Vintage Toronto

Fantastic alternative digi-press BlogTO recently featured archival treasures of our city’s establishments.

Much more can be found at the City of Toronto’s Flickr website.

Here are a few of my favourite shots:

Special thanks to Eric for the story tip.


  1. analoguejimi November 23, 2011

    Nice collection. 24 oranges for 25 cent! 😉

  2. Eric November 23, 2011

    You can learn so much history from this city if you know where to look.

    In high school, I was a history buff (until I got super lazy) and I always enjoyed looking at photos of Toronto’s past and see how the world is now compared 50-100 years ago.

    Bet you back in the day Loblaws was still expensive by comparison. Like rather than sea herring at 4 for 10 cents, it would be like 3 for 10. Man, how inflation boned us all.

    P.S. Honest Eds is still the best place to get lots of house hold stuff.

  3. Jordana November 23, 2011

    I just love vintage photos like these Johanne. I love to see how cities evolve and to see what has remained the same. I never really realized that Loblaws has been around for so long…it was so little and cute and now each store is just massive!
    p.s. I love the 24 oranges for 25 cents sign too.

  4. marinachetner November 23, 2011

    Thank you for sharing these photos. I lived in Toronto for a year and remember opening my bank account in Loblaws! Wow – how times have changed since the mom-and-pop type store back then. Honest Ed’s hasn’t changed a bit, has it? Why is there such a line outside? I love the cars in the parking lot – that really shows the sign of the times. Thanks for bringing a smile to my face with these!

    • Eric November 25, 2011

      I think that was the original building before they moved into that massive warehouse now. I’m an unreliable source and just needs to double check the facts (wikipedia doesn’t help since it’s local history.)


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