MP-1986.53.6 | Tram No. 529, Notre Dame St., Montreal, QC, 1906

Tram No. 529, Notre Dame St., Montreal, QC, 1906
Anonyme - Anonymous
1906, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Gift of Mr. Edgar Tissot
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cityscape (3948) , Photograph (77678) , rail (370) , Transportation (2517)
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Keys to History

This photograph shows a streetcar travelling along Notre Dame Street with a few passengers on board.

In 1892, only 11% of workers took the tramway every day. By 1901, this percentage had climbed to 41%. Several factors explain this sudden popularity. First, fares did not increase until 1910, which was not the case with the workers' wages, and second, the electrification of the network, completed in 1894, increased the speed and power of the vehicles. These improvements made the tramway more attractive to workers who wanted to live a distance form their place of work.

In fact, the electrification of the tramway contributed to the increasing spread of the urban population and contributed to the concentration of economic activities.

  • What

    Workers had every interest in using the tramway at the end of the 19th century since they could take advantage of reduce fares during peak periods.

  • Where

    The Saint-Laurent, Sainte-Marie and Plateau Mont-Royal neighbourhoods became populated with workers and developed after the extension of the streetcar lines.

  • When

    While the decade 1900-1909 is considered to be the golden age of the tramway in Montreal, this means of transportation started losing ground starting in the following decade in favour of the automobile.

  • Who

    In the early 20th century, the tramway was part of the daily lives of the majority of Montrealers, whatever their social status, their occupation or their age.