William James’ Toronto Views

Lantern Slides from 1906 to 1939

by William James (photographer)

introduction by Christopher Hume

William James' Toronto Views offers an intimate and unparalleled portrait of the burgeoning city as it grew into the twentieth century.
William James' Toronto Views offers an appealing look at the city through the eyes of master photographer William James, a prolific photojournalist who took more than 10,000 images of the city during the early twentieth century.
This book reproduces over 100 images from the 5,800 lantern slides in the James collection at the City of Toronto Archives, many hand-tinted. There are early views of the waterfront and downtown, of magnificent homes, of prominent figures at public events and ordinary people going about daily life. Art writer Christopher Hume provides an engaging introductory essay that discusses James, his work, and early twentieth-century Toronto.
William James' Toronto Views offers an intimate and unparalleled portrait of the burgeoning city as it grew into the twentieth century.

Reviews

"There is a sense...in which this could be called a coffee-table book, but it is much more than that... a valuable contribution to the social history of the city, the province, and the country. As we turn the pages, we receive a remarkably clear impression of what it must have felt like to be a Torontonian the best part of a century ago."
W.J. Keith, Canadian Book Review Annual

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