M977X.56 | Dominion Great Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition
Dominion Great Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition
Anonyme - Anonymous
1884, 19th century
219 x 106 cm
© McCord Museum
Keywords: Miscellaneous (671) , Poster (21)
Keys to History
A tradition of great agricultural and industrial exhibitions began in Quebec in 1851, inspired by the Great Exhibition held that year in London.
In Montreal, exhibitions were held several times in a huge building, the Crystal Palace. First located on Ste. Catherine Street, the palace was moved in 1879 to the block bounded by Bleury and St. Urbain streets, Mont Royal Avenue and what is now called St. Joseph Boulevard.
Visitors could see a large number of exhibitors in a wide range of fields, grouped by categories inside and outside the palace: horticulture, fine arts, livestock and farm implements, and more. Prizes, medals and honourable mentions were awarded to the most deserving exhibitors, as was done at the great European exhibitions.
Montreal's Crystal Palace was a scaled-down, somewhat modified replica of the Crystal Palace built for the 1851 Great Exhibition in London.
After the Crystal Palace burned down in 1896, Quebec agricultural and industrial exhibitions were held in Trois Rivières, Sherbrooke and St. Hyacinthe.
In Montreal, the great agricultural and industrial exhibitions ran for a week each September.
Visitors to these great exhibitions could also enjoy recreational activities, such as hot-air balloon trips, fireworks, horse races and rides.