Addressed to Toronto
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Addressed to Toronto

The situation in Toronto this summer is grim, but it was much worse in 1906, when Toronto faced a crippling piano workers’ strike that was so thoroughly devastating that it was commemorated in a postcard (somehow, we don’t think this year’s city workers’ strike will get the same treatment). This quirky postcard is just one of the thousands of old Toronto-themed postcards, matchbooks, and menus that can be found on John Chuckman’s Toronto postcard blog. Since 2006, Chuckman, who professes to love history, has posted more than two thousand images in five volumes. According to his website, his catalogue “may be the largest collection of Toronto postcards on the Internet.” And while the collection is somewhat dulled by low-quality images (there are some great old aerial shots of Toronto that we wish were bigger) and an awkward labelling system, those are minor shortcomings in what’s an otherwise fascinating reminder of Toronto’s rich history.
All images are from John Chuckman’s Toronto Postcard collection.