Nice booklet destined for tourists visiting Toronto, with images of the main attractions of the late 19th century. The lack of cars, and images of horse-drawn carriages and public transportation help to date it.
Attractive snapshot of Toronto of that time.
Total of 16 photos: 15 single pane, one double pane.
Nicest image is the two-page one attached to the inside front cover:
Other photos are detached from the binding, split into two groups connected ‘accordion’ style:
Each pane is 3” x 4 9/16”
No date, no name/photographer
Hardcover, red cloth binding. In faded gold on cover “VIEWS OF TORONTO”.
Colour of cover faded, some fraying on corners. Some red transfer to images, light staining.
3 ⅜” x 5”
Souvenir View albums from the 1880s and 1890s were published by Canadian stationers and booksellers, and by the railways for whose clientele they were destined. (Those travelling by steamer were another audience for the view books, as later would be those touring by automobile.) Most of the volumes from this period appear to have been printed in the United States for the Canadian publishers. The albums share common characteristics: The photomechanically reproduced drawings (which appear to have been based on photographic views), occasionally coloured, are printed on a single accordion-folded sheet, encased in blind stamped, sometimes gilded, cloth covers. The artists who produced the drawings for these publications are not credited.