Picture Postcards

This collection shows a visual social history of the Toronto Island through the lens of postcards and other images. Most of these postcards came from private collections, in particular from the late Nina Handley (Zhelka), some were found on the internet. The first image is a lithograph by Augustus Kollner (1813-1870) which shows a countryside scene near Toronto in 1851. The Island (a spit of land at the time) is in the far distance.

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1 Comment for “Picture Postcards”

Linda Leitch Scanlan


Sad to report another Islander has passed on. Heather Thompson passed away early this morning from Lung Cancer. She would be 67 on Aug. 31st. Heather lived on Lakeshore Ave. Wards Island for most of her childhood years. Her parents were Harold and Ira Thompson. Harold died of a heart attack on the Ferry docks on his way to work one morning when Heather was only 12. So many Islanders passed young from various cancers and I often wonder about the hydro lines or the smelt fish we all loved to catch and eat.

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