Yonge Street may be famous for its hustle and bustle, traveling through the built-up core of Toronto and past the high-rises of St. Clair and Eglinton Avenue.
But there was a time when Midtown Toronto was much more staid and suburban. We’ve collected pictures of this rapidly changing part of the city as part of our ongoing series comparing Toronto scenes from the past with their present. All modern day photos are by James Bombales. All historic pictures are from the Toronto’s Public Library’s Digital Archive unless otherwise specified.
Yonge Street and Bedford Park Avenue, southwest Corner (John Atkinson’s shop), 1920
Yonge and Davisville, looking south from north of Merton Street, 1953
Hodgson Public School on Davisville Avenue, 1929
Yonge Street, looking north from Broadway Avenue, 1954
Yonge Street, looking south from Sherwood Avenue, 1912
Yonge Street, looking south from north of Lawrence Avenue, 1955
Eglinton Avenue East, between Mount Pleasant and Bayview, 1931
Photo: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 3, Item 1189