I-18328 | Mr. Brook's house, Bleury Street, Montreal, QC, 1865

 
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Mr. Brook's house, Bleury Street, Montreal, QC, 1865
William Notman (1826-1891)
1865, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Wet collodion process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
I-18328
© McCord Museum
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Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , Cityscape (3948) , Photograph (77678) , residential (1255) , streetscape (1737)
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Keys to History

Photography in its infancy was complicated, requiring a great deal of skill to make a successful plate. As all sorts of equipment had to be carried, tourists did not generally take their own pictures until the mid-1880s, when the snapshot camera was invented. If you were visiting Montreal, you would go to a photographer's studio and choose some views from a stock of popular sights, and perhaps have a portrait taken while you were there.

Source : In the Eye of the Camera [Web tour], by Nora Hague, McCord Museum (see Links)