Toronto 1910s

Toronto of the 1910s

Toronto of the 1910s is remarkably well documented in photographs. In fact, so much so that what I thought might be a less interesting entry in this series of historical decade posts is anything but. Whether it be the soldiers heading off to war at old Union Station, the style of the signs and advertisements on downtown streets, or just how undeveloped the city was north of St. Clair, the photos below offer a portrait of Toronto that's fascinatingly removed from what the city is like today. And yet, images of the construction of the Bloor Viaduct, current Union Station, and places like the North Toronto CPR Station (now the Scrivner Square LCBO) can't but remind one that for all the demolition that took place in the 60s and 70s, numerous structures from the early portion of the century remain crucial to the city to this day.

So what was Toronto like in the 1910s? Well, the Maple Leafs were yet to exist, the tallest skyscrapers were the Canadian Pacific Building (at 15 floors) and the Royal Bank Building (at 21 floors), the Ford Model T was a regular feature on city streets, and public transportation was handled by the Toronto Railway Company (TRC) and the Toronto Civic Railways (TCR). Like the 1940s, it was also a decade defined by the war in Europe and a subsequent population boom. In 1901 Toronto consisted of 208,000 people, but by 1921, that number had exploded to 522,000.

Here's a glimpse at what it all looked like (captions above each image).

1910

Arrival of immigrants at (old) Union Station

Toronto 1910s


Old Union Station exterior

Toronto 1910s


Toronto Street

Toronto 1910s


Auditorium Theatre

Toronto 1910s


King looking west from Yonge Street

Toronto 1910s


South Parkdale Station

Toronto 1910s


Church and Wellington streets

Toronto 1910s


1911

St. Charles Hotel bartenders

Toronto 1910s


Meyer's Hotel

Toronto 1910s


Queen and Terauley streets

Toronto 1910s


Queen Street Viaduct under construction

Toronto 1910s


1912

Looking south from Richmond and Bay streets

Toronto 1910s


Northeast corner of Yonge and Shuter streets

Toronto 1910s


Pro hockey at Christie Pits

Toronto 1910s


Public Library at Broadview and Gerrard streets

Toronto 1910s


Withrow Park from Logan Avenue

Toronto 1910s


Yonge and Eglinton

Toronto 1910s


1913

Bank of Montreal Building at Yonge and Queen streets

Toronto 1910s


Toronto Armouries

Toronto 1910s


Danforth looking east from Pape

Toronto 1910s


Eaton's Delivery Wagons

Toronto 1910s


1914

Carlton street looking east from Yonge Street

Toronto 1910s


Soldiers leaving from Union Station

Toronto 1910s


Men at the recruiting tents

Toronto 1910s


Timothy Eaton Memorial Church on St. Clair Avenue West

Toroto 1910s


Toronto Waterfront at York Street

Toronto 1910s


1915

Bloor Viaduct Construction

Toronto 1910s


Construction begins on New Union Station

Toronto 1910s


The Queen's Hotel

Toronto 1910s


1916

Victory Loan Parade

Toronto 1910s


Bloor Street Viaduct construction

Toronto 1910s


Bathurst Street Bridge

Toronto 1910s


Mount Pleast Street near Merton Street

Toronto 1910s


North Toronto CPR Station

Toronto 1910s


1917

Queen Street looking West from River Street

Toronto 1910s


Streetcar track work at Queen and Bond streets

Toronto 1910s


Union Station construction

Toronto 1910s


Gooderham Worts Distillery

Toronto 1910s


1918

Car accident on Bloor Street near Walmer Road

Toronto 1910s


Bloor Viaduct complete

Toronto 1910s


Tobogganing in High Park

Toronto 1910s


Flooded Don River

Toronto 1910s


Merton Street

Toronto 1910s


1919

299 Queen Street West

Toronto 1910s


Allen's Theatre on the Danforth

Toronto 1910s


Union Station Interior

Toronto 1910s


Old City Hall

Toronto 1910s


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All photos sourced from the Wikimedia Commons.


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