II-192255.0 | Swimming at Tressider's Park, 1907
Swimming at Tressider's Park, 1907
Anonyme - Anonymous
1912, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
12 x 17 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
The campaigns for the building of public playgrounds were linked to those aimed at improving living conditions and public sanitation. Another element of the whole movement was the campaign for the construction of public baths. At the end of the 19th century, of course, most working-class homes did not have basic amenities: indoor toilets and hot, running water for laundry and baths. In summer, people bathed wherever they could find water to dip into. But the rivers and lakes on which many cities were located were often polluted, and bathing in them was one cause in the spread of disease. Despite health warnings and bans by municipal authorities, bathing in restricted waters and lakes persisted until the turn of the century, when cities began constructing public bathing
The earliest public pools in Montreal were temporary structures built of wood.
The first public pools were built in working-class neighbourhoods, where public health was often at greater risk because of poor living conditions.
Such swimming pools were open only during the summer, that is, from May to September.
It is not known whether boys and girls were allowed to swim together in these pools. In this photograph, both boys and girls seem to be enjoying the pool.