VIEW-3364 | Gare Windsor, Canadien Pacifique, rue Peel, Montréal, QC, vers 1905

 
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Gare Windsor, Canadien Pacifique, rue Peel, Montréal, QC, vers 1905
Wm. Notman & Son
About 1905, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
VIEW-3364
© McCord Museum
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The railway was in the 19th century what computers are in the 21th century. It transformed relations with time and space. It left its mark on the collective imagination and mobilized private and public capital.

In 1900, the Canadian Pacific was the main Canadian railway company and one of the most powerful businesses in the country. It was in Montreal, the rail metropolis of Canada, that the company had its most imposing station built, which would also be its head office. Recognized as an architectural jewel, Windsor Station was the point of departure for the South and the West. Every day, thousands of travellers passed through the main concourse of the station: families of immigrants from the Ukraine or from Liverpool, Finnish or Italian workers, citizens heading back to their home towns, tourists drawn by the splendour of the Rockies.

The Canadian Pacific knew how to adapt its service to all clienteles and all budgets. The train may have reduced the distances between places, but it did not abolish social gaps.

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