Vintage Tennis Photographs from Toronto

The Rogers Cup is coming to Toronto July 23 – 31 bringing with it the top tennis players in the world.

In anticipation of the Rogers Cup, I thought I would share some vintage tennis photographs I found on the Toronto Archives and the Toronto Public Library archives of people playing the sport around Toronto from 1900-1930.

It is interesting to note the clothing worn, the conditions and materials of the courts, the shoes worn and also the racquets used. So many of our neighbourhoods have had public courts for around 100 years.

1905 - Hanlan, Hotel (1880-1909), Hanlan's Point
1905 – Hanlan, Hotel (1880-1909), Hanlan’s Point
1907 - Mrs. Bickle playing tennis
1907 – Mrs. Bickle playing tennis
1908 - Championship tennis
1908 – Championship tennis
1908 - Miss Summerhayes playing tennis
1908 – Miss Summerhayes playing tennis
1910? - Campbell, Archibald Hamilton, 'Carbrook', Queen's Park Rd., w. side, s. of Bloor St. W
1910? – Campbell, Archibald Hamilton, ‘Carbrook’, Queen’s Park Rd., w. side, s. of Bloor St. W
1914 - aug 1 - Riverdale Park ladies' tennis
1914 – aug 1 – Riverdale Park ladies’ tennis
1914 - aug 2 - Kew Gardens — tennis
1914 – aug 2 – Kew Gardens — tennis
1914 - aug 2 - Kew Gardens — tennis copy
1914 – aug 2 – Kew Gardens — tennis copy
1914 - Riverdale Park, tennis
1914 – Riverdale Park, tennis
1919 - Gordon Spanner, Toronto Tennis Club
1919 – Gordon Spanner, Toronto Tennis Club
1920 - Tennis player Phoebe Grierson
1920 – Tennis player Phoebe Grierson
1920 - Tennis players, Toronto Tennis Club
1920 – Tennis players, Toronto Tennis Club
1921 - july 1 - Dufferin Grove Park
1921 – july 1 – Dufferin Grove Park
1923 - nov 24 - Earlscourt Tennis Singles Ladies Champions
1923 – nov 24 – Earlscourt Tennis Singles Ladies Champions
1923 - nov 24 - Roden (school) Tennis Singles Ladies Champion
1923 – nov 24 – Roden (school) Tennis Singles Ladies Champion
1924 - Kew Gardens, Queen St. E., s. side, between Waverley Rd. & Lee Ave
1924 – Kew Gardens, Queen St. E., s. side, between Waverley Rd. & Lee Ave
1926 - may 15 - Chairman P.W. Ellis, serving first ball, at new tennis courts, Hillcrest
1926 – may 15 – Chairman P.W. Ellis, serving first ball, at new tennis courts, Hillcrest
1926 - may 15 - Grand opening, tennis courts, Hillcrest
1926 – may 15 – Grand opening, tennis courts, Hillcrest
1928 - sept 21 - Toronto Tennis Club
1928 – sept 21 – Toronto Tennis Club
1928 - Toronto Tennis Club
1928 – Toronto Tennis Club
1928 - Toronto Tennis Club, Ham, Canada
1928 – Toronto Tennis Club, Ham, Canada
1928 - Toronto Tennis Club, Ham, Canada, action
1928 – Toronto Tennis Club, Ham, Canada, action
1929 - june - Annual opening of Hillcrest tennis season
1929 – june – Annual opening of Hillcrest tennis season
1929 - Toronto Cricket - Club, Miss Beatrice Symons on tennis court
1929 – Toronto Cricket – Club, Miss Beatrice Symons on tennis court
1929 - Toronto Cricket Club, Miss Beatrice Symons on tennis court
1929 – Toronto Cricket Club, Miss Beatrice Symons on tennis court
1931 - Old Mill tennis grounds
1931 – Old Mill tennis grounds
1932 - Riverdale Tennis Court
1932 – Riverdale Tennis Court
1939 - Sunnyside Tennis Club
1939 – Sunnyside Tennis Club

 

Search for more images on the Toronto Archives and the TPL Archives.

 

 

Joel Levy
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