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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.

Maple Leaf Stadium

Maple Leaf Stadium, Fleet & Bathurst Sts  1929 vs 2018

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

Maple Leaf Stadium was built on land acquired in 1925 at the foot of Bathurst and Lakeshore Blvd.

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Maple Leaf Stadium, Fleet & Bathurst Sts  1929 vs 2018

Maple Leaf Stadium was built on land acquired in 1925 at the foot of Bathurst and Lakeshore Blvd. The stadium was financed by the team with an initial budget of $300,000 which ballooned to $750,000 by completion.

Opening day was April 29, 1926. Games were only played during the day until 1934 when lighting was installed. The stadium saw a surge in attendance during the 50’s after the Leafs were sold to Jack Kent Cooke.

The 60’s brought about change. Cooke had tried to convince city council that a new stadium was needed. Considering the cost to taxpayers, they thought otherwise. The team was sold in 1964 and again in 1967 which would send the team to Louisville, Kentucky. The last game was played on September 4, 1967. Deemed to be a hazard, a few months later the stadium was demolished.

City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 1231, Item 0465

Umbrella Edition - Signed and numbered series of 25.

Customization available. Please inquire via email.

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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