MP-0000.158.16 | Little Champlain Street, Quebec City, QC, about 1923

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Photograph, glass lantern slide
Little Champlain Street, Quebec City, QC, about 1923
Anonyme - Anonymous
About 1923, 20th century
Silver salts and transparent ink on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
8 x 10 cm
Gift of Mr. Stanley G. Triggs
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  child (1308) , Cityscape (3948) , informal (1120) , Photograph (77678) , streetscape (1737)
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"Quebec -- Lower Town: Quebec has the most distinctive atmosphere of any city in America. To this, its Lower Town contributes very notably. Quaint narrow streets, with high old buildings on either side, are a source of interest to the visitor, who can trace in them reminiscences of the historic past. This is a view of Little Champlain Street in the Lower Town. (Population of Quebec, 125,000)"

Excerpt from "ACROSS CANADA BY C. P. R.", Section 2--The Province of Quebec; booklet, McGill University Illustrated Lectures, 1928.

Keys to History

The best place of all to play is the street, isn't it? Well, not according to the ladies belonging to the Parks and Playgrounds Associations, who were determined to get kids off the streets and into playgrounds. The streets were considered dangerous not only because of the increasing traffic but also because of the strangers who came into contact with the unsupervised children. Providing children with special places to play was one way of giving children a proper education, the elite believed. The idea was that children could be protected, and moulded, more easily if they were kept apart from the adult world.

  • What

    Little Champlain Street, narrow and lined on both sides with adjoining brick houses, was a favourite playground for children.

  • Where

    Quebec City's Lower Town has long been a favourite of photographers. Its narrow streets and old houses make it very different from other communities in North America.

  • When

    This photograph, taken in 1923, is particularly striking for its reminder of what city life was like in the 19th century.

  • Who

    Throughout the ages, children have always loved playing in the street.