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Studio Arthur Gendreau: Historic Photographs of Ste-Anne-de-la-Pocatiere (1/3) | Kamouraska, Qc

Photograph by courtesy of Brian O’Hara.

A few months ago reader Brian O’Hara left a comment on one of my Ste-Anne-de-la-Pocatiere, Quebecpostcards saying:

I can see my great uncle Arthur’s house on the left side of the street (the one with the dormer windows). This photo was probably taken by him. He ran his business out of this house – “Arthur Gendreau Photography”. Comparing it to some photos that I have, I would say this picture was taken about 1920.
Brian O’Hara

 Our correspondance continued privately and I can’t tell you how delighted I was when Brian offered to let me publish some of his uncle’s photographs. I was delighted because there are many descendants of the Ste-Anne-de-la Pocatiere area living all over North America, and there is a great hunger from those descendants to see what it looked like in “the olden days”.

Photograph of Ste-Anne-de-la-Pocatiere and surrounding area. These hillocks impressed me when I visited the area a few years ago. ( see Riviere Ouelle, Quebec Virtual Field Trip: Pt.2/5).

Photograph by courtesy of Brian O’Hara.

I find it interesting that there were fences everywhere. I haven’t seen this as much in other regions of Quebec. I would love to have lived somewhere along this winding road.  Update:  Dominique Ritchot found a contemporary photograph of this columned building at  La Pocatière – Wikipédia.

And take a look at these cozy little homes – and the horse-drawn carts towards the right hand.

A big thank you once again to Brian O’Hara!

Related Posts:

Colour photographs of modern-day Riviere-Ouelle which lies just down the road from Ste-Anne.

Riviere-Ouelle Virtual Field Trip: Pt.1/5
Riviere Ouelle Virtual Field Trip: Pt.2/5
Riviere-Ouelle Virtual Field Trip: Pt.3/5
Riviere-Ouelle Virtual Field Trip: Pt.4/5
Riviere-Ouelle Virtual Field Trip: Pt.5/5

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February 8, 2010 - Posted by | . |


  1. Hello,

    belles photos. Une précision : Sainte-Anne-de-La Pocatière est dans le comté de Kamouraska.

    source : http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Pocati%C3%A8re

    Si vous regardez la photo à droite de la page Wikipedia, on remarque que le bel édifice à colonnes est toujours là.


    Comment by Dominique Ritchot | February 11, 2010 | Reply

    • Thank you for catching that error, Dominique.
      I am quite aware that Ste-Anne has not moved to the Charlevoix!


      Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | February 11, 2010 | Reply

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