For the upcoming Christmas season, I’m featuring this index of historical Christian, pagan and secular images of Canadian winter holidays drawn from 19th and early 20th century Canadian magazines and newspapers.
A wintry, turn-of-the-twentieth-century view of horse-drawn carriages on Montreal’s magnificent Sherbrooke St.
There’s been a lot of snow recently not only where I live near Montreal, but also in my husband’s home town of Milan, Italy, but the reason I decided to publish this postcard today was in response to my friend Lucie LeBlanc Consentino’s latest post
I’ve already discussed how crucial winter is to Quebeckers’ sense of national identity, and some of our public traditions such as the traditional big winter carnivals, and winter sports in general. Well we’re just a few hours into Montreal’s first major snowstorm of the 2009/2010 season so I thought I’d share another tob
I’ve already discussed how crucial winter is to Quebeckers’ sense of national identity, and some of our public traditions such as the traditional big winter carnivals, and winter sports in general. Well we’re just a few hours into Montreal’s first major snowstorm of the 2009/2010 season so I thought I’d share another toboganning postcard. This one depicts a traditional slide in Montreal’s historic Mount Royal Park. When my sisters and I were little and growing up in the working class district of Verdun, it was a real treat to go to the mountain for a day of sliding.
Before we were able to get our traditional family toboggan my father loved inventing little home made sliding machines for us. Once he took apart my mother’s broken down old wringer washing machine and made us what he called a flying saucer from its round metal cover. I need to mention that this was the golden age of science fiction and my father positively devoured space attack stories! It looked great to us but there were little holes in the middle that kept filling up with snow, so the toboggan was definitely a great improvement!
Quebec is snow and ice-bound for many months of the year, so it’s only natural that we have always sought relief from winter’s fierce grip. One modern reaction to winter is to flee to the south (especially Florida) but traditional Quebeckers like to jump right in and enjoy their mid-winter carnivals. The best-known at the moment is the annual Carnaval de Québec. Do you recognize the snowman on the left? That’s the Quebec Carnival mascot – Le Bonhomme Carnival.
However back in the 1880s, it was Montreal’s carnival that was the more famous and for good reason since it had lots of traditional Quebec and Native American winter activities like hockey, lacrosse and tobogganing. However, I think what really put Montreal’s Carnivals on the map were the Ice Palaces that were constructed each year in Montreal’s Dominion Square (now Dorchester Square).
What you see here is a vintage postcard that was mailed in 1904 but which depicts a late 19th century Ice Palace. After looking through historical images at the McCord Museum and Ice
It’s time for the July issue of Postcard Scavenger Hunt and this month Postcardy Lynne asked us to hunt for a postcard on the theme of “Night Lights”. I’ve decided to share this vintage postcard which depicts a quintessential night scene from early twentieth century Montreal.
NE 1861 – DEC. 1903
Headstone: Vallee Alexandre, Leclerc M. Louise | Cimetiere Sainte-Philomene (Mercier, Roussillon, QC)
LE 23 MAI 1957
A L’AGE DE 68 ANS
1890 – 1980
Joseph Quesnel/La Rivaudais | Marie-Josephe Deslandes
April 10th, 1780
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