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 on June 1, including York University 47 years ago ( in 1969 ).

May 31 images permanent link to this day
1933 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 31, 1933 - 107-109 Cowan Ave in Parkdale107-109 Cowan Ave
83 years ago - Wednesday, May 31, 1933 - Parkdale
Max temp: 17.2°C - Min temp: 10.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1955 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 31, 1955 - Royal Alexandra Theatre, built 1907,  oldest continuously operating theatre in North America in King Street WestRoyal Alexandra Theatre, built 1907, oldest continuously operating theatre in North America
(Categorized under: Downtown theatres )
61 years ago - Tuesday, May 31, 1955 - King Street West
Max temp: 17.8°C - Min temp: 11.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
May 30 images permanent link to this day
1917 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 30, 1917 - Spadina Avenue looking north to College Street in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Spadina Avenue looking north to College Street
99 years ago - Wednesday, May 30, 1917 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 21.1°C - Min temp: 4.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Friday, May 30, 1919 - Horse drawn Andrews Bread cart on Spadina Ave. at Nassau in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Horse drawn Andrews Bread cart on Spadina Ave. at Nassau
97 years ago - Friday, May 30, 1919 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 30.0°C - Min temp: 16.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Friday, May 30, 1919 - Spadina Ave. laying new track in Entertainment DistrictSpadina Ave. laying new track
97 years ago - Friday, May 30, 1919 - Entertainment District
Max temp: 30.0°C - Min temp: 16.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Friday, May 30, 1919 - Belt Line car 592 passing street car track construction on Spadina Avenue in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Belt Line car 592 passing street car track construction on Spadina Avenue
97 years ago - Friday, May 30, 1919 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 30.0°C - Min temp: 16.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Friday, May 30, 1919 - 2 men  working on new streetcar tracks on Spadina Ave. in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)2 men working on new streetcar tracks on Spadina Ave.
97 years ago - Friday, May 30, 1919 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 30.0°C - Min temp: 16.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Friday, May 30, 1919 - Spadina Ave. -new track in Chinatown (Spadina Ave)Spadina Ave. -new track
97 years ago - Friday, May 30, 1919 - Chinatown (Spadina Ave)
Max temp: 30.0°C - Min temp: 16.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1923 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 30, 1923 - Dundas and Bond, looking west in Garden DistrictDundas and Bond, looking west
93 years ago - Wednesday, May 30, 1923 - Garden District
Max temp: 21.7°C - Min temp: 7.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1923 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 30, 1923 - Dundas and Bond, looking west in DowntownDundas and Bond, looking west
93 years ago - Wednesday, May 30, 1923 - Downtown
Max temp: 21.7°C - Min temp: 7.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1935 Historic photo from Thursday, May 30, 1935 - Store for rent at the northwest corner Annette and Beresford in RunnymedeStore for rent at the northwest corner Annette and Beresford
81 years ago - Thursday, May 30, 1935 - Runnymede
Max temp: 23.3°C - Min temp: 9.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1974 Historic photo from Thursday, May 30, 1974 - Old Firestation Tower beside new building on Grosvenor Street in Church-Wellesley VillageOld Firestation Tower beside new building on Grosvenor Street
42 years ago - Thursday, May 30, 1974 - Church-Wellesley Village
Max temp: 20.0°C - Min temp: 11.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
May 29 images permanent link to this day
1925 Historic photo from Friday, May 29, 1925 - Riverdale Zoo enclosures (Motor Coach Department) in Riverdale parkRiverdale Zoo enclosures (Motor Coach Department)
91 years ago - Friday, May 29, 1925 - Riverdale park
Max temp: 19.4°C - Min temp: 10.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1940 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 29, 1940 - Old two storey house with No Trespassing sign in Moore ParkOld two storey house with No Trespassing sign
76 years ago - Wednesday, May 29, 1940 - Moore Park
Max temp: 15.0°C - Min temp: 12.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1940 Historic photo from Wednesday, May 29, 1940 - Old house at 57 Welland Avenue in Moore ParkOld house at 57 Welland Avenue
76 years ago - Wednesday, May 29, 1940 - Moore Park
Max temp: 15.0°C - Min temp: 12.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1952 Historic photo from Thursday, May 29, 1952 - 330 Carlaw Avenue - face at rear of manufacturing plant in Leslieville330 Carlaw Avenue - face at rear of manufacturing plant
64 years ago - Thursday, May 29, 1952 - Leslieville
Max temp: 17.2°C - Min temp: 8.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1952 Historic photo from Thursday, May 29, 1952 - 330 Carlaw Avenue - warehouse and manufacturing, Sturgeons in Leslieville330 Carlaw Avenue - warehouse and manufacturing, Sturgeons
64 years ago - Thursday, May 29, 1952 - Leslieville
Max temp: 17.2°C - Min temp: 8.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1952 Historic photo from Thursday, May 29, 1952 - 330 Carlaw Avenue - Office Building, Sturgeons in Leslieville330 Carlaw Avenue - Office Building, Sturgeons
64 years ago - Thursday, May 29, 1952 - Leslieville
Max temp: 17.2°C - Min temp: 8.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
May 28 images permanent link to this day
1912 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 28, 1912 - St. Clair looking East from Bathurst Street @ R.J. Fleming property in Forest HillSt. Clair looking East from Bathurst Street @ R.J. Fleming property
104 years ago - Tuesday, May 28, 1912 - Forest Hill
Max temp: 26.1°C - Min temp: 11.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Friday, May 28, 1915 - Bloor Street widening at Jarvis Street in Upper JarvisBloor Street widening at Jarvis Street
101 years ago - Friday, May 28, 1915 - Upper Jarvis
Max temp: 17.2°C - Min temp: 3.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1918 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 28, 1918 - 3:56PM Fire Hall tower, C. N. E. in CNE3:56PM Fire Hall tower, C. N. E.
98 years ago - Tuesday, May 28, 1918 - CNE
Max temp: 22.2°C - Min temp: 15.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1938 Historic photo from Saturday, May 28, 1938 - W. York Laundry at 390-396 Church Street in Garden DistrictW. York Laundry at 390-396 Church Street
78 years ago - Saturday, May 28, 1938 - Garden District
Max temp: 22.2°C - Min temp: 15.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
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
113 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
91 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)