Aerial photographs in the Archives' collection (Series 12) document the City of Toronto for most years from 1947 to 1992.
These photographs, taken from planes, are close enough to the ground that you can see buildings appearing, changing, and disappearing over the years. You can also distinguish geographic forms, such as rivers that seem to vanish, indicating that they have been channelled into sewers, and neighbourhood features such as parks, schools and community centres.
This aerial photograph shows apartment buildings and single-family houses beside a cloverleaf highway interchange. You can use a standard map to identify major roads and landmarks in order to find your property.
Each aerial shows a part of the city, not the entire city
An additional small group of aerial photographs shows areas outside the city core from 1937 to 1942. This group is known as Series 97, Aerial Photographs of Valley Lands. These aerial photographs are also available online.