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Customers travelling on the TTC may notice special photo exhibits being installed in select stations over the next week. The displays, which are being installed in 12 TTC stations, commemorate the transit agency's 100th anniversary.

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On Sept. 1, 2021, the TTC will celebrate 100 years of moving Toronto. The photo exhibits are the first in a series of events being planned to mark this historic milestone, and are being done in partnership with the City of Toronto Archives.

"This year, we are marking a very exciting milestone in our city with the 100th anniversary of the TTC. For over 100 years the TTC has connected people to all corners of the city and has played a critical role in our growth and success. This new photo exhibit is a great way for residents to experience the history of our transit system and how it has expanded and changed during the past century. While we continue to build up and expand our transit system, this exhibit is an opportunity for us to reflect on the past and our pride in the TTC," said Mayor John Tory.

"These photo exhibits are the first in a series of events leading up to a very important anniversary - 100 years of the TTC. I would encourage Torontonians to take time to peruse the photo displays as they travel through our TTC stations and explore the virtual exhibit on the Toronto Archives website. The TTC has played an important role in our City's history, and these photo exhibits trace the remarkable evolution of Toronto's transit system over the past century," said TTC Chair Jaye Robinson.

Titled The TTC - 100 Years of Moving Toronto, the displays are a comprehensive collection of newly digitized photography showcasing the TTC's journey over the past 100 years. The exhibit will officially launch on July 2, 2021, and will include the in-station displays, as well as a virtual exhibit on the Archives website.

"100 years of keeping Toronto moving is a massive milestone, and I'm very excited about our upcoming anniversary," said TTC CEO Rick Leary. "These exhibits allow us to share the TTC's history and innovations over the past century with our customers. The virtual component allows customers to view the photos without having to be physically present at a TTC station."

Each display will highlight a different era in the TTC's history. The stations and exhibits are:

  • Don Mills Station: Sheppard Subway Construction
  • Kennedy Station: Scarborough Rapid Transit
  • Main Street Station: Streetcar Advertising Cards
  • Bay Station: Station Concepts by Artist Sigmund Serafin
  • Kipling Station: Women Guides on the TTC
  • Finch Station: Moved by Electricity
  • Queen Station: Streetcar Track Construction in the 1920s
  • Union Station: Harbourfront and Spadina Light Rail Transit
  • Dupont Station: Yonge Subway Construction by Artist John DeRinzy
  • Spadina Station: Transit System Maps
  • St Clair West Station: Transit Expansion Means Development
  • Vaughan Metropolitan Centre Station: Buses and Streetcars in the 1920s

The stations were chosen as they are high-traffic stations, and serve different areas in the city. All stations selected are accessible. The in-station displays will remain in place until July 2022. More information on the exhibit can be found at ttc.ca/ttc100.

Once it is considered safe to do so, the Archives will also be opening its TTC - 100 Years of Moving Toronto in-person exhibit at 255 Spadina Rd. That exhibit will be open until August 2022.

The TTC will be holding a series of events leading up to its anniversary in September, and throughout 2022. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, events will initially be virtual, or ones that people can participate in while using transit. More information about the events and activities related to this celebration will be shared on ttc.ca and toronto.ca/archives closer to September 2021.

https://www.ttc.ca/News/2021/June/25_06_21NR_photo_exhibit.jsp

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TTC celebrating 100 years of moving Toronto

On September 1, 2021, the TTC will be celebrating its 100th anniversary. To honour this historic milestone, we’ve partnered with the City of Toronto Archives to promote our anniversary and celebrate 100 years of moving Toronto. This is the first in a line of activities that will take place over the coming year to celebrate this milestone achievement.

Travel back in time and see the evolution of the TTC by visiting 12 unique photography exhibits, titled TTC: 100 Years of Moving Toronto, at the following subway stations:

 

Station Exhibit Location
Don Mills Station Sheppard Subway Construction Concourse level
Kennedy Station Scarborough Rapid Transit Concourse level
Main Street Station Streetcar Advertising Cards Concourse level
Bay Station Station Concepts by Artist Sigmund Serafin Cumberland Terrace hallway outside fare line
Kipling Station Women Guides on the TTC Concourse level between West Passenger Pick-up Drop Off and collector booth
Finch Station Moved by Electricity Concourse level, transfer between TTC bus terminal and subway
Queen Station Streetcar Trackage Construction in the 1920’s Passageway connection between Northbound and Southbound platforms
Union Station Harbourfront and Spadina Light Rail Transit Streetcar entrance
Dupont Station Yonge Subway Construction by Artist John DeRinzy Subway platforms
Spadina Station Transit System Maps Concourse connection between Line 1 and Line 2
St Clair West Station Transit Expansion Means Development Concourse level
Vaughan Metropolitan Station Buses and Streetcars in the 1920’s Concourse level

 

The exhibits will be available for viewing until July 2022.

On July 2, 2021, the City of Toronto Archives will be celebrating TTC’s rich history virtually through its TTC: 100 Years of Moving Toronto photography exhibit on the City of Toronto Archives website.

