This photograph shows a snowblower that was used from the 1940s to the 1960s. A plough blade mounted on the front of the vehicle pushed the snow off to the side. At the rear, a large wheel equipped with mechanical blades also threw snow off to the side. Obviously, the truck had to back up in order to make use of the rear wheel.
While this model of snowblower seems very advanced, it was much more common in France than in Québec. It was not very useful in urban areas since, instead of picking up snow, it simply threw it off to the side. It was merely a new find that did not necessarily meet the needs of urban society. The next picture also shows a new invention that also helped in snow clearing without, however, being a significant innovation.
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