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 Forest Hill 81 years ago ( in 1940 ).

March 6 images permanent link to this day
1955 Historic photo from Sunday, March 6, 1955 - Old Fire Hall, Toronto, Lombard St., n. side, w. of Jarvis St. (Second City for a while) in Old TownOld Fire Hall, Toronto, Lombard St., n. side, w. of Jarvis St. (Second City for a while)
66 years ago - Sunday, March 6, 1955 - Old Town
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: -6.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
March 5 images permanent link to this day
1902 Historic photo from Wednesday, March 5, 1902 - Paderewski playing the piano at Massey Music Hall $1.00 to $2.50 per seat in Garden DistrictPaderewski playing the piano at Massey Music Hall $1.00 to $2.50 per seat
(Categorized under: Massey Hall )
119 years ago - Wednesday, March 5, 1902 - Garden District
Max temp: 1.1°C - Min temp: -5.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1912 Historic photo from Tuesday, March 5, 1912 - Anderson Street Widening - 268-270 Simcoe Street in DowntownAnderson Street Widening - 268-270 Simcoe Street
109 years ago - Tuesday, March 5, 1912 - Downtown
Max temp: -6.7°C - Min temp: -15.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
March 4 images permanent link to this day
1895 Historic photo from Monday, March 4, 1895 - Robert Simpson Co., department store after 1895 fire - Yonge St., s.w. corner Queen St. W. in DowntownRobert Simpson Co., department store after 1895 fire - Yonge St., s.w. corner Queen St. W.
126 years ago - Monday, March 4, 1895 - Downtown
Max temp: -12.8°C - Min temp: -16.7°C - 6.1cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1918 Historic photo from Monday, March 4, 1918 - Spectators and crashed car after auto accident No. 1042 Bloor Street West near Walmer Road in The AnnexSpectators and crashed car after auto accident No. 1042 Bloor Street West near Walmer Road
103 years ago - Monday, March 4, 1918 - The Annex
Max temp: 2.2°C - Min temp: -7.2°C - 1.0cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1921 Historic photo from Friday, March 4, 1921 - Margaret Eaton School, North Street (now Bay Street) in YorkvilleMargaret Eaton School, North Street (now Bay Street)
100 years ago - Friday, March 4, 1921 - Yorkville
Max temp: -5.0°C - Min temp: -13.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1921 Historic photo from Friday, March 4, 1921 - 52 North Street - Terauley Street Extension in Yorkville52 North Street - Terauley Street Extension
100 years ago - Friday, March 4, 1921 - Yorkville
Max temp: -5.0°C - Min temp: -13.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1924 Historic photo from Tuesday, March 4, 1924 - No. 83-85 Bloor Street West in YorkvilleNo. 83-85 Bloor Street West
97 years ago - Tuesday, March 4, 1924 - Yorkville
Max temp: 4.4°C - Min temp: 0.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
March 3 images permanent link to this day
1928 Historic photo from Saturday, March 3, 1928 - Front and Simcoe, 1:33 p.m., looking south, from north side of Simcoe, north of Front in DowntownFront and Simcoe, 1:33 p.m., looking south, from north side of Simcoe, north of Front
93 years ago - Saturday, March 3, 1928 - Downtown
Max temp: -1.7°C - Min temp: -11.7°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1928 Historic photo from Saturday, March 3, 1928 - Front and Simcoe, 12:05 p.m., looking east, from north side of Front Street, west of Simcoe in DowntownFront and Simcoe, 12:05 p.m., looking east, from north side of Front Street, west of Simcoe
93 years ago - Saturday, March 3, 1928 - Downtown
Max temp: -1.7°C - Min temp: -11.7°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1928 Historic photo from Saturday, March 3, 1928 - Front and Simcoe, 11:50 a.m., looking east, from north side of Front Street, west of Simcoe in DowntownFront and Simcoe, 11:50 a.m., looking east, from north side of Front Street, west of Simcoe
93 years ago - Saturday, March 3, 1928 - Downtown
Max temp: -1.7°C - Min temp: -11.7°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
March 2 images permanent link to this day
1904 Historic photo from Wednesday, March 2, 1904 - Queen City Yacht Club and RCYC - Toronto waterfront across the ice from the bay in HarbourfrontQueen City Yacht Club and RCYC - Toronto waterfront across the ice from the bay
117 years ago - Wednesday, March 2, 1904 - Harbourfront
