VIEW-8803 | Plumbers repairing hot water radiator, 1909

Plumbers repairing hot water radiator, 1909
Wm. Notman & Son
1909, 20th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
25 x 20 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
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Keys to History

Specialized labourers were required for the installation of important infrastructures such as aqueducts and sewer systems. Plumbers were increasingly called upon to install the drains and pipes connecting houses and other buildings to the new urban facilities. In the early 1890s, the Montreal City Council adopted regulations concerning plumbers, drains and building ventilation. In this way, the plumber's trade increasingly became a genuine profession. Who could be more important than plumbers in an era when each home needed to have toilets and a bathtub installed? Plumbers were responsible for installing these new devices, which would soon be considered indispensable. Just think. Could we imagine living without these commodities today?

Source : Big Cities, New Horizons [Web tour], by Robert Gagnon, Université du Québec à Montréal (see Links)

  • What

    This photograph was produced by the Notman and Sons studio. It shows two plumbers installing or repairing heating pipes, a popular heating device since the large aqueduct of Montreal was built in the middle of the 19th century.

  • Where

    This photograph was probably taken in Montreal where, since the middle of the century, the aqueduct had supplied water to all homes, which were then equipped with toilets, a bathtub and a hot water heating system.

  • When

    This photograph was taken in 1909.

  • Who

    Two men exercising a rapidly expanding trade in large cities of the day: plumber.