Welcome the Hamilton Public Library to The Commons!

James Street North at York, ca 1886.
Zellers Department Store
Ice huts and boathouses on the Hamilton Harbour
Lister Block Fire, February 23, 1923

Join us in welcoming the Local History and Archives Department of the Hamilton Public Library to The Commons. The department has been collecting and preserving a wide range of materials relating to the historical development of the City of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and the Hamilton-Wentworth region since 1914. A selection of these images is now available for a global audience here on Flickr.

The continuously growing collection includes scrapbooks and clipping files, archives, books, periodicals and pamphlets on a wide range of local history topics from sports events, places of worship and people, to heritage buildings, landmarks, and much more. There are also over 3 million photographs depicting the history of Hamilton and the surrounding areas from as far back as the mid-1800s.

We hope you enjoy the photos, and invite you to explore the historical collection to contribute your knowledge through comments and tags.

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Kay Kremerskothen

Kay is a Community Manager for Flickr and passionate about extraordinary photography. As an editor on Flickr Blog he loves to showcase the beauty and diversity of Flickr in his posts. When he's not blogging or making Flickr more awesome (in front of and behind the scenes), you can find him taking pictures with his beloved Nikon and iPhone, listening to Hans Zimmer's music or playing board games. | On Flickr you can find him at https://flic.kr/quicksilver