From Flickr: “Mechanics’ Institute, Church St., n.e. cor. Adelaide St. E.; Interior, reference library.” by Toronto Public Library Special Collections

April 13, 2015 Uncategorized

Staff and members of the Toronto Mechanics’ Institute, at Church and Adelaide (Evening Telegram, September 8, 1908). In the 1800s, working men paid an annual subscription to a Mechanics’ Institute to read books, mainly on technical subjects. This one eventually became the Toronto Public Library. We pin it in honour of Ontario Public Library week.

Creator: Unknown
Date: 1909
Identifier: X 71-3
Format: Ephemera
Rights: Public domain
Courtesy: Toronto Public Library.
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