Exhibits at Toronto’s First Post Office

Temporary Exhibits

Air Mail Takes Off: The Lufthansa South Atlantic Service
Curated by Andrew Selbie, with support from Toronto’s First Post Office
September 12, 2019 – January 11, 2020

Explore the development of the first scheduled trans-oceanic air mail delivery system over the South Atlantic during the 1930s. Discover how this was achieved through the innovative use of flying boats and catapult ships!

Please note: Toronto 1837: A Model City will not be available during Air Mail Takes Off.


Permanent Exhibits

Royal Mail: Postal Service 1830-1840
Your primer on the Royal Mail period in Canada, including the basics of writing a letter, mail delivery, colonial control, and postage and payment.

Virtual Exhibits

James Scott Howard: Postmaster
Part 1: Howard and Toronto’s First Post Office
Part 2: After Howard

Toronto 1837: A Model City
The online version of our scale model of Toronto of 1837. Explore the map to find out more about some of Toronto’s earliest locales.

Out of the Ashes (PDF will open in a new window)
The story of how Toronto’s First Post Office, the Bank of Upper Canada, and the De La Salle Institute were rediscovered and resurrected.

Do you have an exhibit idea? We want to hear it!

Read First: The mission of the Town of York Historical Society is to create original and accessible programming, public events and broad-baed communication geared to all ages and cultures that will generate excitement and pride in Toronto and its place in the history of Canada. Exhibits at Toronto’s First Post Office should reflect this mission.

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Toronto's First Post Office

260 Adelaide Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 1N1

M–F: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sat: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sun: 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Phone: (416) 865-1833
Email: info@tos1stpo.com

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