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 Stanley Park 79 years ago ( in 1939 ).

August 20 images permanent link to this day
1920 Historic photo from Friday, August 20, 1920 - Raising the Cherry Street lift bridge (north bascule)  in Cherry BeachRaising the Cherry Street lift bridge (north bascule)
98 years ago - Friday, August 20, 1920 - Cherry Beach
Max temp: 27.2°C - Min temp: 17.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1943 Historic photo from Friday, August 20, 1943 - Chinese General P. Kiang and June Pattison, Miss Inglis, posing with Bren gun outside plant at 100,000th Bren gun ceremony, John Inglis Co., Ltd.  in Liberty VillageChinese General P. Kiang and June Pattison, Miss Inglis, posing with Bren gun outside plant at 100,000th Bren gun ceremony, John Inglis Co., Ltd.
75 years ago - Friday, August 20, 1943 - Liberty Village
Max temp: 24.4°C - Min temp: 13.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1943 Historic photo from Friday, August 20, 1943 - Chinese official at 100,000th Bren gun ceremony, John Inglis Co., Ltd. in Liberty VillageChinese official at 100,000th Bren gun ceremony, John Inglis Co., Ltd.
75 years ago - Friday, August 20, 1943 - Liberty Village
Max temp: 24.4°C - Min temp: 13.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1943 Historic photo from Friday, August 20, 1943 - Band waiting in shorts at the 100,000th Bren gun ceremony, John Inglis Co., Ltd. in Liberty VillageBand waiting in shorts at the 100,000th Bren gun ceremony, John Inglis Co., Ltd.
75 years ago - Friday, August 20, 1943 - Liberty Village
Max temp: 24.4°C - Min temp: 13.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
August 19 images permanent link to this day
1935 Historic photo from Monday, August 19, 1935 - Lots of people in the water at Cherry Beach in Cherry BeachLots of people in the water at Cherry Beach
83 years ago - Monday, August 19, 1935 - Cherry Beach
Max temp: 30.6°C - Min temp: 19.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
August 18 images permanent link to this day
1973 Historic photo from Saturday, August 18, 1973 - CN Tower - construction view from King St W, in front of the Royal Alex across the railyards in CNECN Tower - construction view from King St W, in front of the Royal Alex across the railyards
45 years ago - Saturday, August 18, 1973 - CNE
Max temp: 25.6°C - Min temp: 20.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1973 Historic photo from Saturday, August 18, 1973 - The Royal Alex marquee - with ad for 1972 play That Championship Season in King Street WestThe Royal Alex marquee - with ad for 1972 play That Championship Season
45 years ago - Saturday, August 18, 1973 - King Street West
Max temp: 25.6°C - Min temp: 20.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
August 17 images permanent link to this day
1896 Historic photo from Wednesday, August 17, 1896 - Union Hotel with kids sitting outside, Parkdale on Queen Street West in Beaconsfield VillageUnion Hotel with kids sitting outside, Parkdale on Queen Street West
(Categorized under: Hotels )
122 years ago - Wednesday, August 17, 1896 - Beaconsfield Village
Max temp: 22.8°C - Min temp: 11.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1935 Historic photo from Saturday, August 17, 1935 - Lytton Park - lawn bowling in Lytton ParkLytton Park - lawn bowling
83 years ago - Saturday, August 17, 1935 - Lytton Park
Max temp: 31.7°C - Min temp: 20.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1957 Historic photo from Saturday, August 17, 1957 - C.P.R., Runnymede Yards and roundhouse, Runnymede Rd., s.w. cor. St. Clair Ave. W.; looking w. along St. Clair Ave. W. from Runnymede Rd. in RunnymedeC.P.R., Runnymede Yards and roundhouse, Runnymede Rd., s.w. cor. St. Clair Ave. W.; looking w. along St. Clair Ave. W. from Runnymede Rd.
