MP-1979.131 | Goose Village children, Montreal, QC, about 1910
Goose Village children, Montreal, QC, about 1910
About 1910, 20th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on card - Gelatin silver process
12.7 x 17.8 cm
Gift of Mr. John Stanley Kennedy
© McCord Museum
Keywords: mixed (2246) , Photograph (77678) , portrait (53878)
Keys to History
Once 80% to 90% of the budget had been allocated to food and lodging, what was left for the other necessities: clothing and furniture? Very often, not much. This is where women's inventiveness came in. Some products had to be purchased: boots and shoes, a few sticks of furniture, pots and pans and dishes. But there were always pawnshops, second-hand dealers and hand-me-downs. People could make it, make do or do without.
Source : A Consuming Passion [Web tour], by Joanne Burgess, Université du Québec à Montréal (see Links)
This truly exceptional photograph is a picture of three working-class children in a Montreal photographer's studio in the early 20th century.
Goose Village was part of the working-class area of Pointe St. Charles in Montreal. It was near the Victoria Bridge and the Grand Trunk Railway shops.
Although the photo was taken in a studio, it still looks spontaneous. The children are wearing their everyday clothes; they have had no time to comb their hair or even wash their hands and faces.
There are two girls and a boy. The two younger ones are nervously holding on to their older sister. They are probably Irish, like most of the people in their neighbourhood.