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Montreal: 1900

Montreal: 1900

Quebec circa 1900. "Jacques Cartier Square, Montreal." One of relatively few Canadian scenes in the archive. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.


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Montreal was HQ of the CPR

Lovely old view of my favourite North American city. The CPR had monumental locomotive repair workshops there in 1900, and also built locos from scratch, thousands of them. Was hauled by a 1912 one out in British Columbia last year.

As for the comment about Montreal being behind the times then, well, it's perhaps worth noting this small excerpt from Wikipedia:

"By 1894, the remaining horsecar lines had all been converted to accommodate the new electrically powered streetcars. The Montreal Street Railway was known as one of the most innovative and progressive in North America. One of its innovations was the introduction of the "Pay As You Enter" (P.A.Y.E.) system of fare collection in 1905."

Everywhere else used conductors to collect fares. The Brits continued until well into the 1980s on those double decker buses!

Love this site.

I was Google'ing old heritage photos of Montreal, and came upon your picture. I have a very similar photo as yours, but not as clear or sharp. It was taken from the same angle. I am guessing mine was taken around 1900. I corrected the photo somewhat.

109 years later

Visual positioning...


Montreal 1900 - 2009

I am living in Montreal

Old Montreal is still in need of renovations. Many of the old buildings that are further left of AA Wilson house are not looking fine at all. A shame because they are in direct view of the boats coming from St-Lawrence river. For that matter, Quebec City is incredibly well redone and so CLEAN.
This picture here is on of the most well known of Old Mtl.

Yes please on Canadian content

So enjoy this site, would love to see some pics of British Columbia in the 1950's or 60's, camping,family life etc. Grew up there and loved it so.

Another Canada Fan

Another request for more Canada photos (especially Montreal) please!

Montreal market in color

Those wishing to try their hand at colorizing this image can download the jumbo 5400-pixel full-resolution jpeg here. Crayons not included.

Mr. Mel...

I'd like to see it colorized, too! But to do it right, to color all the tiniest details (such as the tree branches), it would really have to be an even larger photo than it is, ideally twice as big. It would take a long time to do this one. It would definitely be the biggest challenge I've ever encountered. I normally spend anywhere from a half hour to ninety minutes doing a coloring job. I'm sure this would take many sessions over several days.

Attn: Frederic Falcon

I'd like to see this one colorized.

Six Drapeux

Hasn't changed much since 1900. Montreal today resembles a big French-Canadian theme park.

Les Mis

My first thought upon viewing this photo was that the revolution has started! Man the barricades!

Another great photo featuring old wall signage

The great thing about the Quebecois cities of Montreal and Quebec is how they've so effectively managed to preserve the old neighborhoods along the river. My hometown of Newburgh NY totally removed its old commercial Hudson River waterfront neighborhood as an "urban rnewal" project in the late 1960's and it took them nearly 30 years to replace the ruined landscape with a bland grassy swath and some fancy restaurants.

What a hodgepodge

Carts, horses, merchandise, humanity -- looks like the barricade scene from Les Miserables.

30 Years Behind The US?

Photos on this site that show US big cities from 1900 show trolley tracks, if not autos, but, except for the monument, this shot of Montreal looks like something out of the US High Plains circa 1873. I almost expect to see Wyatt Earp or Marshal Matt Dillon walking down the street.

[You wouldn't have trolleys running through a market. Compare it with the 1908 photo of a Philadelphia market below. Which city looks to be the more "wired"? - Dave]

Place Jacques Cartier

Amazingly the street has changed very little in 100 years. Many of the buildings are still there. It's now part of "Old Montreal," an area that dates to the days of colonisation and has a very Old-European feel. Many of the cobblestone roads are now pedestrian streets.

The monument is "Nelsons Column," in honour of Admiral Horatio Nelson. It was put up in 1808. Tall building on the right is Montreal City Hall, built in 1872. The domed building rear-left is the old Courthouse, built in 1851. It's now part of city hall.

Right behind the camera would be the "Old Port" and the St. Lawrence Seaway. Jacques Cartier Square was the hub of commerce in Montreal and much of Quebec.

Pat (in Montreal).

Cest magnifique, no?

A very nice change of scenery.

WOW - Look at it Now!

Me again;


Please Dave, post some more Canadian stuff. There are many of us out here looking for a little closer "connection" to our roots.

Merci beaucoup! - and I am not even French Canadian

73 Bleury St

My great grandfather Edward Quivron emigrated from Belgium to Montreal late in the 19th century and lived with his wife Antoine and their daughters Madelena and Rosalie (my grandmother) at 73 Bleury St., Montreal according the the April 1901 census. I believe their home may have been near this place.

Mo' Canada

Thanks for posting. We need more Canadian pics on Shorpy! I may have to upload some of my collection to the Member Gallery.

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