What Yonge Street looked like in the 1970s
Over the last year or so, I've posted quite a few collections of historical photos of Toronto — which is why it's so exciting to stumble upon images that I've yet to encounter in my various searches through the City's Archives. Such was the case earlier today when I was directed to the Toronto History Flickr page via a tweet from Matt Elliott. I had actually been on the the very same page the night before working on something else, but the subject of that post immediately seemed less enticing after being treated to a "fresh" batch of photos depicting old Yonge Street.
Originally used by the City of Toronto Planning and Development Department, the Flickr set spans a period between the early 1970s and 1990s, but I've highlighted only those that I've yet to post in the past. They depict a Yonge Street that's less corporate, a little seedier, and presumably more exciting than the strip that we know today.
Sam the Record Man, the former Empress Hotel, and old Dundas Square all make appearances — as do the Eaton's at College Park, the Hard Rock Cafe and some pretty slick looking automobiles. In short, this little collection represents everything I love about digging through archival photos.
ADDITIONAL PHOTOS / SLIDESHOW
- The story of Yonge Street's first pedestrian mall
- Ellis Wiley's Toronto Photographs
- Toronto of the 1970s
- 100 Years of Yonge Street
All photos from the City of Toronto Archives