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Vintage Map of Toronto Waterfront View

Vintage Map of Toronto Waterfront View


Bird's-eye view, looking n. from harbour to n. of Bloor St. and some points beyond, from Humber R. on the west to Victoria Park Ave. on the east. Published by: Barclay, Clark & Co. Lithographers

Inscription: “Entered according to Act of Parliament of Canada, in the year 1893 by Barclay, Clark & Co. in the Office of the Minister of Agriculture.”


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Illustrated Vintage Historical Map of Toronto from the Waterfront

“The bird’s-eye view is an oblique perspective drawing of a city viewed from an elevation of several thousand feet above it. The views include a three-dimensional portrayal of buildings and other features in an attempt to combine the main topographical aspects of a map with the details possible in a picture. The views appealed to civic pride and were also seen as an encouragement to commercial growth. Sold at $3 to $10, they became popular wall hangings during the last third of the 19th century. Views were usually done by artists who solicited subscriptions in advance to guarantee sales, and who actually went around the city sketching buildings.”

– Isobel Ganton & Joan Winearls, MAPPING TORONTO’S FIRST CENTURY 1787-1884

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