If you made your way through Kensington Market in the 1950s, you’d still find a small neighbourhood full of local businesses — but you’d also see a lot less street art.

Over the decades, the market has evolved into a quirky space full of murals and local buskers. Back in the day, it was a place where locals could get their goods for the week ahead.

As BuzzBuzzNews has done with Bathurst Street and CityPlace, we’ve lined up archival photos of Kensington Market from the City of Toronto and Toronto Public Library with present-day pics from BuzzBuzzNews’ James Bombales. Check out the then-and-now sliders below.

181 Baldwin Street, 1919

181 Baldwin Street, 1919

Augusta Avenue and Nassau Street, 1964

Spadina Avenue, North-west corner of Nassau Street, 1910s

Kensington Avenue and St. Andrew, 1977

Baldwin Street, 1978

Bellevue Avenue, South-west corner of College Street, 1952

Spadina Avenue, North-west corner of Baldwin Street, 1954

Bellevue Avenue, South-east corner of College Street, 1908

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