Archives Awareness Week: Tax Season!

ASC07799It may the the tail end of Archives Awareness Week, but it is also the start of tax season!

Here are a number of photographic prints from the Toronto Telegram which were used in feature articles from 1945, 1946, 1965 and 1970 documenting the frantic tax season in the city of Toronto.

 

 

 

 

 

An unidentified H.M.C.S. sailor in uniform filing a tax return while a woman in a flowered hat looks on.

An unidentified H.M.C.S. sailor filing a tax return while his lady friend looks on. Toronto Telegram staff photographer, 14 April 1945, ASC07805.

Here are tax form filers working at the Dominion Government Building on Front Street in Toronto during the lead up to April 30th, 1945 and 1946.

A young woman in a dress opens mailed tax forms and piles them before her on a desk. Three women performing similar tasks are visible in the background.

Image of Pearl Elliot a tax form sorter working at the Dominion Government Building on Front Street in Toronto, Toronto Telegram staff photographer, 28 April 1945. York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, ASC07803.

A woman in a light coloured blouse works at a deask piled high with income tax forms. A woman in a suit jacket is visible in the background.

Tax form sorter Mary Connors and a colleague working at the Dominion Government building on Front Street in Toronto. Toronto Telegram staff photographer, 28 April 1945. York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, ASC07804.

 

Eight men in suits are visible seated on high stools or re-purposed desks while dealing with large line ups of men and women submitting their tax forms in 1946.

Counter at the Dominion Government Building on Front Street in Toronto. Clerks are using old desks to sit on while dealing with customers. 29 April 1946. Toronto Telegram photographer. ASC07801.

Fourwomen sit on benches or stand to file stacks of tax forms into large square slots lining a room.

Tax form filing taking place at the Dominion Government Building on Front Street in Toronto, 28 April 1945. Toronto Telegram photographer. York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, ASC07802.

And a staged photograph of the staff workers on 1 May 1945.

A young woman in a dress is seated on top of a heap of mail bags, posing with a man with a handfull of tax forms.

Marie McIntosh, a tax form sorter and H.N. Cole, the supervisor of income tax mail at the Dominion Government building on Front Street in Toronto. 01 May 1945. Toronto Telegram photographer. York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, ASC07800.

April 30th seemed to be a popular time to hang outside banks and post offices to document local procrastinators. Here are two local Torontonians submitting tax forms just under the wire.

A man in a suit and tie licks a stamp for an envelope he is about to mail. A person is a heavy cable sweater is visible in the background.

Mr. R.J. Gray of 114 Saturn Road licks a stamp to be place on his income tax return envelope, within seconds of the midnight deadline. Photographer: Fred Klus. 1 April 1965. York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, ASC07797.

A man in dress shit, pullover sweater and heavy, dark rimmed glasses places a stack of envelopes in a mail slot out side a bank. A large clock featuring the words"Bank of Montreal" is visible in the background.

A man mails a stack of income tax forms with ten minutes to go before tax deadline at midnight. 30 April 1970. Photographer: Dave Cooper. York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, ASC07796

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