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An Eastward View of the Wood-Wellesley Improvement Area, 1969

An unidentified CMHC photographer captures the view from an upper balcony (or perhaps the roof) of the Westbury Hotel in Toronto on June 19, 1969. Image: CMHC, 1969-544.

Of the things I’ve hoped to see more often appear on the CMHC’s FTP site since it began being indexed by Google a few years back, I must say that it is photographs that I’ve wanted to see more of. Although I love the slow (but consistent) digitization of print materials, there is something to be said for high-quality scans of colour slides from the Corporation’s archives that really make so much come alive. A small handful of images from Toronto taken in 1969 and 1971 has always been interesting to me.

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Trillium Terrace, Etobicoke, c. 1956 & 2015

In 1955/56 the Etobicoke Council documented the location for the then-controversial sewage treatment plant along the Humber River. When looking through issues of the Etobicoke Guardian from the era, it was clear that, as a political topic, the plant soaked up much of the local government’s time.