VIEW-2444 | McTavish Street, looking south, Montreal, QC, about 1890

 
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McTavish Street, looking south, Montreal, QC, about 1890
Wm. Notman & Son
About 1890, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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A sleigh mounted on high runners coming down the hill on McTavish Street, near McGill University. The coachman, who has just dropped off passengers or is going to pick up passengers, has made sure to bring along a thick animal skin (see detail using "Explore"). This type of sleigh was the preferred mode of winter transportation for the inhabitants of this exclusive neighbourhood and their guests. The poles, wires and electric streetlamps are clues that this was the new age of electricity. For the other social classes, the electric tramway was often the mode of transportation used most in winter.

Source: Urban Life through Two Lenses (Consult the See Also box on this page)