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 Old Town 60 years ago ( in 1956 ).

May 5 images permanent link to this day
1911 Historic photo from Friday, May 5, 1911 - Church Street north at Wilton Street (Dundas Street) Track laying in Garden DistrictChurch Street north at Wilton Street (Dundas Street) Track laying
105 years ago - Friday, May 5, 1911 - Garden District
Max temp: 20.0°C - Min temp: 1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1911 Historic photo from Friday, May 5, 1911 - Church and Wilton - laying streetcar track in Garden DistrictChurch and Wilton - laying streetcar track
105 years ago - Friday, May 5, 1911 - Garden District
Max temp: 20.0°C - Min temp: 1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1928 Historic photo from Saturday, May 5, 1928 - Fairchild FC-2 plane carrying first air mail from Leaside in LeasideFairchild FC-2 plane carrying first air mail from Leaside
88 years ago - Saturday, May 5, 1928 - Leaside
Max temp: 18.3°C - Min temp: 7.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1930 Historic photo from Monday, May 5, 1930 - East side of Queens Park Crescent - Alexandra Gates on far left, Annesley Hall, Womens Residence, on right in Royal Ontario MuseumEast side of Queens Park Crescent - Alexandra Gates on far left, Annesley Hall, Womens Residence, on right
(Categorized under: Alexandra Gates )
86 years ago - Monday, May 5, 1930 - Royal Ontario Museum
Max temp: 23.9°C - Min temp: 8.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1931 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 5, 1931 - W.A. (Billy) Bishop, V.C., World War I Ace pilot speaking at the opening ceremonies for Barker Field in Lawrence HeightsW.A. (Billy) Bishop, V.C., World War I Ace pilot speaking at the opening ceremonies for Barker Field
85 years ago - Tuesday, May 5, 1931 - Lawrence Heights
Max temp: 20.6°C - Min temp: 5.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1931 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 5, 1931 - Billy Bishop, V.C., in polka dot tie at the opening ceremonies for Barker Field in Lawrence HeightsBilly Bishop, V.C., in polka dot tie at the opening ceremonies for Barker Field
85 years ago - Tuesday, May 5, 1931 - Lawrence Heights
Max temp: 20.6°C - Min temp: 5.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1936 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 5, 1936 - Group of children in a gallery at the AGO in Art Gallery of OntarioGroup of children in a gallery at the AGO
80 years ago - Tuesday, May 5, 1936 - Art Gallery of Ontario
Max temp: 15.6°C - Min temp: 7.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1952 Historic photo from Monday, May 5, 1952 - Runnymede Presbyterian Church, Annette St., n. side, betw. Windermere and Willard Aves.  in RunnymedeRunnymede Presbyterian Church, Annette St., n. side, betw. Windermere and Willard Aves.
64 years ago - Monday, May 5, 1952 - Runnymede
Max temp: 15.6°C - Min temp: 6.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1954 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 5, 1954 - 1949 plaque commemorating  the Taiaiagon Iroquois Village that stood in this area in Baby Point1949 plaque commemorating the Taiaiagon Iroquois Village that stood in this area
62 years ago - Wednesday, May 5, 1954 - Baby Point
Max temp: 9.4°C - Min temp: 2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1983 Historic photo from Thursday, May 5, 1983 - Looking west along E Liberty St to the Irwin Toys building on Hanna Ave (now the Toy Factory Lofts) in Liberty VillageLooking west along E Liberty St to the Irwin Toys building on Hanna Ave (now the Toy Factory Lofts)
33 years ago - Thursday, May 5, 1983 - Liberty Village
Max temp: 12.8°C - Min temp: 4.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
May 4 images permanent link to this day
1915 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 4, 1915 - 363 Wilton Ave. - curb heaved up by frost in Garden District363 Wilton Ave. - curb heaved up by frost
101 years ago - Tuesday, May 4, 1915 - Garden District
Max temp: 11.7°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 4, 1915 - 548 Gerrard - Toronto Gaol - frost in Riverdale548 Gerrard - Toronto Gaol - frost
101 years ago - Tuesday, May 4, 1915 - Riverdale