The exhibit will showcase a wealth of newly digitized images of female employees at the TTC during the Second World War, accessible vehicles since the 1940s, and construction shots of Line 1 and Line 4. Also highlighted are 21st century innovations such as low-floor streetcars, electric buses and green roofs at TTC facilities. It’s a larger glimpse into TTC’s history that expands on the exhibits in the select subway stations.

Visit this page regularly to see more ways the TTC will be celebrating over the coming months.

https://ttc.ca/About_the_TTC/History/TTC_100.jsp

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The Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation sent out this e-blast to members yesterday, though nothing is on their site yet:

TTC Centenary Book

In other news, we’ve been involved in an exciting project, working with the Toronto Transit Commission on their 100th Anniversary book due to released in September, which coincides with TTC’s start date. The CTHF will be offering this book for sale. We believe it will be of significant interest to our members - watch for forthcoming announcements!

The Canadian Transit Heritage Foundation is the only national organization supporting and celebrating Canada’s transit heritage and is a registered non-profit charitable corporation. News from the CTHF and our Heritage Partners as well as CTHF Membership information may be found at transitheritage.ca

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Wow, that is massive news! Very few books have documented anything that has happened at the TTC since 1971. I'm very much looking forward to this.

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I've looked at the Toronto Archives online exhibit off and on and I have a question for the photography minded people:  Is it just me or is the tonal scale on many of the black and white pictures not very good?

It generally seems to fall into two broad categories so I've picked representative examples:

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This one of the Bay St. streetcar tunnel has very little dynamic range, very short, almost razor thin tonal scale.

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Details crushed into black.

I haven't really seen too much in the way of clipped highlights.  It's been mainly loss of detail in dark areas or squashed dynamic range where everything's packed into the midtones.  I almost wonder if we're looking at images that were scanned in batches with the same settings to get something to build an index with, instead of images that were scanned and adjusted individually as one would do for production use because the markers on the histograms should've been setting off alarm bells about what was being shown on screen with many of these.  I'm just wondering what happened with these.

 

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Uh…

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“By 2017, Line 1 had grown by 8.6 km, it’s first expansion since 2002.”

They’re thinking of the Sheppard line, pardon me Line 4, which opened in 2002.

The previous time the Yonge-University-Spadina line, pardon me Line 1, was expanded was in 1996 when Downsview station, pardon me Sheppard West station, was opened.

Come on, guys…

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1 hour ago, Wayside Observer said:

Uh…

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“By 2017, Line 1 had grown by 8.6 km, it’s first expansion since 2002.”

They’re thinking of the Sheppard line, pardon me Line 4, which opened in 2002.

The previous time the Yonge-University-Spadina line, pardon me Line 1, was expanded was in 1996 when Downsview station, pardon me Sheppard West station, was opened.

Come on, guys…

Wait until you see the archived photo paired with the CLRV caption lol

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6 hours ago, Wayside Observer said:

Uh…

ADB31FC0-D984-4DE4-A40F-2A92D6B44A32.thumb.jpeg.4ff07df5d597fd774acd882faf4a7066.jpeg

“By 2017, Line 1 had grown by 8.6 km, it’s first expansion since 2002.”

They’re thinking of the Sheppard line, pardon me Line 4, which opened in 2002.

The previous time the Yonge-University-Spadina line, pardon me Line 1, was expanded was in 1996 when Downsview station, pardon me Sheppard West station, was opened.

Come on, guys…

 

4 hours ago, MCIBUS said:

Mark

Can you send me the link for the book? I did receive that e-mail from CTHF for some reason?

Same with the pride bus one mentioning the Orion VII for absolutely no reason.

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34 minutes ago, AnalogPentium said:

 

Same with the pride bus one mentioning the Orion VII for absolutely no reason.

I was talking about it with a friend of mine who works for the TTC earlier today and he mentioned the pride bus talking about an Orion 7 and showing a high floor flyer and another poster that talks about CLRVs but shows people getting on an ALRV.  I saw the pride bus one out a train window but haven’t seen the one confusing the CLRV and ALRV.

It gave me the impression that the posters were done a bit slap dash but he said it was one thing among many, some serious, some not, that he’s encountered due to lack of institutional memory at the TTC.  

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On 9/23/2021 at 11:55 PM, Wayside Observer said:

I was talking about it with a friend of mine who works for the TTC earlier today and he mentioned the pride bus talking about an Orion 7 and showing a high floor flyer and another poster that talks about CLRVs but shows people getting on an ALRV.  I saw the pride bus one out a train window but haven’t seen the one confusing the CLRV and ALRV.

It gave me the impression that the posters were done a bit slap dash but he said it was one thing among many, some serious, some not, that he’s encountered due to lack of institutional memory at the TTC.  

 

On 9/24/2021 at 12:54 AM, Ultimate said:

Its a picture of 4237 captioned mentioning its a Canadian Light Rail Vehicle. 

Funny enough, those posters have been corrected for the versions being sold on the TTC Shop (save for the 2010s one).

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