Leap Year: Digitized Items from Our Collections
To kickstart the decade's first leap year, I turned to Toronto Public Library's Digital Archive Ontario for historical photos and unexpected items tied to leap years.
What you'll find below is a small selection of what I discovered. It includes photos from our Toronto Star Photograph Archive of individuals born on "leap day", February 29. (With only one birthday every four years, it's not hard to stay young! If you're curious, check out 10 Things You Didn't Know About Leap Day Babies.)
You'll also find a few pieces of ephemera (items not meant to last) that have some sort of connection to leap years. And finally, a bunch of digitized items showcasing literal leaps!
Leap year birthdays
Peter celebrated his 17th birthday in 1984, pouring champagne into a mug given to him (from the defunct Toronto World newspaper) when he was born in 1916. Toronto Star Photograph Archive, 1984
Leap year-related ephemera
This advertisement was not published in a leap year, but the publication it appeared in mentions the prior leap year: "Scobie's Canadian almanac and repository of useful knowledge, for the year 1851, being the third after leap year." Baldwin Collection of Canadiana, 1851
A promotional calendar from another leap year, 1908. The Toronto business advertises an "Ice Cream Parlor and Soda Fountain," "Japanese Tea Rooms" and "Chocolates and Bon Bons." Baldwin Collection of Canadiana, 1908
Actual leaps (yes, I might be stretching it!)
Go ahead, take the leap! See what you can find in Digital Archive Ontario.