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Montreal Hunter: 1954

Montreal Hunter: 1954

Typical Montreal scene in the 1950's except for the deer. Those houses with their staircases represent well that neighbourhood called "La Petite Patrie." Houses were built in the 1920's. The little fellow on the bicycle is my uncle. I guess the Mercury Meteor is from 1950. View full size.

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Outdoor staircases

What a pleasure to come across a Shorpy photo of the city you live in. Those outdoor staircases, so typical of many Montreal neighborhoods, may seem absurd or impractical at first glance, especially considering the harsh winter climate, but they exist as a means to save space in rowhouses while providing a setback from the public sidewalk and, at the same time, to economize on indoor heating costs. I live in an older neighbourhood (1880s) where the replacement of these staircases is closely monitored to preserve the heritage look. A recent poll found them to be the symbol most readily associated with the city. As for the guy in the street with the rifle, I don't see that very much at all.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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