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 Royal Ontario Museum 105 years ago ( in 1914 ).

May 19 images permanent link to this day
1914 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 19, 1914 - Exhibition Park - flowerbeds in front of the Horticultural Building in CNEExhibition Park - flowerbeds in front of the Horticultural Building
105 years ago - Tuesday, May 19, 1914 - CNE
Max temp: 25.6°C - Min temp: 8.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1939 Historic photo from Friday, May 19, 1939 - Old toilet at 113 Strachan Ave. in Stanley ParkOld toilet at 113 Strachan Ave.
80 years ago - Friday, May 19, 1939 - Stanley Park
Max temp: 28.3°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1939 Historic photo from Friday, May 19, 1939 - Building materials and bricks out back of 109-117 Strachan Ave. in Stanley ParkBuilding materials and bricks out back of 109-117 Strachan Ave.
80 years ago - Friday, May 19, 1939 - Stanley Park
Max temp: 28.3°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1939 Historic photo from Friday, May 19, 1939 - Decorations for visit of King George VI on Old City Hall in City HallDecorations for visit of King George VI on Old City Hall
80 years ago - Friday, May 19, 1939 - City Hall
Max temp: 28.3°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1939 Historic photo from Friday, May 19, 1939 - Decorations for visit of King George VI - looking south down Bay from Queen in City HallDecorations for visit of King George VI - looking south down Bay from Queen
80 years ago - Friday, May 19, 1939 - City Hall
Max temp: 28.3°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1939 Historic photo from Friday, May 19, 1939 - Decorations for visit of King George VI - looking east to T. Eatons Co. building in City HallDecorations for visit of King George VI - looking east to T. Eatons Co. building
80 years ago - Friday, May 19, 1939 - City Hall
Max temp: 28.3°C - Min temp: 5.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1940 Historic photo from Sunday, May 19, 1940 - Roof torn off the Don Rowing Club in May 19th, 1940 storm in HarbourfrontRoof torn off the Don Rowing Club in May 19th, 1940 storm
79 years ago - Sunday, May 19, 1940 - Harbourfront
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1984 Historic photo from Saturday, May 19, 1984 - Great Hall at 1087 Queen St West at Dovercourt - southeast corner in Beaconsfield VillageGreat Hall at 1087 Queen St West at Dovercourt - southeast corner
35 years ago - Saturday, May 19, 1984 - Beaconsfield Village
Max temp: 24.8°C - Min temp: 10.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1984 Historic photo from Saturday, May 19, 1984 - Bell roof on round tower on the Great Hall - Queen St W. at Dovercourt - built 1889 in Beaconsfield VillageBell roof on round tower on the Great Hall - Queen St W. at Dovercourt - built 1889
35 years ago - Saturday, May 19, 1984 - Beaconsfield Village
Max temp: 24.8°C - Min temp: 10.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
May 18 images permanent link to this day
1948 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 18, 1948 - Red Cross Building at Sunnybrook Hospital (flag at half-mast?) in Bridle PathRed Cross Building at Sunnybrook Hospital (flag at half-mast?)
