Historic Toronto Street Portraits

Not classic studio portraits, but photos that captured people on the street. In the earlier years a camera was a novelty, so people would often gather around just to be in the photo. Unintentional at the time, these days it is called Black and white street photography. 
 

List of all subjects. You can also see all the historic photos for a given neighbourhood. We also have a list of all the photos arranged by date.

1899 Historic photo from Sunday, October 15, 1899 - Tunnel opposite 29, 31, 33 Gladstone Avenue in Beaconsfield VillageTunnel opposite 29, 31, 33 Gladstone Avenue
125 years ago - Beaconsfield Village - Sunday, October 15, 1899
Max temp: 15.6°C - Min temp: 11.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1902 Historic photo from Tuesday, October 7, 1902 - Woman sitting outside College Street Baptist Church (506 College Street) in Little Italy (College St)Woman sitting outside College Street Baptist Church (506 College Street)
122 years ago - Little Italy (College St) - Tuesday, October 7, 1902
Max temp: 15.6°C - Min temp: 8.3°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1904 Historic photo from Thursday, October 6, 1904 - Man in hat at the Grand Trunk Railway crossing Dunn Avenue in ParkdaleMan in hat at the Grand Trunk Railway crossing Dunn Avenue
120 years ago - Parkdale - Thursday, October 6, 1904
Max temp: 9.4°C - Min temp: 0.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1916 Historic photo from Friday, March 10, 1916 - Slum interior (kitchen), 131 Nairn Avenue in Little Italy (St. Clair)Slum interior (kitchen), 131 Nairn Avenue
108 years ago - Little Italy (St. Clair) - Friday, March 10, 1916
Max temp: 1.7°C - Min temp: -8.9°C - 1.8cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1923 Historic photo from Wednesday, June 13, 1923 - Looking west on Dundas, from Bellwoods with boy in Trinity BellwoodsLooking west on Dundas, from Bellwoods with boy
101 years ago - Trinity Bellwoods - Wednesday, June 13, 1923
Max temp: 23.3°C - Min temp: 6.7°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1931 Historic photo from Saturday, March 28, 1931 - Irwin party, R.Y., John H. Boyd and Marjorie Laing, camera in Irwin party, R.Y., John H. Boyd and Marjorie Laing, camera
93 years ago - - Saturday, March 28, 1931
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1936 Historic photo from Thursday, April 9, 1936 - 717 Ossington Avenue - boy with attitude in Bickford Park717 Ossington Avenue - boy with attitude
88 years ago - Bickford Park - Thursday, April 9, 1936
Max temp: 7.8°C - Min temp: 0.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1937 Historic photo from Tuesday, September 7, 1937 - Re-built - rear 16-18 Power Street in CorktownRe-built - rear 16-18 Power Street
87 years ago - Corktown - Tuesday, September 7, 1937
Max temp: 22.2°C - Min temp: 9.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1953 Historic photo from 1953 - Beth Lida Synagogue - for Sale - Cong. Shearith Israel Anshei Lida in Hebrew above the door - 239 Augusta Avenue in Kensington MarketBeth Lida Synagogue - for Sale - Cong. Shearith Israel Anshei Lida in Hebrew above the door - 239 Augusta Avenue
71 years ago - Kensington Market - 1953
Link to archive record - Map location
1965 Historic photo from Sunday, October 10, 1965 - Kensington fruit market - hanging bananas - looking east to Spadina along St. Andrews from Kensington Ave - house is now missing top dormers in Kensington MarketKensington fruit market - hanging bananas - looking east to Spadina along St. Andrews from Kensington Ave - house is now missing top dormers
59 years ago - Kensington Market - Sunday, October 10, 1965
Link to archive record - Map location (From York University Archives)
1969 Historic photo from 1969 - Crowds in front of Peoples Credit Jewellers, Yonge Street just north of Queen in DowntownCrowds in front of Peoples Credit Jewellers, Yonge Street just north of Queen
55 years ago - Downtown - 1969
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)