Photos of Historic Toronto Storefronts

I once again got lost on the Toronto Archives website searching through different themes. This time, I was looking at Historic photographs of Toronto Storefronts to see how corner stores, butchers, tailors, grocers and other shop owners decorated their stores over the years.

Take a look through these great images and continue your browsing on the Toronto Archives website.

145 King Street East - 1870
145 King Street East – (c.1870) – Showing the James Foster & Son general hardware store, and photographer D.C. Butchart’s Toronto Dominion Gallery, which was located on the second floor.
Williams butcher and grocery store, Deer Park. - 1908
Williams butcher and grocery store, Deer Park. – 1908
Store plastered with signs, northwest corner of Adelaide Street West and Bay Street. - [ca. 1910]
Store plastered with signs, northwest corner of Adelaide Street West and Bay Street. – [ca. 1910]
Old shops with living quarters above - 6,8,10 Elizabeth Street - Feb 12, 1912.
Old shops with living quarters above – 6,8,10 Elizabeth Street – Feb 12, 1912.
Item consists of one photograph. The location is a butcher's on Bloor St. West near Brunswick, called either Flanagan's or the Brunswick Meat Store. It may have been the second of two butcher shops with the same owner.
The location is a butcher’s on Bloor St. West near Brunswick, called either Flanagan’s or the Brunswick Meat Store. It may have been the second of two butcher shops with the same owner – 1921
Exterior view of store fronts at 1498 Queen Street West, Parkdale, with Humphrey gas arc lighting: Sutherland tobacco, A. Grapple shoes, F. G. Martin, grocer. - [ca. 1922]
1498 Queen West Parkdale Humphrey with gas arc lighting , Sutherland tobacco, A Grapple shoes , F G Martin grocer
Old Country Furniture-\ store, SW corner of Dundas & Pacific Ave. - Feb 8, 1922.
Old Country Furniture-\ store, SW corner of Dundas & Pacific Ave. – Feb 8, 1922.
Yonge Street and Alexander Street 192?
Yonge Street and Alexander Street 192?
Arnold Bros, grocery section, 773 Yonge St.. - April 22, 1926
Arnold Bros, grocery section, 773 Yonge St.. – April 22, 1926
Creator: Alfred J. Pearson Date: September 16, 1927 Archival Citation: Fonds 16, Series 71, Item 5366 Credit: City of Toronto Archives www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required.
September 16, 1927 – The item is a photograph looking at a view of Scarborough radial line stop no. 7 and Taylor’s Drug store at the southwest corner of Kingston Road, and Birchcliff Avenue.
Kid's Safety Club, policeman and girls. - Roncesvalles Fern Avenue April 25 1928 William Forster Grocer 177 Roncesvalles.jpg - April 25, 1928
Kid’s Safety Club, policeman and girls – Roncesvalles Fern Avenue April 25 1928 – William Forster Grocer at 177 Roncesvalles – April 25, 1928
photograph of Tony Greco and his mother at their fruit and vegetable store, Danforth Fruit, on the southwest corner of Danforth and Logan avenues - 1930?
photograph of Tony Greco and his mother at their fruit and vegetable store, Danforth Fruit, on the southwest corner of Danforth and Logan avenues – 1930?
Creator: Unknown Date: November 21, 1930 Archival Citation: Fonds 1266, Item 22565 Credit: City of Toronto Archives www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required.
Ingersoll [Cream] Cheese window [R.S.] Jones Grocery, Windermere & Bloor – November 21, 1930
Scotts' Grocery Store SW corner of Davenport & Dupont - October 2, 1930
Scotts’ Grocery Store SW corner of Davenport & Dupont – October 2, 1930
Although the photographer indicated that this image shows the southeast corner of Broadview Ave. and Queen St. E., it is actually the northeast corner that is shown. The photograph shows a news vendor's kiosk covered with ads for the Daily Star, the Globe and Mail, the Telegram, and the Star Weekly. Behind the kiosk is the shop window of a United Cigar Store, and a sign for Superior Taxi. - nov 4th 1937
Although the photographer indicated that this image shows the southeast corner of Broadview Ave. and Queen St. E., it is actually the northeast corner that is shown. The photograph shows a news vendor’s kiosk covered with ads for the Daily Star, the Globe and Mail, the Telegram, and the Star Weekly. Behind the kiosk is the shop window of a United Cigar Store, and a sign for Superior Taxi. – nov 4th 1937
Yonge Street subway construction - 1950
Allen Stores on Yonge Street – 1950
Avenue-Road-widening-existing-conditions-1959
Avenue Road widening. Existing conditions – 1959
Avenue Road widening. Existing conditions - 1959
Avenue Road widening. Existing conditions – 1959
Avenue Road widening. Existing conditions - 1959
Avenue Road widening. Existing conditions – 1959
Avenue Road widening. Existing conditions - 1959
Avenue Road widening. Existing conditions – 1959
Avenue Road widening. Existing conditions - 1959
Avenue Road widening. Existing conditions – 1959
Avenue Road widening. Existing conditions - 1959
Avenue Road widening. Existing conditions – 1959
Darrigo's Grocery at the Corner of Spruce & Carlton Streets - 1947
Darrigo’s Grocery at the Corner of Spruce & Parliament Streets – 1947
File consists of 22 photographs of the widening of a section of Dundas Street West, between Kipling Avenue and Paulart Drive. Intersections documented include those with Paulart Drive, Wilmar Road, Poplar Avenue and Acorn Avenue. A number of service stations appear in the photographs include McCleary's Esso Service, and Shell, White Rose, Texaco and Sunoco stations. Included is a photograph of 6 Points Plaza, consisting of a Loblaw's, Zellers, Reitmans, and other small shops.
File consists of 22 photographs of the widening of a section of Dundas Street West, between Kipling Avenue and Paulart Drive. Intersections documented include those with Paulart Drive, Wilmar Road, Poplar Avenue and Acorn Avenue. A number of service stations appear in the photographs include McCleary’s Esso Service, and Shell, White Rose, Texaco and Sunoco stations. Included is a photograph of 6 Points Plaza, consisting of a Loblaw’s, Zellers, Reitmans, and other small shops – 1956
Orpen Properties Patoff Grocery 391 Brock Avenue and Smyth Variety Store 389 Brock Ave Muir Ave-SE corner - 195?.
Orpen Properties Patoff Grocery 391 Brock Avenue and Smyth Variety Store 389 Brock Ave Muir Ave-SE corner – 195?.
Yonge Street subway construction - 1950 2
Yonge Street – 1950
Yonge Street subway construction - 1950 3
Yonge Street – 1950
Yonge Street subway construction - 1950 4
Yonge Street – 1950
Red Circle Cut Rate store 1692 Jane-Street Lawrence Avenue West corner - 1968
Red Circle Cut Rate store 1692 Jane-Street Lawrence Avenue West corner – 1968
View of variety store at the north-west corner of Ontario and Dundas Street East - May 13, 1977
View of variety store at the north-west corner of Ontario and Dundas Street East – May 13, 1977
Creator: Harvey R. Naylor Date: November 9, 1978 Archival Citation: Fonds 1526, File 9, Item 12 Credit: City of Toronto Archives www.toronto.ca/archives Copyright was transferred to the City of Toronto by the copyright owner.
NE corner of Dundas Street East and Mutual Street – 1978
Housing - miscellaneous residential buildings. - [between 1977 and 1998]
Housing – miscellaneous residential buildings. – [between 1977 and 1998]

For more photos of Historic Toronto Storefronts, visit the Toronto Archives website.

 

 

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