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 Riverside-South Riverdale 99 years ago ( in 1918 ).

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 )
82 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 Wednesday, 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
118 years ago - Wednesday, 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
104 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
105 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)
1955 Historic photo from Wednesday, February 23, 1955 - La Casa dei Film Italiani - Royal Theatre 606 College Street in Little Italy (College St)La Casa dei Film Italiani - Royal Theatre 606 College Street
62 years ago - Wednesday, February 23, 1955 - Little Italy (College St)
Max temp: 1.1°C - Min temp: -2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From York University Archives)
February 22 images permanent link to this day
1906 Historic photo from Thursday, February 22, 1906 - Interior of the Cottingham Street Mens lavatory at Yonge Street in SummerhillInterior of the Cottingham Street Mens lavatory at Yonge Street
111 years ago - Thursday, February 22, 1906 - Summerhill
Max temp: 0.6°C - Min temp: -2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1906 Historic photo from Thursday, February 22, 1906 - Interior of the Cottingham Street Mens washroom at Yonge Street in SummerhillInterior of the Cottingham Street Mens washroom at Yonge Street
111 years ago - Thursday, February 22, 1906 - Summerhill
Max temp: 0.6°C - Min temp: -2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1906 Historic photo from Thursday, February 22, 1906 - Exterior of the Cottingham Street Mens washroom at Yonge Street in SummerhillExterior of the Cottingham Street Mens washroom at Yonge Street
111 years ago - Thursday, February 22, 1906 - Summerhill
Max temp: 0.6°C - Min temp: -2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1923 Historic photo from Thursday, February 22, 1923 - Colonial Theatre on Queen Street - constructed from fragments of old Customs House - aka The Bay in City HallColonial Theatre on Queen Street - constructed from fragments of old Customs House - aka The Bay
(Categorized under: Downtown theatres )
94 years ago - Thursday, February 22, 1923 - City Hall
Max temp: -1.1°C - Min temp: -9.4°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
February 21 images permanent link to this day
1925 Historic photo from Saturday, February 21, 1925 - Regent on Adelaide St. west of Yonge - Ad for Forbidden Fruit by Cecil B. De Mille in DowntownRegent on Adelaide St. west of Yonge - Ad for Forbidden Fruit by Cecil B. De Mille
(Categorized under: Downtown theatres )
92 years ago - Saturday, February 21, 1925 - Downtown
Max temp: 6.1°C - Min temp: -1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1974 Historic photo from Thursday, February 21, 1974 - Parcel 2220, 274-278 Dupont Street next to Modern Laundry in The AnnexParcel 2220, 274-278 Dupont Street next to Modern Laundry
43 years ago - Thursday, February 21, 1974 - The Annex
Max temp: 5.0°C - Min temp: -2.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1974 Historic photo from Thursday, February 21, 1974 - Now Dupond Subway Station - 274-278 Dupont Street, front, Bank of Nova Scotia in The AnnexNow Dupond Subway Station - 274-278 Dupont Street, front, Bank of Nova Scotia
43 years ago - Thursday, February 21, 1974 - The Annex
Max temp: 5.0°C - Min temp: -2.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
February 20 images permanent link to this day
1889 Historic photo from Wednesday, February 20, 1889 - University College, Deans house and  garden, looking w. to the back of houses on St. George in University of Toronto (U of T)University College, Deans house and garden, looking w. to the back of houses on St. George
128 years ago - Wednesday, February 20, 1889 - University of Toronto (U of T)
Max temp: -7.8°C - Min temp: -14.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1904 Historic photo from Saturday, February 20, 1904 - KEW Beach Grocery and Smith - Queen Street west of Lee Avenue in The BeachesKEW Beach Grocery and Smith - Queen Street west of Lee Avenue
113 years ago - Saturday, February 20, 1904 - The Beaches
Max temp: -4.4°C - Min temp: -16.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1932 Historic photo from Saturday, February 20, 1932 - Southwest corner Hillsdale and Bayview Ave in Davisville VillageSouthwest corner Hillsdale and Bayview Ave
85 years ago - Saturday, February 20, 1932 - Davisville Village
Max temp: -2.2°C - Min temp: -12.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1935 Historic photo from Wednesday, February 20, 1935 - Suggested colour scheme, Clarke Beach lavatory building for the Parks Dept. in Cherry BeachSuggested colour scheme, Clarke Beach lavatory building for the Parks Dept.
(Categorized under: Architectural drawings )
82 years ago - Wednesday, February 20, 1935 - Cherry Beach
Max temp: -2.8°C - Min temp: -8.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1939 Historic photo from Monday, February 20, 1939 - Iron fence outside church on the southeast corner Brock and Atkin Avenue in Brockton VillageIron fence outside church on the southeast corner Brock and Atkin Avenue
78 years ago - Monday, February 20, 1939 - Brockton Village
Max temp: 3.3°C - Min temp: -8.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
February 19 images permanent link to this day
1915 Historic photo from Friday, February 19, 1915 - Standing in the High level Pumping Station in Republic of RathnellyStanding in the High level Pumping Station
(Categorized under: High level pumping station )
102 years ago - Friday, February 19, 1915 - Republic of Rathnelly
Max temp: 1.1°C - Min temp: -7.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Friday, February 19, 1915 - Interior of the High level Pumping Station during construction in Republic of RathnellyInterior of the High level Pumping Station during construction
(Categorized under: High level pumping station )
102 years ago - Friday, February 19, 1915 - Republic of Rathnelly
Max temp: 1.1°C - Min temp: -7.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1952 Historic photo from Tuesday, February 19, 1952 - Front of 310 Keele Street in The JunctionFront of 310 Keele Street
65 years ago - Tuesday, February 19, 1952 - The Junction
Max temp: -3.3°C - Min temp: -9.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1952 Historic photo from Tuesday, February 19, 1952 - Back of 310 Keele Street  in The JunctionBack of 310 Keele Street
65 years ago - Tuesday, February 19, 1952 - The Junction
Max temp: -3.3°C - Min temp: -9.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1956 Historic photo from Sunday, February 19, 1956 - Beth Am Synagogue, Keele St., w. side at Diana Drive in DownsviewBeth Am Synagogue, Keele St., w. side at Diana Drive
61 years ago - Sunday, February 19, 1956 - Downsview
Max temp: 1.1°C - Min temp: -5.6°C - 4.0cm of snow on the ground (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
February 18 images permanent link to this day
1913 Historic photo from Tuesday, February 18, 1913 - Keele and Humberside Park (now Baird Park) in The JunctionKeele and Humberside Park (now Baird Park)
104 years ago - Tuesday, February 18, 1913 - The Junction
Max temp: -1.7°C - Min temp: -13.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1914 Historic photo from Wednesday, February 18, 1914 - Removing the hill with horse and carts - Christie Street north from Davenport Road in DavenportRemoving the hill with horse and carts - Christie Street north from Davenport Road
103 years ago - Wednesday, February 18, 1914 - Davenport
Max temp: -3.9°C - Min temp: -13.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)