Go Back In Time: CNE Photos, 1874 - 1957

Posted by Jen McNeely, August 19, 2016
CNE Dufferin Street Gate, 1932

From now until September 5th, if you step outside The Drake Hotel and walk west two blocks to Dufferin Street, and then head south towards Lake Ontario, you'll stumble into one of Toronto's most beloved and longstanding end-of-summer annual traditions: The Ex.

Whether or not you like rides like the Mega Drop or Ring of Fire, a wander through the Canadian National Exhibit is colourful, magical, and very much part of our history.

Before getting dazzled by flickering neon lights while you enjoy a spool of cotton candy, take a trip back in time to see where it all began, starting in 1874, when the Crystal Palace was first built.


CNE's Crystal Palace circa 1874

Crystal Palace, 1874

CNE Midway, circa 1904

Midway, 1904

Looking east at foot of Dufferin Street, 1910

Looking east at foot of Dufferin Street, 1910

Columbia Records Exhibit at CNE, 191?

Columbia Records Exhibit at CNE, 191?

CNE Livestock Building, circa 1914

Livestock Building, 1914

CNE Transportation Building, circa 1923

Transportation Building, 1923

CNE Automotive Building, circa 1930

Automotive Building, 1930

CNE Dufferin Street Gate, circa 1932

Dufferin Street Gate, 1932

CNE Coliseum, circa 1952

CNE Coliseum, 1952

TTC Exhibition Loop, circa 1957

TTC Exhibition Loop, 1957

Photographs courtesy of Toronto Public Library. For more about the CNE's rich history, go here.

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