February 24, 1899 - Riverdale park
Max temp: -3.3°C - Min temp: -11.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1913 Historic photo from Monday, February 24, 1913 - Withrow Park - south section from Carlaw Avenue in RiverdaleWithrow Park - south section from Carlaw Avenue
108 years ago - Monday, February 24, 1913 - Riverdale
Max temp: -10.0°C - Min temp: -16.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
February 23 images permanent link to this day
1912 Historic photo from Friday, February 23, 1912 - Old houses and partial building, including 104 Elm Street in Discovery DistrictOld houses and partial building, including 104 Elm Street
109 years ago - Friday, February 23, 1912 - Discovery District
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: -13.3°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)