25 Vintage Photographs from Maple Leaf Gardens

Beatles, Leafs, Elvis, and more highlight the venue's rich history

Besides being home to the Leafs, the Gardens saw some memorable concerts, non-hockey events and a lifetime of memories. Here are some photos celebrating the hallowed halls on Carlton and Church

This 1934 photo shows the newly built arena from the Carlton Street side.
MLSG---Carlton

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This picture from 1939 shows men enlisting to fight in the Second World War. Conn Smythe is on the far left, the Leafs owner from 1927 to 1961 and the Gardens’ builder.
Smythe

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The 1950-51 Stanley Cup Champions celebrate their victory over Detroit. Cup-winning goal scorer Bill Barilko (yes, that Bill Barilko) is in the foreground on the left.
Barilko---Champions

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The ice capades were a regular event over the Gardens history, often performing around the Christmas holidays.
Ice-Dancers

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The Gardens’ facade remained a dominating sight in Toronto during the 1950s.
MLSG-Facade

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Elvis reads a petition backstage from fans thanking him for his Toronto performance on April 2, 1957.
Elvis

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Wartime rallies were also held at the Gardens for enlisting as well as supporting Victory Bonds.
War-Time-Rally

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Legendary Leafs goalie Johnny Bower battles the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1959-60 season.
Leafs-vs.-Blackhawks

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The venue’s concessions stand shows Cracker Jacks priced at 10 cents in 1955.
Refreshments

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The Isley Brothers perform at 1960’s “The Biggest Show Of Stars.” A tour poster revealed Cliff Richards and Frankie Avalon on the bill.
Isley-Bros

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Leafs celebrate a goal during the 1942 Stanley Cup Final, a series the team won in seven games over the Detroit Red Wings.
Leafs-vs.-Red-Wings

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The Who’s Pete Townshend leaps rather than giving his signature windmill during a two-night stand in 1980.
Townshed

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The World Wrestling Federation was a Gardens staple. Here Hulkamania is trying to run wild against Kamala the “Ugandan Giant” during a December, 1986 bout.
Wrestle-MLG

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A postcard showcasing the first NHL game at Maple Leaf Gardens on November 12, 1931 against the Chicago Black Hawks. The Leafs won 2-1.
MLG-Postcard

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An official program for the first game in 1931, priced at 15 cents. Huge boxing matches were hosted at the Gardens including Muhammad Ali versus George Chuvalo in 1966.
Maple-Leaf-Programme

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The gold seats were the equivalent of the Air Canada Centre’s platinum seats.
Gold-Seats

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Actor Jose Ferrer backstage prior to a 1955 performance. Maple Leaf Gardens hosted many musicals over the years.
Jose-Ferrer

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The Kinks’ Ray Davies plays in 1977, one of many gigs the band did at the Gardens during the ’70s and ’80s.
The-Kinks

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Church St. facade in 2008.
MLG-East-Side-Facade

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One of final Maple Leafs home games in January, 1999. The first Leafs game at Air Canada Centre was February 20, 1999 against the Habs.
Inside-MLG-last-games

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Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson performs in 1977, a year that saw Queen, Springsteen, Rush, Eagles and Aerosmith play the Gardens.
Jethro

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The longstanding marquee outside of Carlton Street in 2009.
Marquee

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A $5.50 floor ticket for the Beatles afternoon concert on August 17, 1966.
The-Beatles-Ticket

(Photo via Dennis Kane)

 
American radio stars Fibber McGee and Molly perform during a Victory Loans Rally in 1945.
Fibber

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Ice Capades rehearsals back in 1955.
Ice-Capades

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