Max temp: 11.7°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1916 Historic photo from Thursday, May 4, 1916 - Palace Hotel on leftt, at King and Strachan Ave. looking east Track reconstruction in Stanley ParkPalace Hotel on leftt, at King and Strachan Ave. looking east Track reconstruction
(Categorized under: Hotels )
100 years ago - Thursday, May 4, 1916 - Stanley Park
Max temp: 14.4°C - Min temp: 3.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1917 Historic photo from Friday, May 4, 1917 - Queen St., Sherbourne west - Track reconstruction in Moss ParkQueen St., Sherbourne west - Track reconstruction
99 years ago - Friday, May 4, 1917 - Moss Park
Max temp: 8.9°C - Min temp: 1.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1963 Historic photo from Saturday, May 4, 1963 - Two girls seated on either side of gate to garden - rear of 21 Lowther Avenue  in The AnnexTwo girls seated on either side of gate to garden - rear of 21 Lowther Avenue
(Categorized under: Ornamental gate )
53 years ago - Saturday, May 4, 1963 - The Annex
Max temp: 23.9°C - Min temp: 11.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From York University Archives)
May 3 images permanent link to this day
1910 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 3, 1910 - King Edward Hotel ballroom -Toronto Press Club dinner for Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson in St. LawrenceKing Edward Hotel ballroom -Toronto Press Club dinner for Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson
(Categorized under: King Edward Hotel )
106 years ago - Tuesday, May 3, 1910 - St. Lawrence
Max temp: 12.2°C - Min temp: 6.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1913 Historic photo from Saturday, May 3, 1913 - Allan Gardens - tulip beds, Burns monument in Garden DistrictAllan Gardens - tulip beds, Burns monument
103 years ago - Saturday, May 3, 1913 - Garden District
Max temp: 26.7°C - Min temp: 13.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Monday, May 3, 1915 - Constructing the Bloor Street Viaduct - Rosedale section - looking west, Pier E in Don RiverConstructing the Bloor Street Viaduct - Rosedale section - looking west, Pier E
101 years ago - Monday, May 3, 1915 - Don River
Max temp: 10.0°C - Min temp: 4.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1937 Historic photo from Monday, May 3, 1937 - 2707 Yonge Street, old mud and straw brick house, east side, north of Blythwood Road in Sherwood Park2707 Yonge Street, old mud and straw brick house, east side, north of Blythwood Road
79 years ago - Monday, May 3, 1937 - Sherwood Park
Max temp: 23.3°C - Min temp: 10.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
May 2 images permanent link to this day
1912 Historic photo from Thursday, May 2, 1912 - Willowvale Park (Now Christie Pits) north across Bloor St. showing stable, old wooden walk, and rough banks in Christie PitsWillowvale Park (Now Christie Pits) north across Bloor St. showing stable, old wooden walk, and rough banks
104 years ago - Thursday, May 2, 1912 - Christie Pits
Max temp: 16.7°C - Min temp: 7.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1927 Historic photo from Monday, May 2, 1927 - Scarborough Bluffs looking up from Lake Ontario in Scarborough BluffsScarborough Bluffs looking up from Lake Ontario
89 years ago - Monday, May 2, 1927 - Scarborough Bluffs
Max temp: 14.4°C - Min temp: 7.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1927 Historic photo from Monday, May 2, 1927 - Old wooden stairs at the Scarborough Bluffs in Scarborough BluffsOld wooden stairs at the Scarborough Bluffs
89 years ago - Monday, May 2, 1927 - Scarborough Bluffs
Max temp: 14.4°C - Min temp: 7.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1954 Historic photo from Sunday, May 2, 1954 - Kensington Stores - Star Service stores, McGuires Appliances (Spadina and Baldwin) in Kensington MarketKensington Stores - Star Service stores, McGuires Appliances (Spadina and Baldwin)
62 years ago - Sunday, May 2, 1954 - Kensington Market
Max temp: 22.2°C - Min temp: 14.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
May 1 images permanent link to this day
1936 Historic photo from Friday, May 1, 1936 - Stone gate, wooden fence, and house behind on Constance and Parkside in High ParkStone gate, wooden fence, and house behind on Constance and Parkside
(Categorized under: Ornamental gate )
80 years ago - Friday, May 1, 1936 - High Park
Max temp: 18.9°C - Min temp: 9.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)