Old Photographs from the Murdoch Mysteries Era

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For my latest collection of old photographs from Toronto, I gathered some photos from the Murdoch Mysteries era to share with our readers. The city archives have a ton of images to browse, and you can visit them here.

Murdoch Mysteries is one of CBC’s most popular tv shows. Its fan base has reached past our borders with a huge following in the U.K., U.S.A. and France.

The show follows young detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson) as he solves cases that are taking place in Toronto during the 1890s and the early 1900s.

The television series is based on characters from the novel series by Maureen Jennings.

The show will be releasing their 9th season on October 5th.

Enjoy the pics!


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1895 Steamship Cibola, launched in 1887 was a metal paddled steamship that plied the route between Toronto and Lewiston, New York. It was destroyed by fire at Lewiston in 1895
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1890 – University College after the fire of that year


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c. 1894 – Old Queen St. car and trailer, on Queen Street at Roncesvalle. Car no. 390 was built in 1893.
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1895 – City Hall St. Lawrence Market
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1895 – Mary Agnes Snively, letter to Miss Ida Beam confirming her acceptance into the training school. Ida Beam would later graduate in 1897.


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1896 – Double truck open cars #1 and #3, Long Branch Line
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1896 – Group in front of car house
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1899 – Soldiers leaving for South African War (Boer War): King St W, east of Yonge St.
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c. 1900 – Open car and trailer, Munro Park Line


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Toronto City Hall 1900-1964
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1900 – City Hall chimes being installed

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1900 – Welcome of South Africa War vets at City Hall
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1900 – Welcome of South African Vets at City Hall, Night View
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1901 Boer War, C Company return, King Street East from Yonge Street
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1901 – Mayor Howland welcoming Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, Toronto City Hall
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1900 – School of Nursing, Toronto General Hospital, Fall class of 1900
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1901 – Manufacturer’s Arch, Queen’s Park
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1902 – The Bunch. An unidentified group portrait likely showing Whittingham’s fellow employees at the Toronto Engraving Company. The nicknames of each man in the portrait is inscribed in ink on the board on which the photograph is mounted.
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1903 – Funeral procession of Sir Oliver Mowat
c. 1903 - Preparing for foundations for new George J. Foy building, Front Street. The business sold wholesale liquors and cigars.
c. 1903 – Preparing for foundations for new George J. Foy building, Front Street. The business sold wholesale liquors and cigars.
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Queen Victoria Monument, unveiled May 27, 1903

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1902-1912 Toronto Railway Co. tram #836, class D with cowcatcher. Car is at the motor shop on Frederick Street, after a minor collision on front closed side!






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