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 Kensington Market 81 years ago ( in 1943 ).

July 21 images permanent link to this day
1982 Historic photo from Wednesday, July 21, 1982 - North-west corner of Boulton Avenue and First Avenue - dairy in the 1860s in Riverside-South RiverdaleNorth-west corner of Boulton Avenue and First Avenue - dairy in the 1860s
42 years ago - Wednesday, July 21, 1982 - Riverside-South Riverdale at 234 Boulton Ave n.w. corner at First Ave
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
July 20 images permanent link to this day
1796 Historic photo from Wednesday, July 20, 1796 - Castle Frank near York - Elizabeth Simcoe painting of original pine log cabin, modelled on classical Greek temple - burned down 1829 in RosedaleCastle Frank near York - Elizabeth Simcoe painting of original pine log cabin, modelled on classical Greek temple - burned down 1829
(Categorized under: Estates and Houses )
228 years ago - Wednesday, July 20, 1796 - Rosedale at 725 Bloor Street East
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1922 Historic photo from Thursday, July 20, 1922 - Garden Wall along Spadina Rd outside Ardwold in Casa LomaGarden Wall along Spadina Rd outside Ardwold
(Categorized under: Ardwold )
102 years ago - Thursday, July 20, 1922 - Casa Loma at 291 Spadina Road
Max temp: 26.7°C - Min temp: 11.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
1971 Historic photo from Tuesday, July 20, 1971 - Toronto Symphony on the rotating stage of the the Ontario Place Forum in Ontario PlaceToronto Symphony on the rotating stage of the the Ontario Place Forum
53 years ago - Tuesday, July 20, 1971 - Ontario Place
Max temp: 23.3°C - Min temp: 12.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1987 Historic photo from Monday, July 20, 1987 - Wedding at Casa Loma - she was in a 17th-century wedding dress, he was in a suit of armor in Casa LomaWedding at Casa Loma - she was in a 17th-century wedding dress, he was in a suit of armor
(Categorized under: Casa Loma )
37 years ago - Monday, July 20, 1987 - Casa Loma at 1 Austin Terrace next to the Baldwin Steps
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library Still not back as of March 2024)
July 19 images permanent link to this day
1922 Historic photo from Wednesday, July 19, 1922 - Ossington north of Dundas - track construction in Trinity BellwoodsOssington north of Dundas - track construction
102 years ago - Wednesday, July 19, 1922 - Trinity Bellwoods at Ossington Ave
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Library and Archives Canada)
1928 Historic photo from Thursday, July 19, 1928 - Classroom in Swansea School on Windermere in SwanseaClassroom in Swansea School on Windermere
96 years ago - Thursday, July 19, 1928 - Swansea at 207 Windermere Ave
Max temp: 25.0°C - Min temp: 19.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1928 Historic photo from Thursday, July 19, 1928 - Windermere School, Swansea, exterior with baby prams out front in SwanseaWindermere School, Swansea, exterior with baby prams out front
96 years ago - Thursday, July 19, 1928 - Swansea at 207 Windermere Ave
Max temp: 25.0°C - Min temp: 19.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1932 Historic photo from Tuesday, July 19, 1932 - Bathing station, foot of Cherry Street in Cherry BeachBathing station, foot of Cherry Street
92 years ago - Tuesday, July 19, 1932 - Cherry Beach
Max temp: 28.9°C - Min temp: 17.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
2006 Historic photo from Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - Zion Schoolhouse exterior - built in 1869 by the farming families in the L Amoreaux community - closed as a school in 1955 in North YorkZion Schoolhouse exterior - built in 1869 by the farming families in the L Amoreaux community - closed as a school in 1955
(Categorized under: Schools )
18 years ago - Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - North York at 1091 Finch Ave East east of Leslie Street
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: 0.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
2006 Historic photo from Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - Zion Schoolhouse classroom with instructor and students in North YorkZion Schoolhouse classroom with instructor and students
(Categorized under: Schools )
18 years ago - Wednesday, July 19, 2006 - North York at 1091 Finch Ave East east of Leslie Street
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: 0.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
July 18 images permanent link to this day
1935 Historic photo from Thursday, July 18, 1935 - Debris from under base of south flagpole Princes Gates, C.N.E. in CNEDebris from under base of south flagpole Princes Gates, C.N.E.
(Categorized under: Princes Gates )
89 years ago - Thursday, July 18, 1935 - CNE at 11 Princes Boulevard
Max temp: 31.7°C - Min temp: 17.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1941 Historic photo from Friday, July 18, 1941 - Trailer - rear 133 and 154 Dunn Avenue in ParkdaleTrailer - rear 133 and 154 Dunn Avenue
83 years ago - Friday, July 18, 1941 - Parkdale at 133 Dunn Ave
Max temp: 26.1°C - Min temp: 11.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
July 17 images permanent link to this day
1919 Historic photo from Thursday, July 17, 1919 - Front Street looking east over Bay Street in DowntownFront Street looking east over Bay Street
105 years ago - Thursday, July 17, 1919 - Downtown
Max temp: 31.1°C - Min temp: 12.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Thursday, July 17, 1919 - Front Street looking east over York Street - Union Station on the right in DowntownFront Street looking east over York Street - Union Station on the right
105 years ago - Thursday, July 17, 1919 - Downtown
Max temp: 31.1°C - Min temp: 12.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1919 Historic photo from Thursday, July 17, 1919 - Roncesvalles Avenue south at Grafton Avenue in High ParkRoncesvalles Avenue south at Grafton Avenue
105 years ago - Thursday, July 17, 1919 - High Park at 27 Roncesvalles Ave
Max temp: 31.1°C - Min temp: 12.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1931 Historic photo from Friday, July 17, 1931 - Open air pavilion and baseball diamond at Long Branch Park in Long BranchOpen air pavilion and baseball diamond at Long Branch Park
93 years ago - Friday, July 17, 1931 - Long Branch at 245 Lake Promenade
Max temp: 27.2°C - Min temp: 20.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1936 Historic photo from Friday, July 17, 1936 - Harbour Commission parking lot, looking south-east, from Bay St, subway, 4:00 p.m. in HarbourfrontHarbour Commission parking lot, looking south-east, from Bay St, subway, 4:00 p.m.
88 years ago - Friday, July 17, 1936 - Harbourfront at 60 Harbour Street n.w. corner at Bay Street
Max temp: 28.9°C - Min temp: 17.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1949 Historic photo from Sunday, July 17, 1949 - Fairbank Memorial Public School in FairbankFairbank Memorial Public School
(Categorized under: Schools )
75 years ago - Sunday, July 17, 1949 - Fairbank at 555 Harvie Ave
Max temp: 27.8°C - Min temp: 18.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1973 Historic photo from Tuesday, July 17, 1973 - View of CPR overpass on Yonge Street with Liquor Control Board sign in RosedaleView of CPR overpass on Yonge Street with Liquor Control Board sign
51 years ago - Tuesday, July 17, 1973 - Rosedale
Max temp: 25.6°C - Min temp: 17.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
July 16 images permanent link to this day
1911 Historic photo from Sunday, July 16, 1911 - Victoria Street south from Shuter Street in Garden DistrictVictoria Street south from Shuter Street
113 years ago - Sunday, July 16, 1911 - Garden District
Max temp: 24.4°C - Min temp: 16.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1973 Historic photo from Monday, July 16, 1973 - View of the 260 foot St. Michael's spire, looking north from Queen St East ??? in Garden DistrictView of the 260 foot St. Michael's spire, looking north from Queen St East ???
(Categorized under: St Michaels Cathedral )
51 years ago - Monday, July 16, 1973 - Garden District at 200 Church Street n.e. corner at Shuter Street
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1980 Historic photo from Wednesday, July 16, 1980 - The Bayview Ghost  - 1980 and 1981 photos from the Bayview Extension in Don Valley BrickworksThe Bayview Ghost - 1980 and 1981 photos from the Bayview Extension
44 years ago - Wednesday, July 16, 1980 - Don Valley Brickworks
Max temp: 28.2°C - Min temp: 21.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
July 15 images permanent link to this day
1936 Historic photo from Wednesday, July 15, 1936 - Rosehill reservoir level 12.3 ft. in RosehillRosehill reservoir level 12.3 ft.
88 years ago - Wednesday, July 15, 1936 - Rosehill at 75 Rosehill Ave between St. Clair and Mt. Pleasant
Max temp: 30.6°C - Min temp: 17.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)