Market day, Jacques Cartier Square, Montreal, QC, about 1890
Wm. Notman & Son
About 1890, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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The tourist guides of the 1890s extolled the picturesqueness of Bonsecours Market and Jacques Cartier Square on market days, when you could rub shoulders with the "Canadian habitant." However, there were fewer tourists in the winter. To take a closer look at the different individuals in the photo, use the "Explore" function at the beginning of the text and click on the square. You will see mostly men - vendors as well as some grocers - buying stock directly from the agricultural producers to resell it elsewhere. Montreal merchants also went to the many wholesalers and importers who had warehouses near this central market.
Source: Urban Life through Two Lenses (Consult the See Also box on this page)