71 years ago - Tuesday, May 18, 1948 - Bridle Path
Max temp: 15.6°C - Min temp: 10.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1981 Historic photo from Monday, May 18, 1981 - Eastern Ave - May 18, 1981 by 'collations' Patrick Cummins in Riverside-South RiverdaleEastern Ave - May 18, 1981 by 'collations' Patrick Cummins
38 years ago - Monday, May 18, 1981 - Riverside-South Riverdale
Max temp: 14.8°C - Min temp: 4.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1981 Historic photo from Monday, May 18, 1981 - Cherry St - Canary Restaurant, Palace Street School, and Cherry Street Hotel in Distillery DistrictCherry St - Canary Restaurant, Palace Street School, and Cherry Street Hotel
(Categorized under: Hotels )
38 years ago - Monday, May 18, 1981 - Distillery District
Max temp: 14.8°C - Min temp: 4.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1981 Historic photo from Monday, May 18, 1981 - Cherry St, ws, south of Front St E. One of the last originally residential structures left by 'collations' Patrick Cummins in Distillery DistrictCherry St, ws, south of Front St E. One of the last originally residential structures left by 'collations' Patrick Cummins
38 years ago - Monday, May 18, 1981 - Distillery District
Max temp: 14.8°C - Min temp: 4.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1981 Historic photo from Monday, May 18, 1981 - 45,000 people watching the fireworks at Ontario Place over the geodesic dome of the Cinespehere in Ontario Place45,000 people watching the fireworks at Ontario Place over the geodesic dome of the Cinespehere
38 years ago - Monday, May 18, 1981 - Ontario Place
Max temp: 14.8°C - Min temp: 4.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
May 17 images permanent link to this day
1935 Historic photo from Friday, May 17, 1935 - Streetcar tracks and Canada Dry delivery on St Clair Ave, east, from, Bathurst St, in Casa LomaStreetcar tracks and Canada Dry delivery on St Clair Ave, east, from, Bathurst St,
84 years ago - Friday, May 17, 1935 - Casa Loma
Max temp: 14.4°C - Min temp: 6.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1935 Historic photo from Friday, May 17, 1935 - St Clair Ave, west, from Spadina Road in Casa LomaSt Clair Ave, west, from Spadina Road
84 years ago - Friday, May 17, 1935 - Casa Loma
Max temp: 14.4°C - Min temp: 6.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1935 Historic photo from Friday, May 17, 1935 - St Clair Ave, east, from Wells Hill, (Way Department) in Casa LomaSt Clair Ave, east, from Wells Hill, (Way Department)
84 years ago - Friday, May 17, 1935 - Casa Loma
Max temp: 14.4°C - Min temp: 6.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1935 Historic photo from Friday, May 17, 1935 - St Clair Ave, west, from Oriole Rd, (Way Department) in Deer ParkSt Clair Ave, west, from Oriole Rd, (Way Department)
84 years ago - Friday, May 17, 1935 - Deer Park
Max temp: 14.4°C - Min temp: 6.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1935 Historic photo from Friday, May 17, 1935 - St Clair Ave, east from Deer Park Cres, (Way Department) in Deer ParkSt Clair Ave, east from Deer Park Cres, (Way Department)
84 years ago - Friday, May 17, 1935 - Deer Park
Max temp: 14.4°C - Min temp: 6.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
May 16 images permanent link to this day
1926 Historic photo from Sunday, May 16, 1926 - Exterior of Jarvis Collegiate, Toronto in Upper JarvisExterior of Jarvis Collegiate, Toronto
93 years ago - Sunday, May 16, 1926 - Upper Jarvis
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1930 Historic photo from Friday, May 16, 1930 - Conger Lehigh Coal Co - Northeast from 889 Gerrard Street in LeslievilleConger Lehigh Coal Co - Northeast from 889 Gerrard Street
89 years ago - Friday, May 16, 1930 - Leslieville
Max temp: 17.8°C - Min temp: 9.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1930 Historic photo from Friday, May 16, 1930 - Shrine peace monument, external gardens under construction in CNEShrine peace monument, external gardens under construction
89 years ago - Friday, May 16, 1930 - CNE
Max temp: 17.8°C - Min temp: 9.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1939 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 16, 1939 - An exhibition of childrens Saturday Morning Class artwork  in Art Gallery of OntarioAn exhibition of childrens Saturday Morning Class artwork
80 years ago - Tuesday, May 16, 1939 - Art Gallery of Ontario
Max temp: 17.8°C - Min temp: 10.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1939 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 16, 1939 - Train Mural in an exhibition of childrens art in Art Gallery of OntarioTrain Mural in an exhibition of childrens art
80 years ago - Tuesday, May 16, 1939 - Art Gallery of Ontario
Max temp: 17.8°C - Min temp: 10.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)