Max temp: 5.6°C - Min temp: -2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1934 Historic photo from Friday, March 2, 1934 - Bloor St, looking east, at Sterling Rd, to Symington Ave, case #1338, (Legal Department) in The JunctionBloor St, looking east, at Sterling Rd, to Symington Ave, case #1338, (Legal Department)
87 years ago - Friday, March 2, 1934 - The Junction
Max temp: 4.4°C - Min temp: -1.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1934 Historic photo from Friday, March 2, 1934 - Case #1338, Bloor St, east of Symington, looking wast to Symington and Sterling Rd, (Legal Department) in The JunctionCase #1338, Bloor St, east of Symington, looking wast to Symington and Sterling Rd, (Legal Department)
87 years ago - Friday, March 2, 1934 - The Junction
Max temp: 4.4°C - Min temp: -1.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
March 1 images permanent link to this day
1921 Historic photo from Tuesday, March 1, 1921 - Old City Hall roof  - southwest corner of James Street, defective plate and rafters in City HallOld City Hall roof - southwest corner of James Street, defective plate and rafters
100 years ago - Tuesday, March 1, 1921 - City Hall
Max temp: 7.2°C - Min temp: 1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1921 Historic photo from Tuesday, March 1, 1921 - Old City Hall roof rafters, Terauley Street in City HallOld City Hall roof rafters, Terauley Street
100 years ago - Tuesday, March 1, 1921 - City Hall
Max temp: 7.2°C - Min temp: 1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1928 Historic photo from Thursday, March 1, 1928 - Construction of the new Glen Road, bridge, north of South Drive in RosedaleConstruction of the new Glen Road, bridge, north of South Drive
93 years ago - Thursday, March 1, 1928 - Rosedale
Max temp: 0.6°C - Min temp: -5.6°C - 5.1cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
February 28 images permanent link to this day
1889 Historic photo from Thursday, February 28, 1889 - University College, east facade from the Monument - snowstorm of 1889 in University of Toronto (U of T)University College, east facade from the Monument - snowstorm of 1889
132 years ago - Thursday, February 28, 1889 - University of Toronto (U of T)
Max temp: 1.7°C - Min temp: -2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1889 Historic photo from Thursday, February 28, 1889 - East facade of University College during the snowstorm of 1899 in University of Toronto (U of T)East facade of University College during the snowstorm of 1899
132 years ago - Thursday, February 28, 1889 - University of Toronto (U of T)
Max temp: 1.7°C - Min temp: -2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1984 Historic photo from Tuesday, February 28, 1984 - View of Nathan Phillips Square ice rink covered in snow in City HallView of Nathan Phillips Square ice rink covered in snow
37 years ago - Tuesday, February 28, 1984 - City Hall
Max temp: -4.5°C - Min temp: -6.0°C - 24.4cm of snowfall - 12.0cm of snow on the ground (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
February 27 images permanent link to this day
1915 Historic photo from Saturday, February 27, 1915 - Moss Park Start of the Boys Skating Championships race in Moss ParkMoss Park Start of the Boys Skating Championships race
106 years ago - Saturday, February 27, 1915 - Moss Park
Max temp: -3.9°C - Min temp: -10.6°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Saturday, February 27, 1915 - Bloor Street Viaduct construction looking east in Don RiverBloor Street Viaduct construction looking east
106 years ago - Saturday, February 27, 1915 - Don River
Max temp: -3.9°C - Min temp: -10.6°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1924 Historic photo from Wednesday, February 27, 1924 - Southwest corner Yonge and Roxborough - Gas Station in SummerhillSouthwest corner Yonge and Roxborough - Gas Station
97 years ago - Wednesday, February 27, 1924 - Summerhill
Max temp: 3.9°C - Min temp: -12.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1942 Historic photo from Friday, February 27, 1942 - Major General Whang Ping-hing inspecting Bren gun during visit of Chinese officials to John Inglis Co., Ltd. in Liberty VillageMajor General Whang Ping-hing inspecting Bren gun during visit of Chinese officials to John Inglis Co., Ltd.
79 years ago - Friday, February 27, 1942 - Liberty Village
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: -6.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)