Toronto in the 1910s was a city of contrasts. On the one hand, the population was growing rapidly, and the economy was strong. Many immigrants were coming to the city, which added to its diversity and vibrancy. The city was also undergoing significant industrialization, with many new factories and businesses being established. This led to the creation of new jobs and opportunities for the people of Toronto.
On the other hand, the city also faced some challenges and growing pains. The influx of immigrants put a strain on the city’s infrastructure and services, and there were instances of overcrowding and poor living conditions in some areas. The city was also dealing with the effects of World War I, as many young men from Toronto enlisted to fight and the city experienced economic uncertainty due to the war. Many people in the city were employed in the manufacturing sector, and the city was a hub for trade and commerce. On the other hand, the city was also deeply impacted by the war.
The city was undergoing major changes and was at the forefront of Canada’s industrialization and growth. Many of the institutions and organizations that define the city today were established during this period, including the Toronto Transit Commission and the Toronto Public Library. Overall, Toronto in the 1910s was a dynamic and rapidly changing city.
The image is of particular interest on Remembrance Day for two reasons. Firstly it is unusual to see the location without its familiar war memorial Secondly the aerial view was taken while the Old City Hall was decorated to welcome home the 75th Battalion who would have been on their way home to Mississauga.