Toronto 1970s

Toronto postcards from the 1970s

If there was a heyday for Toronto postcards, it was surely the 1970s when the grittiness of the city was perfectly matched to the sepia-tones of the cheaply printed souvenirs.

There's a curious tension in these images between recognizable landmarks and the general lack of density. We see the outline of contemporary Toronto before everything was filled in. 

Behold, what Toronto postcards looked like in the 1970s.

Toronto 1970s

Freighter in a much more industrial harbour in 1970.

Toronto 1970s

No condos in sight along the skyline in 1973.

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The Yonge Street strip at the height of its pomp and seediness.

Toronto 1970s

The foot of Roncesvalles in the early 1970s. The Gray Coach station is now a McDonalds.

Toronto 1970s

St. James Park with the CN Tower under construction in the background.

Toronto 1970s

Sparse, yellow-toned skyline in late 1970s.

Toronto 1970s

A Yonge St. trifecta. 

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Looking down from the CN Tower at the new Harbourcastle hotel.

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The Yorkville patio scene.

Toronto 1970s

Eglinton and DVP cloverleaf.

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A still-new looking City Hall.

Toronto 1970s

Glory days at the CNE.

Toronto 1970s

Yonge Street record store scene north of Gould St.

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Looking across the Gardiner to the burgeoning skyline.

Toronto 1970s

Ontario Place in all its glory.

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Yorkdale was already a powerhouse mall a few years after opening.


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