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Canada's largest city and the capital of its most populous province. Toronto has gone through many phases in its modern history, from Muddy York, to Victorian era Toronto the Good, and finally world-class multicultural metropolis.

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Adelaide Street


Adelaide Street Adelaide Street
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Toronto Public Library E 9-207 Small On This Spot Enterprises

1874

Horse-drawn carts and piles of rubble line the sides of Adelaide Street. The photo was taken looking east from Victoria Street.

The Old Post Office


The Old Post Office The Old Post Office
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Toronto Public Library Z 3-1 On This Spot Enterprises

1867

Toronto's Old Post Office was built in the Greek Revival Style in 1852. It was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1958.

Homes on Spadina


Homes on Spadina Homes on Spadina
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Toronto Public Library E 4-86c On This Spot Enterprises

1870

Several simple houses line Spadina Ave, just by College.

The New Post Office


The New Post Office The New Post Office
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Toronto Public Library E 2-25b On This Spot Enterprises

1873

This view is looking up Toronto Street towards the new post office, which is under construction. You can see the front facade of the old post office at the far left.

News Stand


News Stand News Stand
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Toronto Public Library B 12-23d On This Spot Enterprises

1875

Several men stand in front of a large news kiosk set up on the sidewalk of Front Street.

Terry's Express


Terry's Express Terry's Express
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Toronto Public Library B 11-27b On This Spot Enterprises

1885

Carts of Terry's Express service with horses harnessed have been placed in front of the company offices for a portrait. The business seemed to specialize in delivering coal and wood that was used for cooking and heating.

Monro's


Monro's Monro's
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Toronto Public Library B 11-21a On This Spot Enterprises

1887

The building at right was the warehouse of George Monro.

Atlantic Tea House


Atlantic Tea House Atlantic Tea House
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Toronto Public Library B 11-8b On This Spot Enterprises

1885

Several people pose for a photo outside the Atlantic Tea House. Some of the children at the right are having a hard time sitting still for the camera. Brooms and other goods hang on the walls for sale.

A Horsebus


A Horsebus A Horsebus
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Toronto Public Library E 9-48 Small On This Spot Enterprises

1889

The photographer was standing right in front of a horsebus when he took this photo on King Street. The sidewalks are packed full of people.

Old Customs House


Old Customs House Old Customs House
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Toronto Public Library B 11-47a On This Spot Enterprises

1890

The elegant Italian Renaissance style customs house, located at the corner of Front and Yonge Street.

St. Lawrence Market


St. Lawrence Market St. Lawrence Market
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Toronto Public Library B 4-9a On This Spot Enterprises

1898

Up the street alongside the St. Lawrence Market.

Cows at Market


Cows at Market Cows at Market
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Toronto Public Library B 4-9b On This Spot Enterprises

1898

A herd of cows being shepherded into the St. Lawrence Market.

Boer War Decorations


Boer War Decorations Boer War Decorations
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Toronto Public Library -339673 On This Spot Enterprises

1900

Buildings on Temperance Street have been decorated with bunting to celebrate the return of Canadian troops from the Boer War.

King and Jarvis


King and Jarvis King and Jarvis
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Toronto Public Library E 9-229 Small On This Spot Enterprises

1909

Some rather simple buildings on the intersection of King and Jarvis.

Dentist Office


Dentist Office Dentist Office
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Toronto Public Library S 35-16 On This Spot Enterprises

1910

Showing a business block on Queen Street that survives to this day. The business on the corner houses a drug store and the dentist offices of one Dr. E.F. Willard.

Auctioning Buildings


Auctioning Buildings Auctioning Buildings
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Toronto Public Library B 13-31a On This Spot Enterprises

1910

A cart crosses the street in front of several buildings that have signs proclaiming they are being publicly auctioned.

Blowing Snow


Blowing Snow Blowing Snow
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Toronto Public Library X 64-108 On This Spot Enterprises

1900s

A man steadies his horse as a streetcar threatens to engulf them with a mountain of snow.

Doel House


Doel House Doel House
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Toronto Public Library X 64-24 On This Spot Enterprises

1905

The home of John Doel, photographed some decades after his death in 1871. He was an important reformer politician in early Ontario history, and was a prominent supporter of William Lyon Mackenzie during the Rebellion of 1837.

Doel House (2)


Doel House (2) Doel House (2)
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Toronto Public Library E 8-220 On This Spot Enterprises

1913

The home of John Doel, photographed some decades after his death in 1871. He was an important reformer politician in early Ontario history, and was a prominent supporter of William Lyon Mackenzie during the Rebellion of 1837.

A Traffic Cop on Bay St.


A Traffic Cop on Bay St. A Traffic Cop on Bay St.
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Toronto Public Library B 13-73 On This Spot Enterprises

1912

A policeman stands in the centre of the intersection of Bay and Adelaide as a cart rolls by.

Busy Bay Street


Busy Bay Street Busy Bay Street
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Toronto Public Library E 2-51a On This Spot Enterprises

1930

Cars, streetcars, and pedestrians on Bay Street at the outset of the Great Depression.


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