Each column looks at Toronto as it was, and contributes to our understanding of how Toronto became what it is. Illustrated with photographs of the city's people and places of the past, Toronto Sketches is a nostalgic journey for the long-time Torontonian, and a voyage of discovery for the newcomer.
Mike Filey had a column in the Toronto Sun for about 30 years and I read it for many years (I like learning about the history of Toronto) ... this book is a compilation of some of his columns.
We learn about Mary Pickford ("America's Sweetheart" was actually born in Toronto), the Parkdale train station (it was moved and eventually destroyed by fire), theatres, baseball and hockey teams, Malton Airport (now the Lester Pearson International Airport), when Niagara Falls froze, etc.
|Malton Airport (now Lester Pearson International Airport) - 1943|
|Lester Pearson International Airport (formerly Malton Airport) - today|
Even though the book was published in 1993, it was still an interesting book because it dealt with many historical events in Toronto.
If you live in Toronto or are from Toronto, you should check it out.