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These beautiful, archival-quality prints are available in the following sizes:

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You can also order a reproduction of any other image you find in the Archives. See our guide on Using the database to find and request archival records of our photographs, or contact us. For a complete list of images by series, see our list of digitized photos.  If you can't find what you are looking for on our website, come and pay us a visit.

ExpandBloor Street Viaduct Under Construction, 1917

Men working on a large bridge under construction.

Bloor Street Viaduct, looking east
July 18, 1917
City of Toronto Archives
Series 372, Sub-series 10, Item 841

This photograph of the Bloor Street Viaduct under construction was taken by city photographer Arthur Goss. It was used as the cover image for the City of Toronto Archives' book Toronto's Visual Legacy, celebrating the city's 175th anniversary. The viaduct gained fame internationally through Michael Ondaatje's novel In the Skin of a Lion.

ExpandOld Union Station, 1907

Outdoor train station platform with two locomotives.

Old Union Station
City of Toronto Archives
1907
Fonds 1244, Item 99

This image of a previous Union Station was captured by freelance photographer William James. It shows the old Union Station in the heyday of steam locomotion. The station was located west of the present station and was demolished in 1927.

ExpandDiving Horse, 1908

White horse diving from platform into lake.
 

Diving horse
1908
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1244, Item 192

Another William James image catches Toronto's famous diving horse plunging into Lake Ontario. J.W. Gorman's horse show was a popular attraction at Hanlan's Point on Toronto Island.

Expand21 Rear, Elizabeth Street, 1913

Girl standing in front of small house in bad condition. Toronto's old City Hall is in the background.
21 rear, Elizabeth Street
May 15, 1913
City of Toronto Archives
Series 372, Sub-series 32, Item 187

Commissioned by the Toronto Health Department, this Arthur Goss photograph was included in a report about the poor state of Toronto's housing. The property was located in "The Ward," a notorious slum in the heart of the city. It stood where the Nathan Philips Square ice rink is today. You can see Old City Hall in the background.

ExpandGroup on Car on Bay Street, 1945

Cheering people sit in and on a car, waving flags.
Group on car on Bay Street 
May 7, 1945
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1266, Item 96241

This shot was captured by John Boyd, a photographer for the Globe and Mail. It was taken on Bay Street on the day Germany unconditionally surrendered to the allies at the end of World War II. The Archives has over 140,000 photographs in the Globe and Mail collection, taken from 1922 to 1953.

ExpandThree Firemen, 1910

Three firemen in uniform walking on a sidewalk surrounded by mud.
Three Firemen
1910
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1244, Item 15

Three members of the Toronto Fire Brigade are shown in this William James image. They are walking down Lansdowne Avenue, north of Davenport Road. Apparently the firemen had to walk half a mile, leaving their fire wagons behind because the wheels could not make it through the mud!

ExpandHunters and Dogs, 1907

Riders on horseback and dogs go along a muddy road.

Hunters and dogs
ca.1907
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1244, Item 159

This William James photograph shows fox hunters and their hounds cantering over the ravine bridge on Bathurst Street, just north of St. Clair Avenue.

ExpandFishermen in Grenadier Pond, 1939

A man and two boys fishing from the bank of a pond, surrounded by trees and rushes.
Fishermen in Grenadier pond
July 1939
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1231, Item 629

This rustic scene was taken on the banks of Grenadier Pond in High Park. The pond has been used by anglers since the early nineteenth century. You can still fish in the pond today, as long as you have a licence.

ExpandDrinking Fountain at College Street and Spadina Avenue, 1899

Boy filling a cup from a large cast iron drinking fountain with three basins.

Drinking fountain at College Street and Spadina Avenue
April 26, 1899
City of Toronto Archives
Series 376, File 2, Item 49

Taken by F.W. Micklethwaite, this photograph shows a drinking fountain just south of Spadina Crescent. These drinking fountains were common in Toronto in the late nineteenth century, with a trough for horses, a common cup for people and even a basin for dogs! The Health Department later deemed them a public health hazard and replaced them. One remains on King Street East near St. James Cathedral.

ExpandKing Street East, South Side Looking West, 1856

Three-storey brick stores with signs advertising what they sell.
King Street East, south side looking west
1856
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1498, Item 1

One of the earliest photographs taken of Toronto, this 150-year-old image shows Toronto's main commercial thoroughfare at that time, King Street East. In the foreground is The Golden Lion, a dry goods store and one of the city's most famous retailers. Constructed in 1847, this building was substantially altered and expanded in 1866.

ExpandYonge Street Slip Looking North, 1926

Boats beside piers on the waterfront, looking towards high downtown buildings.
Yonge Street Slip, looking north
December 30, 1926
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1231, Item 927

William James' photograph reminds us of how industrial Toronto's lakeshore used to be in the early 20th century.

ExpandGreengrocer's on Danforth Avenue, 1930

Woman and man standing in front of a large outdoor display of fruits and vegetables.
Greengrocer's on Danforth Avenue
ca. 19306
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1244, Item 339

This greengrocer's store would make the Danforth proud today, especially with apples at 15 cents a basket!

ExpandBathers and Cars in Humber River, 1922

Cars and people in shallow river.
Bathers and cars in Humber River
1922
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1244, Item 1237

This photograph was taken in those halcyon days when you could not only swim in the Humber River, but also wash your car there too!

ExpandTrinity College Gates on Queen Street West, 1916

Stone and case iron gates and fence in the snow.
Trinity College gates, Queen Street West
1916
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1244, Item 1516

These gates of Trinity College are at the entrance to Trinity Bellwoods Park. The college building itself was demolished. The gates are the only survivors of what was one of the finest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in Canada.

ExpandYonge Street, North York Looking South from the Jolly Miller Hotel, 1936

Two-lane road with railway tracks beside it, and a few white buildings among trees to the left.
Yonge Street, North York - looking south from Jolly Miller Hotel
ca. 1936
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1568, Item 137

Here, Yonge Street in North York appears to be a mere country lane rather than the main arterial route north out of the city. The railway track parallel to the road is a streetcar line that took weekending Torontonians all the way to Lake Simcoe.

ExpandOffice Building in the Distillery District, 1918

Exterior of brick building with arched doorway and outdoor pipes crossing overhead.
Office building in the Distillery District
November 18, 1918
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1583, Item 143

The Gooderham and Worts Distillery was operated by the largest producers of whisky in the British Empire. The Distillery District now houses shops, cafes and restaurants. It is the largest collection of Victorian industrial buildings in North America, with over 40 heritage buildings. It is a National Historic Site.

ExpandLooking East From Kew Beach Fire Station, 1906



Small houses and an imposing three-storey school with a central tower at the front.
Looking east from Kew Beach Fire Station
1906
City of Toronto Archives
Series 376, File 5, Item33

The Beach area of Toronto was once "cottage country" for wealthier Torontonians. The structure in the right of the image is the old Kew Beach Public School.