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 85 years ago ( in 1939 ).

May 18 images permanent link to this day
1926 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 18, 1926 - Chippewa Avenue bridge with metal railings, Centre Island in Toronto IslandChippewa Avenue bridge with metal railings, Centre Island
(Categorized under: Toronto Island bridges )
98 years ago - Tuesday, May 18, 1926 - Toronto Island
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
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?)
76 years ago - Tuesday, May 18, 1948 - Bridle Path at 2075 Bayview Ave south of Lawrence Ave. East
Max temp: 15.6°C - Min temp: 10.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1979 Historic photo from Friday, May 18, 1979 - Enoch Turner Schoolhouse - reads School house erected by Enoch Turner, A.D. 1848 in CorktownEnoch Turner Schoolhouse - reads School house erected by Enoch Turner, A.D. 1848
(Categorized under: Schools )
45 years ago - Friday, May 18, 1979 - Corktown at 106 Trinity Street n. of Front Street East
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
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
43 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 - Palace Street School, Canary Restaurant, Cherry Street Hotel in Distillery DistrictPalace Street School, Canary Restaurant, Cherry Street Hotel
(Categorized under: Hotels --- Schools )
43 years ago - Monday, May 18, 1981 - Distillery District at 453 Front Street East
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
43 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
43 years ago - Monday, May 18, 1981 - Ontario Place at 955 Lakeshore Boulevard West
Max temp: 14.8°C - Min temp: 4.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
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,
89 years ago - Friday, May 17, 1935 - Casa Loma at 501 St Clair Ave West at Bathurst Street
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
89 years ago - Friday, May 17, 1935 - Casa Loma at 308 St Clair Ave West at Spadina Road
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)
89 years ago - Friday, May 17, 1935 - Casa Loma at 398 St Clair Ave West
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)
89 years ago - Friday, May 17, 1935 - Deer Park at 123 St Clair Ave West at Oriole Road
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)
89 years ago - Friday, May 17, 1935 - Deer Park at 79 St Clair Ave West at Deer Park Cres
Max temp: 14.4°C - Min temp: 6.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1983 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 17, 1983 - Roy Orbison brought warmth to the hearts if not the feet of fans who braved the unseasonbly frigid air at Ontario Place in Ontario PlaceRoy Orbison brought warmth to the hearts if not the feet of fans who braved the unseasonbly frigid air at Ontario Place
(Categorized under: Ontario Place Forum )
41 years ago - Tuesday, May 17, 1983 - Ontario Place at 955 Lakeshore Boulevard West
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
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
98 years ago - Sunday, May 16, 1926 - Upper Jarvis at 495 Jarvis Street s.e. corner at Wellesley St. East
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
94 years ago - Friday, May 16, 1930 - Leslieville at 889 Gerrard Street East just east of Carlaw Ave.
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
94 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
85 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
85 years ago - Tuesday, May 16, 1939 - Art Gallery of Ontario at 317 Dundas Street West s.e. corner at Beverley Street
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 - Movement - an exhibition of childrens artwork in Art Gallery of OntarioMovement - an exhibition of childrens artwork
85 years ago - Tuesday, May 16, 1939 - Art Gallery of Ontario at 317 Dundas Street West s.e. corner at Beverley Street
Max temp: 17.8°C - Min temp: 10.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1940 Historic photo from Thursday, May 16, 1940 - Flavelle House as it was being converted to the new Law School in Queens ParkFlavelle House as it was being converted to the new Law School
(Categorized under: Holwood )
84 years ago - Thursday, May 16, 1940 - Queens Park at 78 Queens Park Crescent West
Max temp: 11.1°C - Min temp: 7.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the University of Toronto Archives)
2004 Historic photo from Sunday, May 16, 2004 - 320 Bloor St W - May 16, 2004 by 'collations'  - Patrick Cummins in The Annex320 Bloor St W - May 16, 2004 by 'collations' - Patrick Cummins
20 years ago - Sunday, May 16, 2004 - The Annex at 320 Bloor Street West
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: 0.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
May 15 images permanent link to this day
1911 Historic photo from Monday, May 15, 1911 - Spadina and Adelaide - CocaCola sign  in Entertainment DistrictSpadina and Adelaide - CocaCola sign
113 years ago - Monday, May 15, 1911 - Entertainment District
Max temp: 26.7°C - Min temp: 7.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1913 Historic photo from Thursday, May 15, 1913 - 7 Rosedale Lane (south side, first house off Yonge Street) in Rosedale7 Rosedale Lane (south side, first house off Yonge Street)
111 years ago - Thursday, May 15, 1913 - Rosedale at 7 Rosedale Lane just east of Yonge Street
Max temp: 9.4°C - Min temp: 4.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1913 Historic photo from Thursday, May 15, 1913 - 7 Rosedale Lane (rear view) in Rosedale7 Rosedale Lane (rear view)
111 years ago - Thursday, May 15, 1913 - Rosedale at 7 Rosedale Lane just east of Yonge Street
Max temp: 9.4°C - Min temp: 4.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)