VIEW-2425 | The Bounce, Montreal Snowshoe Club, QC, composite, 1886

The Bounce, Montreal Snowshoe Club, QC, composite, 1886
Wm. Notman & Son
1886, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
25 x 20 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Art (2774) , painted photograph (212) , Photograph (77678)
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The "bounce" was the name given to an unusual rite practised by snowshoe clubs. Guests of honour, new members or winners of snowshoe races were "bounced." This composite photograph depicts members of the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association. High in the air is Lord Stanley de Preston, governor general of Canada and donor, in 1893, of the famous hockey trophy that still bears his name.

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The Bounce was the name given to a favorite custom of snow-shoe clubs. It was a gesture of recognition or respect accorded to an honoured guest, a new member of the club, or the winner of a race.