Vintage Queen Street Photographs from Toronto, Canada

For our latest curated collection of vintage photographs from Toronto, I thought I would focus on Vintage Queen Street. As a street we all know so well, it is interesting to see it in a time where it looks so unfamiliar.

From east to west, Queen Street has seen a lot of changes over the years from new City Halls to new shopping malls. The storefronts have changed and so have the buildings themselves.

Take a look through the photos and let us know what interesting things you discover via social media. We look forward to hearing from you.

1856 - Osgoode Hall
1856 – Osgoode Hall
1856 - Trinity College
1856 – Trinity College
1885 - 95 - Queen Street West looking west from Yonge Street
1885 – 95 – Queen Street West looking west from Yonge Street
1890? - Queen Street and Spadina Ave - Vintage Queen Street
1890? – Queen Street and Spadina Ave
1890? - Queen Street East crossing looking north
1890? – Queen Street East crossing looking north
1890? - Queen Street subway looking west
1890? – Queen Street subway looking west
1890? - Taken from #533 Queen Street looking west
1890? – Taken from #533 Queen Street looking west
1894 - Old Queen St car and trailer
Creator: Alfred J. 1894 – Old Queen St car and trailer
1897 - Nov 17 - Queen Street subway looking east
1897 – Nov 17 – Queen Street subway looking east
1897 - Nov 17 - Queen Street subway looking west construction
1897 – Nov 17 – Queen Street subway looking west construction
1898 - Queen Street east crossing looking west
1898 – Queen Street east crossing looking west
1898 - Queen Street subway looking east
1898 – Queen Street subway looking east
1898 - Queen Street subway looking east copy
1898 – Queen Street subway looking east copy
1898 - Queen Street subway looking south down Dufferin Street
1898 – Queen Street subway looking south down Dufferin Street
1899 - Oct 12 - Old west abutment Queen Street bridge Don
1899 – Oct 12 – Old west abutment Queen Street bridge Don
1899 - Queen Street subway looking west
1899 – Queen Street subway looking west
1904 - Feb 20 - Queen Street west of Lee Avenue
1904 – Feb 20 – Queen Street west of Lee Avenue
1906 - Queen Street east of Lee Avenue
1906 – Queen Street east of Lee Avenue
1907 - Church, Queen Street East
1907 – Church, Queen Street East
1908 - Queen Street looking east from City Hall
1908 – Queen Street looking east from City Hall
1908 - Yonge Street at Queen Street
1908 – Yonge Street at Queen Street
1910 - Nov 21 - Queen Street - Don River Bridge east side after looking west
1910 – Nov 21 – Queen Street – Don River Bridge east side after looking west
1910 - Nov 21 - Queen Street- Don River Bridge - Vintage Queen Street
1910 – Nov 21 – Queen Street- Don River Bridge
1911 - June 21 - Aerial view looking west on Queen Street from City Hall Tower
1911 – June 21 – Aerial view looking west on Queen Street from City Hall Tower
1912 - Lou Turofsky, in his first car, near the original studio, 322 1:2 Queen Street West
1912 – Lou Turofsky, in his first car, near the original studio, 322 1:2 Queen Street West
1913 - Window display of ladies and gentlemen's shoes, with leaded upper windows and Humphrey arc gas light, J. C. Buidreo, 1344 Queen Street West
1913 – Window display of ladies and gentlemen’s shoes, with leaded upper windows and Humphrey arc gas light, J. C. Buidreo, 1344 Queen Street West
1914 - Dominion Bank, southeast corner of Queen Street and Broadview Avenue
1914 – Dominion Bank, southeast corner of Queen Street and Broadview Avenue
1914 - Nov 13 - New track Queen Street east
1914 – Nov 13 – New track Queen Street east
1918 - Feb 26 - Don flood, North from Queen Street
1918 – Feb 26 – Don flood, North from Queen Street
1919 - Jan 24 - Catholic School, No. 409 Queen Street East at Power Street
1919 – Jan 24 – Catholic School, No. 409 Queen Street East at Power Street
1919 - Odeon Theatre, No. 1558 Queen Street West
1919 – Odeon Theatre, No. 1558 Queen Street West
1920? - Lou Turofsky and others outside Alexandra Studios, 338 Queen Street West
1920? – Lou Turofsky and others outside Alexandra Studios, 338 Queen Street West
1923 - Queen and Bay, west, on Queen
1923 – Queen and Bay, west, on Queen
1924 - James Street, looking north from Queen Street West
1924 – James Street, looking north from Queen Street West
1924 - Queen Street West at University Avenue
1924 – Queen Street West at University Avenue
1924 - Queen Street, looking east, from James, noon hour traffic
1924 – Queen Street, looking east, from James, noon hour traffic
1924 - Spadina Avenue at Queen Street West, looking north
1924 – Spadina Avenue at Queen Street West, looking north
1925 - Metropolitan Church
1925 – Metropolitan Church
1925 - Nov 11 - Cenotaph, City Hall - from north east two street cars on Queen Street in background
1925 – Nov 11 – Cenotaph, City Hall – from north east two street cars on Queen Street in background
1925 = Queen Street West, south side, looking southeast from end of University Avenue
1925 = Queen Street West, south side, looking southeast from end of University Avenue
1926 - Dec 5 - Queen St East and Canadian National Railway grade separation, placing first girder, 1 p.jpg
1926 – Dec 5 – Queen St East and Canadian National Railway grade separation, placing first girder, 1 p.jpg
1926 - North side of Queen Street West between Simcoe Street and University Avenue
1926 – North side of Queen Street West between Simcoe Street and University Avenue
1926 - Queen Street East, east of Victoria Street, south side
1926 – Queen Street East, east of Victoria Street, south side
1926 - Spadina Avenue at Queen Street, looking north
1926 – Spadina Avenue at Queen Street, looking north
1927 - York Street, looking south from Queen Street
1927 – York Street, looking south from Queen Street
1929 - Aug 31 - Queen St, east, from James, traffic, noon
1929 – Aug 31 – Queen St, east, from James, traffic, noon
1929 - Oct 20 - Police parade, line of police on Queen Street
1929 – Oct 20 – Police parade, line of police on Queen Street
1929 - Sept 13 - Dominion Store, 1284 Queen Street East
1929 – Sept 13 – Dominion Store, 1284 Queen Street East
1930 - Aerial view of downtown from the northwest
1930 – Aerial view of downtown from the northwest
1930 - Aerial view of University Avenue and Queen Street West
1930 – Aerial view of University Avenue and Queen Street West

 

To find more vintage photos of Toronto, please visit the Toronto Archives or the Toronto Public Library Archives.

 

 

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