Toronto 1995

These photos are from my first, and so far last, trip to Canada. I actually don’t know much about what they are depicting—so I leave the commenting to you. It’s fascinating though how a crappy scanner, black and white film and the way people are dressed make 1995 feel like ancient history.

This entry was written by Olga Schlyter , posted on Thursday March 15 2007at 05:03 pm , filed under Canada, History and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink . Post a comment below or leave a trackback: Trackback URL.

3 Responses to “Toronto 1995”

  • As I mentioned before, I really love the first one. There’s just so much going on and it all seems so pre-condo-boom Toronto.

    You’re right that the B&W film and poor quality of the scan make these photos seem older than they actually are. A good film scan, on the other hand, can make very old photos seem like they were taken yesterday.

  • Vila H. says:

    Yonge Street, and, from the looks of the last, Bay. Pre-redevelopment, pre-condo boom, a few years before I moved to Montreal. In a certain sense, it is ancient history–Toronto was a very different city then.

  • Jay Goldman says:


    The first photo is taken from the east side of Yonge St. looking west, just north of College.

    The second really is ancient history as that entire intersection has changed. It looks like it’s taken from the north side of the Yonge and Dundas intersection, looking south. The World’s Biggest Jean Store, Jewellery Exchange, and Licks are all gone and Yonge Dundas Square now occupies their post. The Maritime Life tower would now be visible further south along Yonge St., at the corner of Queen. Just past the Licks, across what is now “Dundas Square” street, is the current home of the Hard Rock Cafe Toronto.

    The third is a reverse angle of the first, taken from the same side of the street but facing north. The building just visible on the right edge of the frame is the Courtyard Marriott, which has a Second Cup in the corner closest to you.

    The fourth is really tough. The leftmost skyscraper looks like the Scotia Plaza and the one on the right looks like Commerce Court. Given the two building’s relative location to each other, I think this was taken looking south. The very square and squat building at the left edge of the frame looks like part of the Bay Adelaide Centre, which was abandoned in 1991 before construction really even got underway. It’s now on again (as the end of the Wikipedia article states), so that view will soon no longer exist.

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane!