Remembering the 1918 Armistice: November 11: Snapshots in History

November 11, 2018 | John P.

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The fighting in the First World War came to an end on November 11, 1918. So what would Torontonians have read in the newspapers on November 11, 1918? Why not take a look at some of the content in the Toronto Daily Star and of the Globe (one of the...

Remembering Harold Adams Innis: November 8: Snapshots in History

November 9, 2018 | John P.

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On November 8 and beyond, take a moment to remember one of Canada’s preeminent economic historians, Harold Adams Innis (Born: November 21, 1894 at Otterville, Ontario [according to his military attestation papers]; Died: November 8, 1952 at Toronto, Ontario). In the November 8, 1952 issue of the Toronto Daily Star...

NoVember is for Victory Bonds

November 9, 2018 | Ann

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The message on this World War I-era stamp is simple: citizens should help finance Canada's military if they want these men defeated. Library of Congress's World Digital Library identifies these four Germans ("4 reasons"): "Kaiser Wilhelm II, the German emperor; Field Marshal Paul von Hindenburg, the chief of the German...

Riveting Rosies: Ephemera and Photographs of Canadian Women in the Second World War

November 6, 2018 | Raya

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Canadian women commute by train to arms and ammunition plants, 1940 Below are ephemera (items only meant to be used for a short time) and photographs from Toronto Public Library's Baldwin Collection and Toronto Star Photograph Archive, respectively. All are available on the library's site, Digital Archive Ontario. When Canada...

War of 1812: The Surrender of Fort Detroit

October 26, 2018 | lfeesey

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The United States congress declared war on Great Britain on June 18, 1812. Britain had drawn the ire of the Americans by blockading their trade with France, stirring up uprisings from Indigenous populations and impressing (press ganging) US sailors born in Britain into the British navy. Map of Upper and...

October Reflections from the Digital Archive Ontario

October 1, 2018 | Ann

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The month of October fills our minds of late harvest, chilly weather and Halloween. The library's Digital Archive Ontario provides some interesting historical moments in October to contemplate with the changing season... Battle at Queenston Heights Battle of Queenston on October 13, 1812 During The War of 1812 (over two...

Howard Moscoe Speaks About His Madcap Romp Through City Hall

September 21, 2018 | Andrew

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On Monday September 24 from 7:30-9 pm North York Central Library and the North York Historical Society proudly present a talk from Howard Moscoe, former North York and Toronto City Councillor and Chair of the Toronto Transit Commission. All are invited to this lively talk on his political career experiences...

International Plowing Match: Past and Present

September 10, 2018 | Irene

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Have you ever attended a plowing match? In 1999, I attended the International Plowing Match and Rural Expo (IPM) in Dashwood, Ontario along with tens of thousands of visitors. It was quite spectacular! This year's event is being held in Chatham-Kent near Pain Court, Ontario. It runs September 18-22. It's...

Remembering the First Labour Day in Toronto: September 3: Snapshots in History

September 6, 2018 | John P.

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As one celebrates Labour Day on the first Monday in September each year, take a moment and go back in time to September 3, 1894 when the first official Labour Day was celebrated in Canada, Ontario, and Toronto. The federal Conservative government of Sir John Sparrow Thompson implemented the first...

Autumn in Algonquin Park

August 31, 2018 | Ann

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Courtesy Toronto Star Photograph Archive, 1991 September marks the transition from summer to autumn: shorter days, darker skies and chillier nights. Leaving the window open all evening may cause your fingers, toes and noses to experience those freezy tingles. Heavier and darker clothing including boots and galoshes start becoming required...