People are loving this time-travel shot of a Toronto intersection
A photo merging a busy King Street from 1912 and one with the towering buildings of today caught the attention of history buffs recently.
"So cool. Wish we brought back the clothes and the walking, but kept the rest modern," one person wrote.
The photo is part of a collection from On This Spot compiled for a free Toronto walking tour, On This Spot founder and CEO, Andrew Farris, tells blogTO.
Farris, who is based in Vancouver, visited Toronto in 2018 to photograph the spots to merge with historic photos he found through the Toronto Public Library.
The Toronto tour tells the city's history from the 1800s to the early 1900s.
"It is a really fun and fascinating history," Farris says.
The company has tours in about 70 cities across Canada. Usually, they look for a collection of historic photos and reshoot them in the same location.
"So you are standing in the footprints of that historic photographer," Farris says.
Then they map out the locations of the best photos, write a few paragraphs of detailed historical information and people can follow along on the app as they walk.
"We are a history company that does technology."
Farris says he started the project in 2016 with his friend Chris Reid, co-founder and chief technology officer, after taking a backpacking trip through Europe and doing then and now photography at historic battlefield sites.
Coming soon is a Chinatown tour in partnership with the Chinatown BIA to mark Asian Heritage Month in May.
The tours and content is free to look at and Farris says they partner with tourism agencies, BIAs and local governments to fund the projects but really it is a labour of love.
"It is a passion project."
A previous version of this post had the incorrect information for the King Street photo with the Toronto Exposition banner.
via On This Spot, King Street and Yonge Street in 1912 superimposed with today
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