MP-1992.3.1.1-2 | Ice cream vendor, Victoria Square, Montreal, about 1873

Ice cream vendor, Victoria Square, Montreal, about 1873
Alexander Henderson
About 1873, 19th century
Silver salts on paper mounted on card - Albumen process
8.5 x 17.8 cm
Purchase from Mr. Edward McCann
© McCord Museum
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Montreal photographer Alexander Henderson (1831-1913) set up his tripod and camera across from the sidewalk along Victoria Square to capture this typical scene. Here we see an ice cream vendor serving young customers, and another street vendor next to him, hiding from the sun. Behind them is the new monument to Queen Victoria, a statue created by English sculptor Marshall Wood. It was unveiled on November 21, 1872 by Governor General Lord Dufferin (1826-1902). In the background, to the left of the statue, rises the tower of Montreal's first YMCA, opened in 1873. The scaffolding on the tower shows that it was still under construction when these photographs were taken. To the right of the statue, the steeple of St. Andrew's Church can be seen.