The Book

Sudbury book
This book, SUDBURY -A Retrospective View, comprises of a series of images that show the evolution of our City over the years. I felt compelled to produce this sequel,after my original book SUDBURY, developed in 1994, completely sold out and I couldn’t find any publication that has been reproduced to replace it. In the past 20 years, I have learned of and located many “new” images, many of which have not been seen in many years. When speaking with friends and colleagues of the need for a second book, I realized that many had no knowledge of where these older buildings had been located since they had been demolished. The section titled CHANGE I believe is a novel way to present photographs of yore and compare them to sites of today. Perhaps the largest change in our City was the 1968 Urban Renewal-Borgia Project. The scope and nature of this endeavour involved 59 acres in the downtown core that was demolished and rebuilt. With this,the historical nature and character of Sudbury was forever changed. I hope you enjoy this anthology …


The Book: SUDBURY – A Retrospective View


Over the years, I have witnessed the growth and development of my City – Sudbury – from a fledgling isolated settlement to its current day grandeur. Many of the recollections I have as a youngster growing up and through my adult life, as a teacher, principal and politician are captured in this book and bring back fond memories. Viewed today, this City, as revealed in this book, has undergone a metamorphosis that at times is astounding.


In our vast collection of memories, we often try to remember what building was located where or how a certain street looked back in the 1930s and 1940s. This is the appeal of SUDBURY- A Retrospective View. Everyone will be able to connect with the past, observe the present and hopefully envision the future!


Ray Thoms and I have been friends for many years. Our friendship began in our early careers as teachers working in Sudbury with young learners. This experience enriched our lives. The spectrum of research found in the various collections Ray worked with will astound you and present our City from its humble beginnings as a small mining town to its current 21st Century look. From the Donovan to the Azilda-Chelmsford area, and the West End to New Sudbury, many have wondered about the changes from then to now. The CHANGE section is fascinating and will perhaps raise many more questions in our minds.


SUDBURY- A Retrospective View … is a sequel to Ray’s popular coffee table book SUDBURY published in 1994. This book was extremely well received and many still attest to the fact that it was the quintessential pictorial historical rendition of Sudbury’s evolution. I am certain this sequel will captivate you as it did me!


I am honored to present to you SUDBURY- A Retrospective View by Ray Thoms who in my estimation has produced a book that will be treasured by many, young and old. Relive Sudbury through the changes as depicted in the photos. Try and picture yourself in the “old” days and find yourself in “today”.

Rick Bartolucci

June, 2013


This Post Has 21 Comments

  1. Ivo Lacle says:

    Nice website Ray! Congratulations..

  2. Gord M says:

    Wow Ray, this is quite an accomplishment, first class job all the way my friend!!

  3. Liz O'Neill says:

    Well done, Ray. The website is charming and I look forward to adding another Sudbury story to my library. Wishing you all the best.

  4. Sue R. says:

    Beautiful book well worth having.

  5. BZaoral says:

    Well done Ray. I posted the link to your website on the Facebook Page Sudbury, Ontario – Yesterday and Today in the hope that you get some traffic your way.


  6. Dave in Calgary says:

    Great work Ray, something else to add to your long list of accomplishments.
    Of all the places I’ve lived, Sudbury holds the best memories. I’ll be watching the mailbox for my copy.

  7. Nancy says:

    Congradulations, Ray
    I missed out on your first book so i’m sure not missing out on this one!

  8. Congratulations Ray. Your Anthology depicting various Sudbury time-periods is very well done.

    It not only harmonizes very well with your first book of 20 years ago, but it surpasses it.

    I will treasure my complimentary copy.

  9. Ray Thoms says:

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments….much appreciated!

  10. Eva says:

    Hello, I have the 1st one, and I am looking forward to acquire the 2nd one. My son asked me to get him one as well, he is a Sudburite in Edmonton. Congratulation!

  11. meandro2010 says:

    The Sudbury book arrived today. I must say that the collection of pictures are great. There are images that i have not seen since i was a kid. I still am keenly interested in Sudbury and its past. I have quite a few items from old Sudbury. This book will greatly add to my collection. Thank you sir for keeping the city’s history alive with this book!

  12. margaret benoit warrack says:

    Wonderful book thank your Mr Thoms for taking the time to make this beautiful book of Sudbury love it ..Margaret Benoit Warrack

  13. Benoit M. Ethier says:

    WOW,I have gone through this lovely book many, many, times and it brought me back in time,remembering when I did sell the Sudbury Star on the corner of Elm,and Durham, Streets,and then slip into Kresgies for hamburger that was out of this world along with a root beer soda 15 cents.We would walk from the Donovan with our hockey equipment and take the street car to copper Cliff Stadium to practice at 7 am in the morning.Yes I spent most of my adult life in Sudbury and loved every moment living there.Please keep me on your mailing list,I cant wait for your next book to come out.

  14. Tammy Lachance says:

    Small world since I seen you at Fieldings park on Jan 8th 2016 what a beautiful day (2 above). I see you there as we both said a friendly hello after I was taking pictures of the beautiful scenery. I think Carole Rodrigue was with you. She’s on my Facebook. I’ve always been interested in taking pictures ever since I was a child. I was told that you did it as a hobby in the past and now look at you!! John Miszczak is a very well respected man and he showed me your book on how he knows you and your passion with photography. I suppose he was planting a seed for me. Seeds are meant to be planted although I need to water it and give it sunshine!! lol Outstanding work Raye. It certainly shows you have a gift in this field!!

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