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English 'Dr Who' creates time travel in Toronto

ZeitagTO, a free app available for the iPhone and iPad, aims to pull local history out of climate-controlled government archives and into the hands of those who are curious to see the Toronto that was by showcasing various images based on your location within the city.

Gary Blakeley, a graphic designer who emigrated to Canada from England in 1987 hired a developer, and slowly populated the app with more than 500 images from the City of Toronto Archives, which was supportive of the project. Zeitag TO pinpoints where you are on an interactive city map of Toronto and displays historical photographs nearby and includes more than five hundred photographs of the city dating from the nineteenth century to the 1980s. Each is shown with the date and street. Tap the screen and the text bars disappear to show the image full screen. Tap the Info icon to reveal archival information, geographical coordinates, and any original caption. Some locations have photographs from several eras, allowing you to scroll forward or backward through the decades.

The official press release can be found below, and further details here.

Zeitag%20TO%20Press%20Release%202011.05.25.pdf

 

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