Series S00674 - Toronto Telegram personality prints

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Toronto Telegram personality prints

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  • Graphic material

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  • 1911-1971, predominant 1954-1971 (Creation)
    Toronto Telegram

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ca. 100 m of photographs : b&w ; 16 x 16 cm or smaller

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The 'Toronto telegram' (originally the 'Evening telegram,') was launched in 1876 by John Ross Robertson. The 'Tely' strongly supported the British connection in Canada, appealing to British and Imperial sentiments even after Canadian nationalism became fashionable. The newspaper was locked in a circulation war with its afternoon rival, the 'Toronto star', for much of the twentieth century. The battle involved giveaway contests, scoops, and even hiding personalities (like swimmer Marilyn Bell) from the competition to ensure exclusive stories. Following Robertson's death, the paper was continued by a trust he had established. In 1948 the newspaper was sold to George McCullagh, owner of the Toronto Globe & mail, who invited John Bassett to act as publisher. In 1952 Bassett bought the newspaper and attempted to best the Star with new features in his newspaper, the introduction of colour photography (which meant the demise of the famous 'pink' newsprint on which the "Tely" had been printed), and other modernizations (including a news office building). Falling circulation and lack of advertising led Bassett to close the newspaper in 1971.

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Series consists of a series of photographic prints, news clippings and printed illustrations of individuals whose likeness was published in the Toronto Telegram. This could include birth, death, marriage, graduation announcements, as well as individuals documented by the newspaper at local events, celebrations, and political, social and organizational activities. Individuals can be ordinary citizens, celebrities, politicians, criminals, socialites, scientists, military personnel, nurses and medical staff, social workers, members of fraternal organizations, clergy and religious, social activists, protesters and others.

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Physical condition

Photographs are in good to very poor condition, due to age, storage conditions and proximity to acidic paper.
News clippings are in good to poor condition.

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Series is listed alphabetically by last name.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

York University holds the copyright on any photographic print or negative taken by a Toronto Telegram staff photographer taken on or after 1962.
Any photographic print or negative taken by a Toronto Telegram staff photographer prior to 1962 is now in the public domain.
For any photographic print or negative taken by an independent photographer or wire service, the copyright remains with the company, individual photographer or estate, as stipulated by Canada's Copyright Act.

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Series is not yet fully listed. A draft listing is available upon request in the Reading Room.
Archives staff can retrieve materials based on last name.

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2015-06-15 Anna St.Onge based on print finding aid.

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  • English


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