II-292807.0.2 | Interior of classroom, copied for Mrs. W. H. Maxon, 1929
Interior of classroom, copied for Mrs. W. H. Maxon, 1929
Anonyme - Anonymous
1929, 20th century
Silver salts on paper - Gelatin silver process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
In Quebec and Ontario, there were thousands of schoolteachers. They had not all been trained in normal schools, to say the least! The vast majority were awarded a licence by a board of examiners. Those holding a diploma from a normal school were considered the elite of their profession. They mostly taught in big-city schools where the salaries were better, and there were opportunities for advancement. A teacher could dream of becoming a school director. It is important to note that in 1870, the annual salary for a teacher in a country school was about $80! However, the teachers of the Catholic School Board of Montreal (CSBM) earned an average of $600 per year, and a school director earned about $1 000. And female teachers at the CSBM? Oops! No schools were built for girls. Schoolmistresses had to teach in their homes for under $200 per year!
Source : Big Cities, New Horizons [Web tour], by Robert Gagnon, Université du Québec à Montréal (see Links)
Photograph of a classroom where young girls are working under the watchful eye of their teacher.
The location is unknown, but the fact that the class is made up of only girls indicates that it was probably a city such as Montreal where co-education was not tolerated.
This photograph was apparently taken at the turn of the 20th century.
This photograph is a perfect illustration of the rather strict and formal education given to young girls at the beginning of the 20th century.