VIEW-6421 | McGill University campus, Montreal, QC, about 1918

 
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McGill University campus, Montreal, QC, about 1918
Wm. Notman & Son
Probably 1918, 20th century
Silver salts on film (nitrate ?) - Gelatin silver process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
VIEW-6421
© McCord Museum
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Here is the McGill University campus in 1918, with the Redpath Museum in the background and the various science and engineering buildings on the right. In spite of the growing student population and the construction or enlargement of many buildings, the campus remained an oasis of green space close to the new, rapidly-changing downtown. For decades, these lawns have been a place to stroll and relax for the students, as well as providing a playing field for the athletes of the institution. Sporting activities were, in fact, very popular, and McGill had many teams, which were enthusiastically supported by the Anglophone community.

At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, sports, and especially team sports, were primarily an activity reserved for the wealthy elite, who had the leisure time and money for equipment. It was only slowly that sport was democratized. It was also very slowly that physical activity in general, and team sports in particular, would be recognized as activities that young women could participate in... without causing a scandal.

Source: Virtual Exhibition Urban Life through Two Lenses