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
Keywords:  classroom (1) , female (135) , figure (1849) , group (644) , interior (40) , Occupation (1110) , Photograph (77678) , pupil (1) , school (3) , teacher (5) , work (389) , work (126)
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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)

  • What

    Photograph of a classroom where young girls are working under the watchful eye of their teacher.

  • Where

    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.

  • When

    This photograph was apparently taken at the turn of the 20th century.

  • Who

    This photograph is a perfect illustration of the rather strict and formal education given to young girls at the beginning of the 20th century.