Tag Archives: TPL

before the old city hall …

Toronto. George Dunbar sends this remarkable photograph from the archives of the Toronto Public Library. The photo shows the old Globe Foundry on Queen Street West at about the address of the old Toronto City Hall (the only City Hall … Continue reading

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papering things over

Toronto. The Toronto Public Library Archive is another source we have for photographic history. Eastman Kodak Solio paper was a Printing Out Paper or P.O.P.  This paper was primarily used to proof studio shots. When my eldest was born, a … Continue reading

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photography & immigration

Toronto. Vincenzo Petropaolo, author, photographer, PHSC member and PHSC speaker has been invited by the North Toronto Historical Society and the Northern District Library to give the above presentation beginning at 7:30 pm this coming April 24th, at the TPL … Continue reading

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we are old

Toronto In 1925, when this photograph was taken, photography was less than a century  old. Fredrick Brigden and his wife had emigrated here in the 1870s from England. He was an engraver by trade and established a small engraving firm here … Continue reading

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a Royal visit in 1939

Toronto. You likely don’t remember the time when the 1939 Royal visit took place. My step-mother vividly remembered going to North Bay with her parents to see the Royal couple as they headed west. Her mother was born in Surrey, … Continue reading

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Toronto Skyline in 1908

Toronto. The artist Owen Staples (1866 – 1949) was born in England and emigrated to Canada (Hamilton) with his family in 1872. He moved to the States where he began his arts studies. He moved again, this time to Toronto … Continue reading

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and where did you buy photo supplies in 1909?

Toronto. Well, if you were here, you might have gone to J O Ramsey & Co Photo Supplies. This photo was taken in 1909 by Owen Staples (1866-1949) at the NE corner of Bay and Melinda. It was used by … Continue reading

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The Virtual Reference Library

Toronto. I heard on the television news last night that one victim of the Wynne government’s success in “balancing the budget” was the Toronto Public Library (TPL). Funding was arbitrarily cut and the TPL seems unable to accommodate such a … Continue reading

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