VIEW-3514 | Interior of store, Laurentide Pulp Mills, Grand'Mère, QC, about 1900

Interior of store, Laurentide Pulp Mills, Grand'Mère, QC, about 1900
Wm. Notman & Son
About 1900, 19th century or 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , commercial (1771) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

Even outside the big cities, workers and their families could obtain a variety of manufactured goods. Village general stores and retailers in larger towns were supplied by city wholesalers. In the mining and logging areas, which were booming at the dawn of the 20th century, company stores often controlled the local economy. Even they were aware of changing business practices. The decor might be rather plain, but a variety of merchandise was carefully selected and displayed, and customers were made comfortable.

  • What

    This photograph shows the inside of the Laurentide Pulp Mills store in Grand-Mère around 1900. Company stores were often found in small Canadian towns whose economy was based entirely on the processing of natural resources.

  • Where

    Grand-Mère had a population of about 2,500 in 1900. It was a booming company town that depended on its chief employer, Laurentide.

  • When

    Founded in 1887, Laurentide Pulp Mills was a pioneer in the Canadian pulp and paper industry. In 1900 it had the largest Canadian mill of its kind.

  • Who

    Laurentide controlled the local economy-through its mill, its logging, its construction and its business activities. The company belonged to a small number of businessmen, including Montrealers William Van Horne and R. B. Angus.