II-93008 | Interior first class C.P.R. car, QC, about 1890

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Interior first class C.P.R. car, QC, about 1890
Wm. Notman & Son
1890, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Photograph (77678) , rail (370) , Transportation (2517)
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Keys to History

At first glance, this first-class car may not look much different from a colonist car. But if you look closely, you will see that it has carpeting on the floor and, more important, comfortable padded seats instead of hard wooden ones. There were no rough bunks that let down from the ceiling-first-class passengers retired at night to comfortable sleeping cars with beds. There was also a luxury sleeping car called the "Honolulu," which had leather furniture and even a bathtub. Here is a later (1890) example of a CPR sleeping car.

Source : Forging the National Dream [Web tour], by William R. Morrison, University of Northern British Columbia (see Links)

  • What

    This is a first-class CPR passenger car.

  • Where

    The shot was taken in Quebec.

  • When

    In 1890 it would have been about five years old.

  • Who

    First-class passengers paid extra for the plush seats and the chance to avoid rubbing shoulders with emigrants and other third-class travellers.