I-14014.1 | A. McGibbon's grocery, St. James Street, Montreal, QC, 1864

 
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A. McGibbon's grocery, St. James Street, Montreal, QC, 1864
William Notman (1826-1891)
1864, 19th century
Silver salts on paper - Albumen process
8 x 5 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
I-14014.1
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Alexander McGibbon's grocery store, seen here in 1864, offered wealthy customers a variety of food products, often rare and imported, such as wines and liquors, coffee and tea, meats and smoked fish. In Montreal, this grocery store was the first to use big, "plate-glass" windows to better display its products. Located on Notre Dame Street, the store moved to St. James Street in 1864 and remained open there until the 1880s. Other merchants would then occupy this food distribution niche.