Vintage Postcard: Montreal Ice Shove, Commissioner St.
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.
The term “ice shove” refers to a natural phenomena that used to occur along the St-Lawrence River each year during the great Spring thaw. The St-Lawrence is a mighty river – and Canadian rivers accumulate a lot of snow and ice over the winter – so as the ice melt would begin, the fierce river
currents would drive massive ice boulders up onto the shore. The image above depicts one recurring – and particularly well-known ice shove which would form near Montreal’s Bonsecours Market. You can see a painting of the Ice Shove in the same area by artist James Duncan at the Collector’s Passion site.