Category Archives: Montreal History

This 19th-century parent’s ninja skills are fantastic

A photo of “Baby Kerr” taken in 1861 by William Notman studios in Montreal. Source: [McCord Museum I-1860.1]

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I’ve Been Dressing For Winter All Wrong

I’ve been approaching this North American freezing weather the wrong way!  Layers from now on, I’ve decided. The caption from the photo states:  “Mrs. Stotesbury, Montreal, QC, 1867” Source: [McCord Museum I-24446.1]

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Mt. Royal Used to Have an Elevator? No Fair!

The funiculaire up Mt. Royal Park in Montreal, Quebec, c. 1900. Source: [Notman Archives]

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I Guess Not Everyone Is a Fan of History

This made me chuckle yesterday when I was walking through Old Montreal. This is a historical plaque commemorating the location of the first YMCA built in North America. And that’s a street lamp that was placed right in front of … Continue reading

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A Photo For the Montreal Snowstorm

Since it’s the first day of spring and Montreal is digging out from yesterday’s snowstorm, this photo seemed apt.  The caption reads: “A. W. Speir and wife in sleigh, Phillip’s Square, 1907” I think I’d be able to handle the … Continue reading

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Montreal, 1916: Can you guess the street corner?

From shorpy.com, a blog with HD photos from the Library of Congress website – Montreal’s Ste-Catherine street in 1916. Can you guess which corner this is today?  🙂

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A Rembrandt Painting, Stolen Twice, Is Found Again

Police in Serbia tracked down a stolen Rembrandt painting on Monday and arrested 4 people. The painting – a portrait of the Dutch painter’s father – was stolen in 2006 along with others from a museum in Novi Sad, Serbia. … Continue reading

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