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Photographs and Postcards

Lucas County Auditor's Images

The Lucas County Auditor created photographs of properties in the county from the 1930s to the 1960s which have been digitized by the Toledo Lucas County Public Library, and are an excellent source of historical images of particular properties that include addresses as well as GPS coordinates where available.

Buildings Photograph Collection

Migrated from the Images in Time database in 2020 and 2021, this collection contains numerous digitized photographs of buildings predominately of Toledo. Dwellings, factories, commercial buildings, and more are included.

Ted Ligibel Photograph Collection

Ted Ligibel photographed hundreds of buildings in the Toledo area, including capturing demolition and construction photographs of structures. These mostly date between the 1970s and 1990s.

Ken Levin Postcard Collection

An avid collector of postcards relating to the Toledo area, Ken Levin amassed a collection of over 3,000 historical postcards. The bulk of these images depict Toledo from the 1900s to the 1930s and feature many buildings, a number of which have been lost to demolition or fire.

National Register of Historic Places Photograph Collection

This photograph collection contains images of building in Toledo that went on to become part of the National Register of Historic Places. These images span the 1940s to the 1970s.

Community Photo Album - Buildings

The Library collects photographs generously shared by the community to create a Community Photo Album which are then organized by category. The Buildings category provides many views of area structures.

Toledo Area Chamber of Commerce Photograph Collection

This photograph collection contains images on a relatively wide variety of topics, but images of a number of significant Toledo landmarks and institutions can be found in the collection, as well as a number of aerial photographs of the area.

Howard MacKenzie Photograph Collection

This photograph collection contains street photography done by Howard MacKenzie, an amateur photographer in Toledo. This collection spans the 1960s to the 1980s, with the bulk of the collection in the 1970s.

Charles R. Mensing Photograph Collection

This photograph collection predominately contains images of Toledo buildings photographed by Toledo resident, Charles R. Mensing. These images were captured largely from the 1900s to the 1930s.

Riverview Renewal Project Collection

Photographs from a report written by the J. F. Rupert & Company, a real property counselling firm from Toledo, Ohio. The report was commissioned by the city of Toledo to provide a preliminary appraisal of the fair market value of 21 parcels of real estate located in the Riverview Urban Renewal Project area, which comprises three blocks near the center of Downtown Toledo. The report, "Preliminary Appraisal of Parcels of Real Estate in the 'Riverview' Urban Renewal Project", was submitted in June of 1964.

John Vanderlip Photograph Collection

A small collection of photographs depicting architectural details of buildings and street photography around Toledo. These images were captured from the 1960s to the 1980s but the bulk of the collection is from the 1980s.

Houses of Worship Photograph Collection

A collection of photographs taken primarily by a single unidentified photographer of houses of worship in the Toledo area. Most of these photographs were taken in the 1970s.