‘VICE & VIRTUE’, BOOZE, BROADS & SUNDAY LAWS – A STELLAR EXHIBIT @ TORONTO’S REFERENCE LIBRARY

vice2From the Baldwin Collection of Canadiana comes a new exhibit that looks at moral reform in a TORONTO facing rapid growth and industrialization at the turn-of-the-century. ‘Vice & Virtue’ explores changing attitudes and regulation of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gambling, homosexuality, delinquency and prostitution in the late 19th and early 20th century.

vice3ABOVE – a collection of scandal newspapers published in TORONTO, 1950’s and 60’s. Life could be ruined if you appeared in one of these.

vice7vice5ABOVE – ‘Of TORONTO the Good: A Social Study’ by C.S. Clark, 1898’. Clark includes vivid descriptions and addresses of popular brothels. He makes an argument for the legalization of prostitution in the city.

vice8ABOVE – police raid an ‘erotic’ art show in 1965

vice10vice9ABOVE – pamphlet written by social reformer J. J. KELSO, founder of the TORONTO Humane Society & Children’s Aid Society in 1891. “Most of the juvenile offenders come from the ranks of the street hawkers, the vast majority of whom have nothing before them but a vagabond life.”

The Library’s exhibition has now ended, but it gave us considerable insight into “TORONTO the (not so) Good”.

TORONTO Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street

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One thought on “‘VICE & VIRTUE’, BOOZE, BROADS & SUNDAY LAWS – A STELLAR EXHIBIT @ TORONTO’S REFERENCE LIBRARY

  1. Sin city to be sure. Great pictures

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