Bundesarchive Photos 1933 - all fields of WWII - Page 669
Our Dufferin/St. Clair branch, shortly after it opened its doors in 1921. The original Earlscourt branch opened in 1913, moving to this new location 97 years ago this Saturday. The interior murals were painted by George A. Reid, principal of the Ontario College of Art, and by two of his former students, Lorna Claire and Doris McCarthy. The branch was renovated in 2008, winning the Ontario Library Assoc. building award. Happy birthday to a well-loved library!
Yonge subways's final leg: Track workers adjust rail in Sheppard station on the final leg of the Yonge St. The Toronto Transit Commission hopes to open section between York Mills and Finch Ave.
In the 1950s, this bookmobile helped hundreds of Scarborough families "Grow a Reader" by bringing books directly to the kids and adults who could not easily reach a library branch. Evolving from horse-drawn carts in the 19th Century, they are still very much an active part of many library systems, today. Bookmobiles help Toronto Public Library and many other libraries worldwide reach more readers. #LibraryMoments
In 1893, Canadian Marshall Saunders wrote Beautiful Joe's "autobiography" based on the real life story of an abused dog. It's a key novel in the history of the animal rights movement, and it was the first Canadian book to sell over a million copies.
Canada has been a force to reckon with in curling from way back! Here is the Red Jacket Rink of the Toronto Curling Club curling on Toronto Bay in 1872. The sport emigrated to Canada with Scottish settlers, and became an Olympic sport in 1998. This year, Canada dominated the first-ever Mixed Doubles curling event in the Olympics, winning gold earlier this week.
On November 2, 1977, the Metropolitan Reference Library first opened to the public. Today, the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St.) welcomes thousands of people every year and boasts a collection of over 1.6 million items. On November 22 (7-8pm), architectural historian Marta O'Brien will talk about this building and its predecessors. http://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/detail.jsp?Entt=RDMEVT315393&R=EVT315393 Happy birthday, TRL!
Vintage Toronto Public Library card from 1889, digizited from the Baldwin Collection of Canadiana.
Broadside from 1913 explaining women's suffrage, the right to vote in political elections. Just a century ago, December, 1917, women were granted the vote Ontario. In Quebec, they had to wait until 1940. Asians were not permitted to vote until 1948, Inuit until 1951. First Nations voting was prohibited until 1960, and women are still not afforded the same rights as men due to the Indian Act. #CanadaHistoryWeek #humanrights
Karen Kain and Frank Augustyn were star personalities in Canadian ballet. Pictured is a performance of Sleeping Beauty in the O'Keefe Centre by the National Ballet. 1979.
Toronto's statue of "the People's Poet" himself, Robbie Burns (1759-1796), as it stood in 1972. The David Walter Stevenson sculpture was erected in Allan Gardens in 1902, but 70 years later it had begun to lose its war with the local shrubbery. Since rescued from his distress, he can still be seen in the park, where the local St. Andrew's Society holds their annual memorial next Thursday (11:30 am). So, if you can't make it, maybe "raise a cup o'kindness" for "auld lang syne", my dears.
TPL has vast collections of vintage postcards located in both the Arts Department and Special Collections at the Toronto Reference Library. If you are interested in starting your own vintage postcard collection or are already an avid collector, don't miss the 37th Annual Toronto Postcard Club Show this Sunday, February 25th, at the the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre from 10AM to 5PM. More information about this event can be found here…
Our on-again off-again winter is keeping us on our toes, the weather changing from spring-like warmth back to the deep freeze, in an afternoon! This mother and child are tackling similar conditions on Balmy Beach in the winter of 1975. In this picture, the icicle fringes are flash-frozen spray from lake Ontario. Remember to be nice and clear your ice -- your neighbours are depending on you! Courtesy: Toronto Star Photo Archives
The Battle of Montgomery's Tavern, an incident in the Upper Canada Rebellion, took place this week in 1837, 180 years ago. This picture shows the shooting of Col. Robert Moodie, a Loyalist commander, who unadvisedly fired a shot into the air on December 4th. In return, several rebels shot him. By December 7, the British army were firmly back in charge and the pub was burnt to cinders. Today, it's an apartment building. So very Toronto!
Two young technicians from Henry Moore's studio in England prepare the sculpture "Two Large Forms", outside the Art Gallery of Ontario, in time for the opening on Oct 26, 1974. The artist donated most of his personal collection to the gallery, which you can visit in the AGO's Moore Sculpture Centre, home to the largest Henry Moore collection in the world. This sculpture was moved to Grange Park earlier this year.
This digitized business card belonged to Flora MacDonald Denison, president of the Canadian Suffrage Association from 1911 to 1914.