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 Garden District 82 years ago ( in 1938 ).

May 27 images permanent link to this day
1903 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 27, 1903 - Queen Victoria Monument shortly after it was unveiled on May 27th, 1903 in Queens ParkQueen Victoria Monument shortly after it was unveiled on May 27th, 1903
117 years ago - Wednesday, May 27, 1903 - Queens Park
Max temp: 24.4°C - Min temp: 13.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1925 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 27, 1925 - South-east view of Memorial Tower, University of Toronto in University of Toronto (U of T)South-east view of Memorial Tower, University of Toronto
95 years ago - Wednesday, May 27, 1925 - University of Toronto (U of T)
Max temp: 18.9°C - Min temp: 4.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1925 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 27, 1925 - Old Fort building in Fort YorkOld Fort building
95 years ago - Wednesday, May 27, 1925 - Fort York
Max temp: 18.9°C - Min temp: 4.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1925 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 27, 1925 - Site of Fort Rouille, Toronto in CNESite of Fort Rouille, Toronto
95 years ago - Wednesday, May 27, 1925 - CNE
Max temp: 18.9°C - Min temp: 4.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1941 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 27, 1941 - Olympian athlete and actor Buster Crabbe poses with 2 women in the Water Follies, Maple Leaf Gardens in Church-Wellesley VillageOlympian athlete and actor Buster Crabbe poses with 2 women in the Water Follies, Maple Leaf Gardens
79 years ago - Tuesday, May 27, 1941 - Church-Wellesley Village
Max temp: 27.2°C - Min temp: 15.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1941 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 27, 1941 - By the pool - Olympian athlete and actor Buster Crabbe poses with 2 women in the Water Follies, Maple Leaf Gardens in Church-Wellesley VillageBy the pool - Olympian athlete and actor Buster Crabbe poses with 2 women in the Water Follies, Maple Leaf Gardens
79 years ago - Tuesday, May 27, 1941 - Church-Wellesley Village
Max temp: 27.2°C - Min temp: 15.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
May 26 images permanent link to this day
1911 Historic photo from Friday, May 26, 1911 - Single span bridge at Centre Island with a canoe docked in Toronto IslandSingle span bridge at Centre Island with a canoe docked
109 years ago - Friday, May 26, 1911 - Toronto Island
Max temp: 25.0°C - Min temp: 11.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1916 Historic photo from Friday, May 26, 1916 - Men and horses working on King St. east of Strachan Ave. Track reconstruction in Stanley ParkMen and horses working on King St. east of Strachan Ave. Track reconstruction
104 years ago - Friday, May 26, 1916 - Stanley Park
Max temp: 18.9°C - Min temp: 10.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1920 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 26, 1920 - Construction of the Danforth Avenue lavatory in The DanforthConstruction of the Danforth Avenue lavatory
100 years ago - Wednesday, May 26, 1920 - The Danforth
Max temp: 24.4°C - Min temp: 10.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1920 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 26, 1920 - Rear view of the construction of the Danforth Avenue lavatory in The DanforthRear view of the construction of the Danforth Avenue lavatory
100 years ago - Wednesday, May 26, 1920 - The Danforth
Max temp: 24.4°C - Min temp: 10.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1926 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 26, 1926 - Polar bear cubs, Riverdale Zoo in Riverdale parkPolar bear cubs, Riverdale Zoo
94 years ago - Wednesday, May 26, 1926 - Riverdale park
Max temp: 16.7°C - Min temp: 6.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1972 Historic photo from Friday, May 26, 1972 - Long view of Downsview airport in DownsviewLong view of Downsview airport
48 years ago - Friday, May 26, 1972 - Downsview
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
May 25 images permanent link to this day
1911 Historic photo from Thursday, May 25, 1911 - Wilton and Church - track construction in Garden DistrictWilton and Church - track construction
109 years ago - Thursday, May 25, 1911 - Garden District
Max temp: 21.1°C - Min temp: 10.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1911 Historic photo from Thursday, May 25, 1911 - Wilton west of Jarvis - track construction in Garden DistrictWilton west of Jarvis - track construction
109 years ago - Thursday, May 25, 1911 - Garden District
Max temp: 21.1°C - Min temp: 10.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1934 Historic photo from Friday, May 25, 1934 - Rosehill Reservoir - Empty in RosehillRosehill Reservoir - Empty
86 years ago - Friday, May 25, 1934 - Rosehill
Max temp: 16.1°C - Min temp: 5.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1994 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 25, 1994 - Construction of the Bata Shoe Museum, north elevation - Moriyama & Teshima Architects in Huron SussexConstruction of the Bata Shoe Museum, north elevation - Moriyama & Teshima Architects
26 years ago - Wednesday, May 25, 1994 - Huron Sussex
Max temp: 19.4°C - Min temp: 10.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
May 24 images permanent link to this day
1913 Historic photo from Saturday, May 24, 1913 - Queen Victoria statue decorated with flowers, east of entrance to Parliament Buildings, Queens Park. in Queens ParkQueen Victoria statue decorated with flowers, east of entrance to Parliament Buildings, Queens Park.
107 years ago - Saturday, May 24, 1913 - Queens Park
Max temp: 19.4°C - Min temp: 10.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
2014 Historic photo from Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Shower in Green - Spadina House in Casa LomaShower in Green - Spadina House
(Categorized under: Spadina house )
6 years ago - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Casa Loma
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: 0.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location
2014 Historic photo from Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Another John Inglis gauge - High Level Pumping Station in Republic of RathnellyAnother John Inglis gauge - High Level Pumping Station
(Categorized under: High level pumping station )
6 years ago - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Republic of Rathnelly
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: 0.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location
2014 Historic photo from Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Hare Krishna leaded glass window 1 in SummerhillHare Krishna leaded glass window 1
(Categorized under: Avenue road church (at roxborough) )
6 years ago - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Summerhill
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: 0.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location
2014 Historic photo from Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Spadina House Dormers in Spadina HouseSpadina House Dormers
(Categorized under: Spadina house )
6 years ago - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Spadina House
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: 0.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location
2014 Historic photo from Saturday, May 24, 2014 - South side of Spadina House looking over Toronto in Spadina HouseSouth side of Spadina House looking over Toronto
(Categorized under: Spadina house )
6 years ago - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Spadina House
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: 0.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location
2014 Historic photo from Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Spadina House tree in Spadina HouseSpadina House tree
(Categorized under: Spadina house )
6 years ago - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Spadina House
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: 0.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location
2014 Historic photo from Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Art Nouveau frieze by Gustav Hahn - Spadina House Billiards room in Casa LomaArt Nouveau frieze by Gustav Hahn - Spadina House Billiards room
(Categorized under: Spadina house )
6 years ago - Saturday, May 24, 2014 - Casa Loma
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: 0.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location