Please take as many images of the non commercial streets, avenues and buildings as possible.


The photographic historical record of the Greater Junction Area held by government organizations such as the City of Toronto Archives is really devoid of images of the the residential streets and the activities of the residents over the history of the city.

There are images of commercial streets, factories, road repair and the photographs of police and natural events. Although the collections of these are thin too.

If you are looking for photograph to enlighten or learn about the every day activities of the people of the area, these are almost nonexistent. Views if the residential streets also are very low in number.

All of these images types are so important, as they provide us with the joy of seeing what our community is built from. Old photographs can provide a cultural knowledge base to understand how the culture of a community evolved and how and why the building we live in developed amidst the streets.

We as a community have such an opportunity with the low cost and the camera in very devise period we live in to produce the greatest historical photographic record of the Greater Junction Area right now. Lets do it.

 

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  1. David says:

    I agree entirely. The number one question we’re asked at the Junction Historical Society is “do you have an old picture of my house.” Generally, we only have photos of houses for two reasons: either a former owner or occupant took a photo of them or their kids on the front porch, or else the city took the photo to document structural damage before demolishing the house. Even the commercial photos mostly exist to document public transit, sewers, or other civic infrastructure.
    With this is mind, we did a sizeable project in the 1990s which photo-documented many of the Junction’s residential streets. But we’d certainly welcome other donations of photos of houses and apartments.

  2. Frank says:

    I’d love to see a then and now of a different places in the Junction.

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