This 1856 photo may be the oldest of Toronto

This 1856 photo may be the oldest of Toronto (and might have cost us the capital)

The first photo taken of Toronto is likely this panorama taken from York and King Streets, shot in

Built: 1929  Demolished: 1972  What exists there now: First Canadian Place  Why it's missed: Designed by Chapman and Oxley, it was one of Toronto's finest examples of Art Deco architecture.

Art Deco buildings - here's the original Toronto Daily Star offices on King St, built in 1929 and demolished in 1972 for First Canadian Place. It was the inspiration for the Daily Planet in the Superman comics

A map of the province of Upper Canada describing all the settlements and townships &c. with the countries adjacent from Quebec to Lake Huron, 1818

A map of the province of Upper Canada describing all the settlements and townships &c. with the countries adjacent from Quebec to Lake Huron

The Lakeshore has always been chock-a-block with traffic, as you can clearly see in this early traffic-cam shot from 1891. The building is Charles Nurse's hotel, loacated on the south side of Lakeshore Blvd. West where it meets the west bank of the Humber River.

The Lakeshore has always been chock-a-block with traffic, as you can clearly see in this early traffic-cam shot from The building is Charles Nurse's hotel, located on the south side of Lakeshore Blvd. West where it meets the west bank of the Humber River.

Toronto Skyline, 1929. Photo by Brigdens Ltd., digitally enhanced by Jeremy Hopkin. - Courtesy of the Toronto Public Library.

Toronto Skyline, 1929. Photo by Brigdens Ltd., digitally enhanced by Jeremy Hopkin. - Courtesy of the Toronto Public Library.

Bryce's new index map of Toronto, 1888

Bryce's new index map of Toronto, 1888

Biggs & Roberts map of West Toronto Junction and vicinity compiled from registered plans & recent surveys, 1890

Biggs & Roberts map of West Toronto Junction and vicinity compiled from registered plans & recent surveys, 1890

1925: Toronto's skyline seen from the foot of York street, the Toronto Harbour Commission building on the left. Photo by John Boyd, digitally enhanced by Jeremy Hopkin. - Courtesy of the Toronto Public Library & Toronto Star Archives.

1925: Toronto's skyline seen from the foot of York street, the Toronto Harbour Commission building on the left. Photo by John Boyd, digitally enhanced by Jeremy Hopkin. - Courtesy of the Toronto Public Library & Toronto Star Archives.

This group photo of the Street Railway Department was taken outside Yorkville Town Hall on the west side of Yonge at Collier Ave.  In the background you can see a horse-drawn streetcar (with roof advertising) and a gas streetlamp. There are five barefoot boys, a farrier and at least one Asian man in the photo from 1870s Toronto.

Library also has a plate glass copy negative & copy photograph (E from it of this view.

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