William James' Toronto Views
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William James' Toronto Views

Lantern Slides from 1906 to 1939

By (photographer) William James, Introduction by Christopher Hume

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Series: Lorimer Illustrated History

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William James' Toronto Views offers an appealing look at the city through the eyes of master photographer William James, a prolific photojournalist who took more than 10,000 images of the city during the early twentieth century.
This book reproduces over 100 images from the 5,800 lantern slides in the James collection at the City of Toronto Archives, many hand-tinted. There are early views of the waterfront and downtown, of magnificent homes, of prominent figures at public events and ordinary people going about daily life. Art writer Christopher Hume provides an engaging introductory essay that discusses James, his work, and early twentieth-century Toronto.
William James' Toronto Views offers an intimate and unparalleled portrait of the burgeoning city as it grew into the twentieth century.



The City

The Waterfront
Workplaces and Workers
Civic Institutions
The University

People and Neighbourhoods

The Rich
The Middle Class
The Poor


Water Sports
The Ex
The Islands

"There is a sense...in which this could be called a coffee-table book, but it is much more than that... a valuable contribution to the social history of the city, the province, and the country. As we turn the pages, we receive a remarkably clear impression of what it must have felt like to be a Torontonian the best part of a century ago."

- W.J. Keith Canadian Book Review Annual

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Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 120 pages
Publication Date: 1st January 1999
ISBN: 9781550286786
Format: 8.25in x 10.5in
illustrated with colour and black & white photographs

BISAC Code:, HIS006000, PHO000000, PHO001000, PHO011000
Imprint: Lorimer


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