Toronto, we hardly knew ye: Aerial pictures of the city from a long, long time ago

 Looking back the day of Toronto since 1900, Our city has definitely changed a lot. Take a look at the article from BuzzBuzz Home 

Toronto, we hardly knew ye: Aerial pictures of the city from a long, long time ago

By: Monika Warzecha

Toronto’s recent growth spurt has transformed neighbourhoods seemingly overnight. And what better way to see just how much the city’s changed than through the aerial photo, easily one of our favourite ways of seeing the city. But before the era of a camera on every gadget, photographers were taking urban picture-taking to inspiring new heights.

Check out some of our favourite aerial photos gleaned from the City of Toronto Archives:


The Dufferin Grove area was once home to a racetrack (seen here in a photo from the 1930s). Now instead of betting on ponies at the site, you can shop at Dufferin Mall. Ain’t history great?

 


Back in the day, the Forest Hill neighbourhood looked considerably more suburban than it does today.

 


Workers dig up Yonge Street to build the city’s first subway line in 1951. Remember when the city would work out a transit plan, then follow through and actually build it? Yeah, neither can we.

 


It’s easy to forget that for the greater part of the 20th century, Toronto was a manufacturing hub with factories in what we now consider the core. This picture, taken sometime between 1912 and 1920 and looking southeast from Bay and Richmond, shows the Christie Factory on King Street East (now George Brown College).

 


A look at Yonge Street looking north from Front Street, most likely taken around 1916. That’s old City Hall to the north.

 


University Avenue in 1929, looking north from the roof of Canada Life Building, well before the street was taken over by tall hospital buildings and office towers.

 


A photo snapped from the roof of the T. Eaton Factory in 1910, looking north. The factory was located at Queen and Yonge and by 1920, the department store had nineteen acres of factories housing 6,411 employees.

 


Davisville’s mix of low-rise houses and apartment buildings was apparent from the sky, even in the 1968.

 

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