Nostalgia Tripping Through the Toronto of the 1970s and 80s
As I've mentioned before, I'm often struck by profound nostalgia for the Toronto of the 1970s and 80s. Without getting overly self-analytical, this is no doubt a manifestation of my (false) belief that things must have been easier or better when I was a youngster. Despite my efforts to remain critically vigilant against the seduction of nostalgia, I often cave in and indulge the desire to go "home" again.
For the past little bit, I've been cruising the threads at Urban Toronto to get my fill of archival photographs. But, having exhausted this source, I decided that a bit more searching was in order.
Enter the Wikimedia Commons. Once one starts blogging, a certain vanity compels him to share much of his interests and pursuits with others who he presumes are interested. So instead of just perusing the Commons for my own viewing pleasure, I decided that I would post my findings.
So, allow me to present a few of the images that I liked. The pool of 70s and 80s stuff is actually pretty small at the Commons, so I'll be looking to find more of this content in the near future.
Before the dawn of street meat (?), 1984:
City Hall and Toronto (not that different), 1975:
CN Tower footings, 1973:
CN Tower construction, 1975:
Trains and (sparse) skyline, 1970:
Toronto skyline at night, 1975:
The (real) red rocket, 1971:
The Toronto Star building is a far more prominent feature on Toronto's skyline in 1976: