Bryce’s New Index Map of Toronto
Delicately detailed map and street index of late 19th century Toronto.
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This two-toned Toronto map was designed as a helpful guide for residents and visitors to the city. Letters A-F and numbers 1-35 are organized in a grid system to aid in identification of streets and places of interest, with instructions on how to find a particular spot also provided. Information about transportation services is available in the lower right.
One such route is the Belt Line, seen on the map in bold red. This would eventually transform into a failed commuter rail line, and is now one of the most popular hiking trails in the city. Just one example of how Toronto has drastically changed since this image was produced.
Publication Date: 1888
Author: William Bryce
Sheet Width (in): 17.75
Sheet Height (in): 22.75
Condition Description: Wear along fold lines, as issued, and minor spotting throughout the image. Severe abrasions to the paper on the left side led to thinning paper, with some see through at several points. Front cover missing. Still very good overall.