MP-19220.127.116.11 | St. Lawrence Main and St. Catherine Street, Montreal, about 1905
St. Lawrence Main and St. Catherine Street, Montreal, about 1905
Anonyme - Anonymous
About 1905, 20th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on paper - Gelatin silver process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Mr. John N. Mappin
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History
In the early years of the 20th century, the pace of the rural exodus increased, with large numbers of French and English Canadians moving from the country to the city. Montreal was a magnet for people who wanted to improve their lot and start a new life. This migration was a consequence of the metropolis' remarkable economic growth.
This photograph is a good illustration of the hustle and bustle that characterized Montreal. The sidewalks are crowded with people, carters are hauling a variety of merchandise, a streetcar can be seen approaching and the skyline is filled with poles and electrical wires.
The intersection of Ste. Catherine Street and St. Lawrence (St. Laurent) Boulevard was one of Montreal's busiest. Fogarty's shoe store can be seen on the corner.
The Fogarty Company was a well-established Montreal shoe retailer active since the 1870s. It moved to this location around 1889.
In the early 1900s, most of the people living in this neighbourhood were immigrants. It was the heart of Montreal's Jewish quarter.