VIEW-25396 | Interior of a restaurant, Montreal, QC, 1934

Interior of a restaurant, Montreal, QC, 1934
Wm. Notman & Son
1934, 20th century
Silver salts on film (nitrate) - Gelatin silver process
19 x 24 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , commercial (1771) , Photograph (77678)
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This photograph taken inside a Montreal restaurant in the 1930s draws attention to one object in particular: the cash register. Apparently, the most important cash register manufacturer of the period, the Burroughs Adding Machine Co., based in the United States, commissioned this photograph from the Notman studio. The Burroughs company no doubt planned to use the photo for promotional purposes.

The company owed its beginnings to the inventor of the cash register, William Seward Burroughs (1855-1898). Before 1904, the Burroughs Adding Machine Co. was named American Arithmometer. According to Lovell's Montreal Directory, a street directory from the period, this American company had an office on St. James Street in 1905. The company had been selling its products internationally for years, having first opened in Nottingham, England, in 1895.