VIEW-8305 | A quiet nook, Victoria Park, Truro, NS, probably 1915

A quiet nook, Victoria Park, Truro, NS, probably 1915
Wm. Notman & Son
Probably 1915, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
12 x 10 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Cityscape (3948) , Figure (1339) , Figure (1339) , Landscape (2230) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

Choosing the right husband was a central theme in popular novels of the 19th century. In her novel Belinda Dalton, or Scenes in the Life of a Halifax Belle, Mary Eliza Herbert (1829-1872) used an intimate late-night conversation between Belinda and her sisters as the setting for a discussion of men and marriage. Belinda's sister, Alice, said she would marry a foppish old bachelor because he was rich. The idea shocked the virtuous Belinda, who insisted she would find a man who shared her love of nature and art as well as her devotion to charity.

Janet Guildford, "Creating the Ideal Man: Middle-Class Women's Constructions of Masculinity in Nova Scotia, 1840-1880," Acadiensis Vol. XXIV, No. 2 (Spring/Printemps 1995): 5-23.

  • What

    The young woman in this photograph is reading a book. The odds are very good that it was a romance novel, a very popular literary form in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

  • Where

    The young woman is sitting on a bench in Victoria Park, a large park close to the train station in Truro, Nova Scotia.

  • When

    This photograph was taken in 1915 at a time where romance novels were a very popular literary form.

  • Who

    The name of the young woman in this photograph is not known, but the emphasis on education for women by the early 20th century ensured that most Maritime women were literate.