Toronto, 1915: A British-American metropolis.

Skyscrapers, streetcars, and the Union Jack?

You’ll have to look closely to find the flag, but I assure you it’s there: Welcome to Toronto, circa 1915. Increasingly North American in its economic and physical development, the city’s British cultural roots nevertheless remain stong — a bulwark, many will argue, maintained by the young (Anglo-) Canadian nation against the overwhelming influence of the growing superpower to the south.  

Montreal might still be Canada’s first city in 1915, but signs of Toronto’s future preeminence are clearly emerging. The new Royal Bank of Canada building, whose columns grace the northeast corner of King and Yonge streets as seen here, isn’t merely the tallest structure in Canada, but reportedly in the entire British Empire. 

Read more about this classic scene — and what the same location is like today — in the maiden installment of my new Wednesday Postcards feature, here or via the tab above.

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