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000000000000085 | corvée-déneigement | Photographie | William Notman
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corvée-déneigement

1887

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anonymousPublished by anonymous on 21/05/2003 01:26:49
This photograph shows a Montreal street (rue Notre-Dame) in winter. The street is full of snow and a crowd of people is busy clearing it. We can see that some people are using shovels and even pickaxes to transfer the snow into sorts of sleds pulled by horses. We can also see that Notre-Dame was also a very busy street since quite a few people are walking along it. The snow is trampled and dirty and piled up to the right.

The snow clearing methods used by Canadians in 1887 were very crude. The inhabitants formed work details and everybody pitched in to clear the streets using picks and shovels. The trampled snow tells us that it took a long time for snow to be moved down the line and that this method was not very effective. The snow was hauled away in sled-like contraptions pulled by horses, who took it to specially designated areas. These poor snow clearing methods had a number of consequences for the population. The city's inhabitants could not go about their business because they had to help out on the snow clearing details and could not get around adequately.

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