Author Archives: Brooke Ali

Toronto Time Warp

I love living in Toronto: I love the history that’s all around us; I love the juxtaposition of century old buildings next to new condos. And it seems local photographer Harry Enchin shares this appreciation. In his series, “Toronto Transformed“, he seamlessly melds vintage photographs of Victorian Toronto from the City of Toronto archives with photographs he has taken on the same spot and with the same angle. The results are beautiful, creating a striking connection between our past and our present. My favourites are the ones that show the direct relationship between the two eras, like “Dundas & Ossington 1923/2011” which depicts a modern TTC streetcar approaching the 1920s workers building the streetcar line.

The exhibit is on display at Akasha Art Projects until October 26. I, for one, am going to try to make it out to see it.

Welcome to the Vintage Lives Genealogy Blog!

Hello and welcome to the Vintage Lives Genealogy blog.

I strongly believe that genealogy is about more than census records and birth certificates; it’s about social history and understanding ourselves and our world through the lens of whom and what has come before us. This blog will be my chance to talk to you about genealogy, history, and all the little things that made up life then and make up life now.