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Richard Glaze, Photographer


Text by James Bow and Alexander Best

In November 2019, former Metro Toronto councillor Howard Levine reached out regarding a friend of his named Richard Glaze. Mr. Glaze was a long-time rail and transit fan who unfortunately had to downsize as he left his apartment for the retirement home. With no children to pass on his collection of slides and photographs, Transit Toronto was offered a chance to preserve the collection, which we humbly took.

Richard’s friend Alexander Best offered us the following biography summarizing Richard’s life and his work: “Richard Frederick Glaze was born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1932, and before the age of 10 was already a keen observer of all things railway related. A Pennsylvania Railroad branch line crossed the Dayton-Xenia interurban rail line close to his family’s house on Watervliet Avenue. In his 20s Richard began working for General Motors in Warren, Michigan, and moved up to Canada in 1968 where he was employed as an engineer at GM in Oshawa. Handy with a lens, he documented both old and new vehicles, whether TTC or VIA Rail, in his adopted home of Toronto.”

If anything, Mr. Best’s summary underplays the extent of Richard Glaze’s collection, which as of February 2020, we are only just starting to sort though, scan and categorize. We’ve already been blessed with numerous images of TTC operations in the early 1970s, with fine large scale colour and black & white negatives. Sifting through this treasure is a dream. In addition to the photographs that are appearing on other pages, a selection of his work is being placed here for posterity.

Thanks again to Mr. Glaze and to his friends for arranging this tremendous gift to Transit Toronto and rail and transit fans everywhere.

Richard Glaze Image Archive

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