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Present Past is a dynamic approach to a rephotographic survey.

The City of Toronto has gone through many changes over the years. Certain buildings have stood the test of time and are dwarfed by the towers that surround them. Others have disappeared altogether. This series includes both to show the ever-changing face of the City of Toronto.

Avenue Road & Bloor St W

Ontario Safety League/ Southeast corner of Avenue Rd & Bloor St W 1923 vs 2017

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

The Ontario Safety League Formed in 1913. It set about educating the public about safety for all vehicles and pedestrians. With the advent of the automobile the need was essential. Prompted by accidents due to lack of instruction and education.

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Ontario Safety League/ Southeast corner of Avenue Rd & Bloor St W 1923 vs 2017

The Ontario Safety League Formed in 1913. It set about educating the public about safety for all vehicles and pedestrians. With the advent of the automobile the need was essential. Prompted by accidents due to lack of instruction and education.

Staged accidents demonstrated how various vehicles interact with each other and pedestrians . These were used as tools to instruct the incorrect and proper ways to handle motor vehicles.

City of Toronto Archives/TTC Fonds, Series 71, Item 2429 (Ontario Safety League – July 28, 1923)

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

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Vintage images from the Toronto Archives are merged with modern day images. White halos denote open sky where new structures overtake the skyline. Torn edges represent the split revealing a part of the past in our present.

The start of a series that will explore the vibrant neighborhoods around the city.

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