I stumbled across the above Ellis Wiley photo when I was reading this post about cycling in 1970’s Toronto on The Torontoist blog (I can’t wait for it to be warmer out, so I can start riding my bike around again!). A quick google search later, I was browsing a whole library of his photos on the Toronto History Flickr page. Despite how much I miss Montreal, I’ve grown to love this city – and Wiley’s photos somehow make me love it even more.
All sources say he was a Toronto born accountant, who took up photography as a hobby and wound up taking some great photos of some of this city’s most iconic buildings as they were being constructed. He used Kodachrome and Ektachrome film, the latter of which has a tendency to fade quickly. Luckily, the Toronto City Archives scanned and digitized his collection, so that I could make a silly little blogpost about him today!
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