II-169921.1 | Band, L'Assomption College, L'Assomption?, QC, 1908

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Band, L'Assomption College, L'Assomption?, QC, 1908
Wm. Notman & Son
1908, 20th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper
8 x 5 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  informal (1120) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
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Amusement parks provide leisure activities for the whole family

As new leisure activities and facilities were developed, more and more people from all social backgrounds began taking part. Of course, people had found ways to relax and have fun before there were such facilities, but now they could choose from a wider variety of things to do. No longer were these new facilities available only to the elite as it was the case before, but to the entire population. Whereas in working-class families leisure outside the home had been largely a men-only affair - going to coffee houses, for example - now all family members could take part. After the end of the 19th century, family members who had worked long hours to ensure the family's survival could look forward to a bit of relaxation and recreation.

  • What

    This local band made up of men and boys is but one example of the many new activities taking place in public parks.

  • Where

    The frontier between the country and the city, parks integrate elements of the natural world in the urban environment.

  • When

    Parks were busiest on Sundays, the only day of the week many workers had off.

  • Who

    All kinds of people - men, women, children, clerks, factory workers, students, governesses and travelling salesmen rubbed shoulders in parks, just like they would on busy city streets.