I discovered a bunch of great vintage bicycle photographs on the Toronto archives that I wanted to share for this week’s Toronto history post.
The photos are dated from 1907 – 1960s. It is interesting to note the locations where bicycling events took place as well as the different types of bikes. I also enjoyed the photos of the bicycle corps.
Cyclists, Centre Island. – 1908
Photo: Alfred J. Pearson – December 6, 1924 – Bay St, showing parking, on east side, Saturday, before noon, (from Temperance St, north)
Bicycle corps, University Avenue. – 1913
Bicycle race at Velodrome, Scarborough Beach Park. – [ca. 1926] Bicycle race paced by motorcycles, CNE. – [ca. 1920]
Bicycle racing, Grandstand, CNE – between 1920 and 1940
Bill and Joe James in a motorcyle with side car. – [1910?]
Bill James Jr. and his first Canadian bicycle. – 1907
Boys cycling across Lakeshore Road bridge at Mimico. – [1907?] Cycle corps. – [ca. 1915] Cycle corps at physical exercises, Humber Valley. – [ca. 1915] Cycle corps. – [ca. 1915] Cycling beside Don River, between Don Mills Road and Leaside . – [ca. 1912]
Cycling in Rosedale Valley – between 1900 and 1920
Cyclists lined up for race, CNE between 1920 and 1940
Double high wheel bicycle. – 1934
Dufferin Street, Eglinton to Wilson. – 1955
Dunlop Trophy bicycle race, CNE grounds. – [1924?]
Female cyclist wheeling bicycle up muddy hill on St. Clair Avenue West. – 1907
Finish of bicycle race, CNE. – September 2, 1926. The winner of the one mile race was Bill Elder, right.
Gold-plated racing bicycle presented to Peden, Canadian Sports Hall of Fame
High wheel bicycle, a.k.a. Penny-farthing. – 1930
HMCS “Forest Hill” crew host WRENS stationed in Halifax from Forest Hill Village, and other parts of Toronto at a dinner on the ship : Coder James Cramer (1300 Lansdowne Ave.) shows WREN Ruth Arnsby (9 Montclair) one of the bicycles sent by the Village of Forest Hill to the ship 1940-45
Mary J. Gilmore and Ordinary Seaman Robert Denyer try out one of the bicycles – HMCS “Forest Hill” crew host WRENS stationed in Halifax from Forest Hill Village, and other parts of Toronto at a dinner on the ship : Coder James Cramer (1300 Lansdowne Ave.) shows WREN Ruth Arnsby (9 Montclair) one of the bicycles sent by the Village of Forest Hill to the ship 1940-45 – old bicycle photos
Mt. Carmel Church, Reverend Stephen Anad blessing bicycle. – July 28, 1929
Norm James in Dunlop Trophy bicycle race. – [between 1925 and 1926] North Bathurst Street hill. – [ca. 1922]
Peterson Productions filming advertisement for BIA Oil at gas station – between 1950 and 1970
Sis, Aunt Alice, Dora, and Frank (on bicycle) James. – 1907
Soldier with family. – [1914?]. A note says that the location is the city limits of Hamilton, where soldiers on a trek were met by their families. (However, the soldier shown has a bicycle.)
Some of the James family. – 1907. A note says this may be 39 Huron Street, but the house isn’t the same as in 3522.
Start of bicycle race, CNE . – September 2, 1926. The winner of the one mile race was Bill Elder, third from left.
Start of first heat of schoolboys’ bicycle race, CNE Grandstand. – [ca. 1926] See more vintage photographs on the Trick cyclists at CNE Grandstand. – [ca. 1920] Toronto Archives website.