61 years ago - Saturday, August 17, 1957 - Runnymede
Max temp: 23.9°C - Min temp: 13.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1957 Historic photo from Saturday, August 17, 1957 - Interior of the roundhouse at the CPR Runnymede Yards in RunnymedeInterior of the roundhouse at the CPR Runnymede Yards
61 years ago - Saturday, August 17, 1957 - Runnymede
Max temp: 23.9°C - Min temp: 13.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
August 16 images permanent link to this day
1924 Historic photo from Saturday, August 16, 1924 - Panorama of lawn tennis courts in Riverdale Park, east side in Riverdale parkPanorama of lawn tennis courts in Riverdale Park, east side
94 years ago - Saturday, August 16, 1924 - Riverdale park
Max temp: 22.8°C - Min temp: 13.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1955 Historic photo from Tuesday, August 16, 1955 - York Mills Swimming Pool, Yonge St., e. side, s. of Mill St.; looking s.e. showing aftermath of Hurricane Hazel in Hoggs HollowYork Mills Swimming Pool, Yonge St., e. side, s. of Mill St.; looking s.e. showing aftermath of Hurricane Hazel
63 years ago - Tuesday, August 16, 1955 - Hoggs Hollow
Max temp: 27.8°C - Min temp: 18.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
August 15 images permanent link to this day
1954 Historic photo from Sunday, August 15, 1954 - Fire Hall on the west side Ossington just north of Bloor - torn down for the TTC subway entrance in Dovercourt ParkFire Hall on the west side Ossington just north of Bloor - torn down for the TTC subway entrance
64 years ago - Sunday, August 15, 1954 - Dovercourt Park
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
August 14 images permanent link to this day
1914 Historic photo from Friday, August 14, 1914 - Crowds watching a baseball game in Stanley Park in Stanley ParkCrowds watching a baseball game in Stanley Park
104 years ago - Friday, August 14, 1914 - Stanley Park
Max temp: 27.2°C - Min temp: 16.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
August 12 images permanent link to this day
1929 Historic photo from Monday, August 12, 1929 - Full view of the Princes Gates from the north in CNEFull view of the Princes Gates from the north
(Categorized under: Princes Gates )
89 years ago - Monday, August 12, 1929 - CNE
Max temp: 25.0°C - Min temp: 14.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1930 Historic photo from Tuesday, August 12, 1930 - Eglinton Park (Roselawn Avenue) Shelter in North TorontoEglinton Park (Roselawn Avenue) Shelter
88 years ago - Tuesday, August 12, 1930 - North Toronto
Max temp: 22.8°C - Min temp: 7.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1935 Historic photo from Monday, August 12, 1935 - Cherry Beach Lavatory in Cherry BeachCherry Beach Lavatory
83 years ago - Monday, August 12, 1935 - Cherry Beach
Max temp: 31.1°C - Min temp: 19.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1947 Historic photo from Tuesday, August 12, 1947 - Duplex at 95 Nairn Avenue in Little Italy (St. Clair)Duplex at 95 Nairn Avenue
71 years ago - Tuesday, August 12, 1947 - Little Italy (St. Clair)
Max temp: 33.9°C - Min temp: 18.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1955 Historic photo from Friday, August 12, 1955 - Shell Oil Tower, during construction - later the Bulova Watch Tower - 36 metre tall, demolished 1985 in CNEShell Oil Tower, during construction - later the Bulova Watch Tower - 36 metre tall, demolished 1985
63 years ago - Friday, August 12, 1955 - CNE
Max temp: 27.8°C - Min temp: 18.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
August 11 images permanent link to this day
1915 Historic photo from Wednesday, August 11, 1915 - West side of Havelock Street in Dufferin GroveWest side of Havelock Street
103 years ago - Wednesday, August 11, 1915 - Dufferin Grove
Max temp: 28.3°C - Min temp: 15.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1920 Historic photo from Wednesday, August 11, 1920 - Ossington Ave. south from Dundas in Trinity BellwoodsOssington Ave. south from Dundas
98 years ago - Wednesday, August 11, 1920 - Trinity Bellwoods
Max temp: 28.3°C - Min temp: 18.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1920 Historic photo from Wednesday, August 11, 1920 - Exhibition Planting in the gardens in CNEExhibition Planting in the gardens
98 years ago - Wednesday, August 11, 1920 - CNE
Max temp: 28.3°C - Min temp: 18.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1931 Historic photo from Tuesday, August 11, 1931 - Dupont St and Avenue Rd, looking north with a trolley on the way in The AnnexDupont St and Avenue Rd, looking north with a trolley on the way
87 years ago - Tuesday, August 11, 1931 - The Annex
Max temp: 22.8°C - Min temp: 15.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)