Toronto 1950s

Toronto of the 1950s

Toronto of the 1950s has never seemed to be a very exciting place to me. As much as I enjoyed putting together photo tours of the 60s, 70s and 80s, for some reason I just didn't feel so compelled to put together the 50s iteration of the series. This hestation now strikes me as rather silly. Although the decade does pre-date the rise of the Toronto's first modern skyscrapers (the TD Centre wasn't built until the late 1960s) and the building and population booms of the 1970s, the 50s will be forever remembered in Toronto as the decade when we finally got the subway.

As a result of this massive construction project, there's actually a wealth of photographs from the period available via the Toronto Archives. While many of these feature subway building as their main subject matter, there's plenty else going on in the photos. One thing of note, everything looks so clean!

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Toronto 1950s


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1950s skyline

Toronto 1950s


Toronto 1950s

Images from the Toronto Archives (where marked), Wikimedia Commons, Redpath Sugar (#16), and PJs Deceased (#s 1,13,14, 18) on Flickr.


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