Toronto Between the Wars

Open this book and step into the past, when refrigerators were a new invention, milk was delivered by a horse, and girls had to wear long woolly bloomers to go swimming. Discover what it was like to live in Toronto nearly a hundred years ago.

The pace of life in Toronto picked up after 1919 and never slowed down again. Toronto went through massive changes that affected the physical and the social life of the city. Toronto Between the Wars features 180 archival photographs of Toronto during this fascinating period. Each picture is accompanied by a captivating story about some aspect of life in the city.

During this time, cars became commonplace, the downtown skyline changed as new skyscrapers were built, and women’s roles changed dramatically. Then the Depression sent the economy into a tailspin, unemployment became rampant and poverty took its toll. People struggled to afford the basic necessities and lived under the shadow of a growing threat of another war in Europe.

With intriguing pictures and absorbing text, Toronto Between the Wars offers a rare opportunity to observe life in Toronto during a critical time in its history.

Winner of the Heritage Toronto Award of Excellence 2005


“This book is a feast for the eyes. Open it with that spirit, savour the richness of the past and you will not be disappointed.” —Christine Hughes,  Canadian Book Review Annual

“A wonderful album of photographs and pungent commentaries ... Anyone who loves Toronto will find this book well worth browsing.” —Bill Gladstone, Canadian Jewish News

“A handsome coffee-table volume brimming with intriguing and nostalgic photographs... informative and concise ... knack for focusing on important issues.” —Sheldon Kirshner, Canadian Jewish News

“Remarkable, fascinating photographs ... The other captivating feature of this book is the inclusion of stories that spring from the images.” —Doug Boult, Canadian Camera

 “Noteworthy is the quality of the photo reproductions ... many of which have not been published before.” —Greg Gatenby, Books in Canada