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Historicist: Happy 50th Birthday, North York!

Celebrating a suburban golden jubilee back in '72.

The summer of 1972 was a momentous one for the Borough of North York. The growing suburban municipality celebrated its 50th anniversary that year with a series of special events throughout that spring and summer. Among the souvenirs was a special edition of the Mirror newspaper which traced North York’s past, present, and future, excerpts of which are featured in the accompanying gallery.

All images and quotes in the gallery taken from the Mirror Special Jubilee Edition (June 1972).

Every Saturday, Historicist looks back at the events, places, and characters that have shaped Toronto into the city we know today.


  • Anonymous

    2012 – 1972 = 40

    • DB

      The 50th anniversary happened in 1972.

  • Anonymous

    Just one correction photo 12 of 14 is of the original Administrative Studies (later re-named Schulich School of Business) building at York U. its not the administration building for York U like the caption implies, that is located in the Ross building and due to the growth of York U some administrative functions have spread to other buildings on campus over the years, but this building still isn’t one of them.

    • Jamie

      The caption on the photo in question has been changed to reflect the caption that originally accompanied the image in the Mirror.