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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Next update:

The next update will be available on March 1, including City Hall 103 years ago ( in 1921 ).

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
135 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
135 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
40 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
109 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
109 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
100 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.
82 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)
1942 Historic photo from Friday, February 27, 1942 - Visit of Chinese officials to John Inglis Co., Ltd.   in Liberty VillageVisit of Chinese officials to John Inglis Co., Ltd.
82 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)
February 26 images permanent link to this day
1912 Historic photo from Monday, February 26, 1912 - Furniture store - northwest corner Queen Street West and Euclid Avenue - old house in Trinity BellwoodsFurniture store - northwest corner Queen Street West and Euclid Avenue - old house
112 years ago - Monday, February 26, 1912 - Trinity Bellwoods
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1918 Historic photo from Tuesday, February 26, 1918 - Don flood, south from Wilton Avenue Bridge (Dundas) in Riverside-South RiverdaleDon flood, south from Wilton Avenue Bridge (Dundas)
(Categorized under: Don Jail --- Don River )
106 years ago - Tuesday, February 26, 1918 - Riverside-South Riverdale
Max temp: 7.2°C - Min temp: -9.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1918 Historic photo from Tuesday, February 26, 1918 - Don flood, north of Wilton Avenue Bridge with Don Jail in background in Riverside-South RiverdaleDon flood, north of Wilton Avenue Bridge with Don Jail in background
(Categorized under: Don River )
106 years ago - Tuesday, February 26, 1918 - Riverside-South Riverdale
Max temp: 7.2°C - Min temp: -9.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1980 Historic photo from Tuesday, February 26, 1980 - Sherbourne St. Carriage House demolition - view from Frederick, north from Esplanade in St. LawrenceSherbourne St. Carriage House demolition - view from Frederick, north from Esplanade
44 years ago - Tuesday, February 26, 1980 - St. Lawrence
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
February 25 images permanent link to this day
1935 Historic photo from Monday, February 25, 1935 - Colour sketch of Alexandra Gates when it was on Avenue Road in Royal Ontario MuseumColour sketch of Alexandra Gates when it was on Avenue Road
(Categorized under: Architectural drawings --- Alexandra Gates )
89 years ago - Monday, February 25, 1935 - Royal Ontario Museum
Max temp: -3.3°C - Min temp: -6.7°C - 7.6cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
February 24 images permanent link to this day
1899 Historic photo from Friday, February 24, 1899 - After the breaking up of the Don River : entrance to Rosedale Creek sewer in Riverdale parkAfter the breaking up of the Don River : entrance to Rosedale Creek sewer
125 years ago - Friday, February 24, 1899 - Riverdale park
Max temp: -3.3°C - Min temp: -11.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1913 Historic photo from Monday, February 24, 1913 - Withrow Park - south section from Carlaw Avenue in RiverdaleWithrow Park - south section from Carlaw Avenue
111 years ago - Monday, February 24, 1913 - Riverdale
Max temp: -10.0°C - Min temp: -16.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
February 23 images permanent link to this day
1912 Historic photo from Friday, February 23, 1912 - Old houses and partial building, including 104 Elm Street in Discovery DistrictOld houses and partial building, including 104 Elm Street
112 years ago - Friday, February 23, 1912 - Discovery District
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: -13.3°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1955 Historic photo from Wednesday, February 23, 1955 - La Casa dei Film Italiani - Royal Theatre 606 College Street in Little Italy (College St)La Casa dei Film Italiani - Royal Theatre 606 College Street
69 years ago - Wednesday, February 23, 1955 - Little Italy (College St)
Max temp: 1.1°C - Min temp: -2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From York University Archives)
February 22 images permanent link to this day
1906 Historic photo from Thursday, February 22, 1906 - Interior of the Cottingham Street Mens lavatory at Yonge Street in SummerhillInterior of the Cottingham Street Mens lavatory at Yonge Street
118 years ago - Thursday, February 22, 1906 - Summerhill
Max temp: 0.6°C - Min temp: -2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1906 Historic photo from Thursday, February 22, 1906 - Interior of the Cottingham Street Mens washroom at Yonge Street in SummerhillInterior of the Cottingham Street Mens washroom at Yonge Street
118 years ago - Thursday, February 22, 1906 - Summerhill
Max temp: 0.6°C - Min temp: -2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1906 Historic photo from Thursday, February 22, 1906 - Exterior of the Cottingham Street Mens washroom at Yonge Street in SummerhillExterior of the Cottingham Street Mens washroom at Yonge Street
118 years ago - Thursday, February 22, 1906 - Summerhill
Max temp: 0.6°C - Min temp: -2.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1923 Historic photo from Thursday, February 22, 1923 - Colonial Theatre on Queen Street - constructed from fragments of old Customs House - aka The Bay in City HallColonial Theatre on Queen Street - constructed from fragments of old Customs House - aka The Bay
(Categorized under: Downtown theatres )
101 years ago - Thursday, February 22, 1923 - City Hall
Max temp: -1.1°C - Min temp: -9.4°C - 0.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
February 21 images permanent link to this day
1925 Historic photo from Saturday, February 21, 1925 - Regent on Adelaide St. west of Yonge - Ad for Forbidden Fruit by Cecil B. De Mille in DowntownRegent on Adelaide St. west of Yonge - Ad for Forbidden Fruit by Cecil B. De Mille
(Categorized under: Downtown theatres )
99 years ago - Saturday, February 21, 1925 - Downtown
Max temp: 6.1°C - Min temp: -1.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1974 Historic photo from Thursday, February 21, 1974 - Parcel 2220, 274-278 Dupont Street next to Modern Laundry in The AnnexParcel 2220, 274-278 Dupont Street next to Modern Laundry
50 years ago - Thursday, February 21, 1974 - The Annex
Max temp: 5.0°C - Min temp: -2.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1974 Historic photo from Thursday, February 21, 1974 - Now Dupond Subway Station - 274-278 Dupont Street, front, Bank of Nova Scotia in The AnnexNow Dupond Subway Station - 274-278 Dupont Street, front, Bank of Nova Scotia
50 years ago - Thursday, February 21, 1974 - The Annex
Max temp: 5.0°C - Min temp: -2.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)