Yesterday, the archives participated in a Twitter event hosted by @AskArchivists. Using Valentine’s Day as a lens in which to interpret our holdings, archives across the globe tweeted about their holdings.
For our primary post for Valentine’s Day, see our feature on love songs from the 1910s here.
Below is a summary of the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections’ tweets over the day. In some cases, I’ve added additional contextual information and links.
Kisses for Elvis.
This tweet was followed up with a number of images of fans who attended Elvis Presley’s concerts in Buffalo, NY and Toronto, Ontario in 1957.For more images see here.
A kiss for luck: at the Woodbine Racetrack
Employees Woodbine Racetrack have a special place in their heart for their equine charges.
Mrs. Robert Marshal wishes her horse good luck at the 1960 Queen’s Plate at the Woodbine Racetrack.
There’s a Bukowski poem lurking somewhere in this image of a woman at the racetrack in 1960.
And a perennial favourite: going to the racetrack to get hitched!
More images from the Woodbine Racetrack available here.
Arrivals and departures: love at the train station and the airport
Union Station and the Malton Airport (now Pearson International Airport) were regular haunts for Toronto Telegram photographers taking pictures of post-war immigrants to Canada. Here are a selection of photographs of various arrivals and departures from the Toronto Telegram Photograph collection. More photographs can be found in YorkSpace here. Telegram staff divided such photographs into ethnic groups to facilitate retrieval and reuse.
Scottish miners reunite with their loved ones in 1951.
Greek family reunites in 1955.
This original caption says it all “Big Italian Family Arrives At Malton” in 1964.
New immigrants at Union Station in 1956.
Dutch Immigrants in 1954.
Summer of love at the Mariposa Folk Festival
Summer festivals are also a great source for photographs of happy couples and free spirits.
For more images of the Mariposa Folk Festival see here.
Along the same vein, psychedelic sweeties at a fashion shoot from 1970.
Letters home to loved ones
For the #loveheritage event, we also featured letters written to and by Canadian servicemen serving overseas during WWII.
Here is the last letter written by Mrs. Fannie Lennox to her son John Watt Lennox serving overseas in the RCAF in 1943.
More correspondence from the Lennox family can be found here.
Here is the end of a letter written by Ted Aplin to his son David in 1943.
More correspondence between the Aplin family can be found here.
Lost and found: Sassy reunited with her loving family, 1964.
The Toronto Telegram ran the odd lost pet advertisement during its long run as one of Toronto’s leading newspapers. This is a series of photographs taken by staff photographer Pete Geddes in 1964 of a collie Sassy who was returned to a grateful and loving family.
Moar kisses plese
For more photographs of cats from the Toronto Telegram, see here.
Aplin family fonds F0151. Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, York University Libraries. Finding aid available at: http://archivesfa.library.yorku.ca/fonds/ON00370-f0000151.htm. Digitized content available at: http://archives.library.yorku.ca/exhibits/show/lettershome/aplin.
Lennox family fonds, F0549. Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, York University Libraries. Finding aid available at: http://archivesfa.library.yorku.ca/fonds/ON00370-f0000549.htm. Digitized content available at: http://archives.library.yorku.ca/exhibits/show/lettershome/lennox.
Mariposa Folk Foundation fonds, F0511. Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, York University Libraries. Digitized content available at: http://pi.library.yorku.ca/dspace/browse?value=Mariposa+Folk+Foundation%2C+F0511&type=relation
Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433. Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, York University Libraries. Finding aid available at: http://archivesfa.library.yorku.ca/fonds/ON00370-f0000433.htm. Digitized images available at: http://pi.library.yorku.ca/dspace/browse?value=Toronto+Telegram+fonds%2C+F0433&type=relation