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Night on Catherine: 1954

Night on Catherine: 1954

"Montreal July 1954. Night on Catherine and Peel Streets." From Set 3 of found 35mm Kodachrome slides. View full size. I don't know about you, but I'm heading right over to the Indian Room to meet Jack Delano for cocktails.

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Streetcar Ghosts

There are also at least two streetcar ghosts in the picture as well: the more visible one is eastbound and you can see its illuminated dash lights a third of the way from the Indian Room to the Players signs. The windows of the westbound one are clearly shown above the Players Please sign. The unmistakable notice that every Montreal streetcar carried announcing a $40 fine for spitting appears at the upper left corner of the United Cigar Stores clock.

Strictly speaking this is the corner of St. Catherine and Windsor since till about 1962. Peel only applied from Pine to Burnside (de Maisonneuve).

All that neon...

...would be thrown away by government decree in the 1970's thanks to Quebec's French-only laws.

Sainte-Catherine and Peel

There is a webcam run by Tourism Montreal at that location:

Unfortunately it doesn't look as "swinging" as it once did.

And a 1953 Ford

The ghost of one anyhow, zooming by...

Sainte Catherine

Sainte Catherine is the main drag in Montreal, now a one-way street running through the heart of downtown Montreal from upper class boutiques on the west side to lower class red light districts in the east end. It was the scene of the famous "Rocket Richard" hockey riots of 1957, and more recently the Stanley Cup riot of 1993.

Public Works

Garbage bucket style "C", eh? Much better than those style "A" or "B" ones, I presume.

Garrett Dash Nelson

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