Mike Filey's collection of pictures of Toronto from the earliest days of photography had gained a reputation as one of the most interesting visual archives of the city's history. This classic look at old Toronto portrays scenes of public life from 1860 to 1950, illustrating how dramatically the urban fabric and environment have changed. There are photographs of the beaches and the islands, of mud streets and gas lamps, of steam engines and trolley cars, amusement parks and the everchanging waterfront. Especially striking are the early photographs of downtown and the aftermaths of the fire of 1904. Out of print for over 20 years, A Toronto Album has sold over 50,000 copies in various editions. It will appeal to Torontonians young and old -- and to anyone interested in the evolution of one of the world's fastest growing cities.
Mike Filey, popular Toronto historian, is a member of the Ontario Heritage Foundation and past member of the Toronto Historical Board. In addition to "The Way We Were," Mike's regular column in the Toronto Sunday Sun, he is the author of many books on Toronto, including The TTC Story, Discover and Explore Toronto's Waterfront, I Remember Sunnyside, and the Toronto Sketches series.