Vintage Signage Toronto

A selection of vintage Toronto signs

A selection of vintage Toronto signs

Old photos of Toronto allow us to revisit the past of a city with very interesting history. While photos of every day life are often used for studying the past, one can also gain a glimpse of where we've come from with old, vintage signage

These signs show Toronto's history in storefronts, theatres, streets, and more. They reflect popular culture and trends, and offer an interesting take on the past. 

Here's a selection of vintage signs from Toronto's history. 

vintage toronto signs

In the Ward, 1909

vintage toronto signs

Sign on News Building, 1911

vintage toronto signs

Charter member of the Toronto Public Space Committee (1920)

vintage toronto signs

Grand Opera House, 1922

vintage toronto signs

Front and York streets, 1924

vintage toronto signs

Teck Theatre, 1932

vintage toronto signs

Avenue Theatre, 1932

vintage toronto signs

Buick dealership, 1950s

vintage toronto signs

Yonge south of Gould, 1950

vintage toronto signs

An old gun store (Yonge north of Gould, 1950)

vintage toronto signs

Orange Crush, 1950

vintage toronto signs

Olympia Bowling, 1950

vintage toronto signs

Girdles (with Lycra!), TTC 1950s

vintage toronto signs

An anti-smoking campaign on the TTC, 1950s

vintage toronto signs

Player's cigarette ad, TTC 1950s

vintage toronto signs

Stores on Bathurst St, 1951

vintage toronto signs

The Flame Restaurant, 1953

vintage toronto signs

Good Rice Restaurant, 1954

vintage toronto signs

Roach's drugstore, 1956

vintage toronto signs

Long Branch Tile, 1957

vintage toronto signs

Loblaws on Avenue Road, 1959

vintage toronto signs

Hogan Pontiac, 1950s

vintage toronto signs

Odeon Theatre (Yonge and Carlton), 1972

vintage toronto signs

TTC sign, 1965

vintage toronto signs

The Sword Restaurant, 1967

vintage toronto signs

$1 maximum at University and Adelaide, 1967

vintage toronto signs

Dominion Coal, 1970s

vintage toronto signs

Yonge and Temperance, 1970s

vintage toronto signs

The Uptown, 1970s

vintage toronto signs

Yonge north of Dundas, 1980s

vintage toronto signs

Holiday Tavern, 1980. Photo by Patrick Cummins

vintage toronto signs

Unity Grill, 1980 by Patrick Cummins

vintage toronto signs

The old Canary Restaurant in 1998 by Patrick Cummins


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