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12 DAYS OF SPACING: For the Historian

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The Spacing Store is just over a year old now and we’re heading in to our second Holiday season. We’ve picked out some of our favourite items to highlight over the next twelve days to help you plan your shopping.

Vintage York County Atlas map prints (pictured above)
$40, In-Store

The Historical Atlas of York County Ontario was illustrated by Miles & Co. in 1878. It is a beautifully composed collection of town maps, portraits of locals and business directory for the time. These atlases were pre-sold by subscription only and typically purchased by affluent families or individuals. These 15″x19″ maps come in coloured or sepia-toned and are available for Toronto, Yorkville, Scarboro, and Etobicoke.

Toronto Sewer Cover coasters
$20, In-Store and Online

This 2-coaster set depicts two different designs of 19th century Toronto sewer covers, laser-etched onto birch plywood.

The Ward
$25.95, In-Store

The Ward finally tells the diverse stories of this extraordinary and resilient neighbourhood through archival photos and contributions from a wide array of voices, including historians, politicians, architects, story­­tellers, journalists and descendants of Ward residents. Their perspectives on playgrounds, tuberculosis, sex workers, newsies and even bathing bring The Ward to life and, in the process, raise important questions about how contemporary cities handle immigration, poverty and the geography of difference.

Historical Atlas of Toronto
$34.95, In-Store

In just two centuries, Toronto has grown from a far-flung outpost of the British Empire to a world-class city, the largest in Canada. This book is the first to illustrate Toronto’s history through contemporary maps, drawn at the time to record, promote or illustrate major events. Collected together for the first time, these beautiful, revelatory documents add up to a fascinating visual history of the city’s development. The book covers all of today’s Greater Toronto Area, from Mississauga in the west to Oshawa in the east.

BONUS: Vintage Goad’s Atlas wrapping paper
$10, In-Store and Online

We’re getting into the holiday spirit this year with the launch of our WRAPPING PAPER. The 22″x34″ sheet collects multiple maps/plates from the 1890 Goad’s “Atlas of the City of Toronto”. 3 sheets per pack.