Reverse of Postcard
Addressed to: Mrs. Oscar S. Zimmerman, 1540 Lincoln Str, Berkeley, Calif.
Montreal, Friday 16th, 1926 Dearest Marg???, Leaving Montreal in great snow storm. Snowed all night feel great and not a bit cold. It’s fine and aim to leave at 8:45 a.m. due in N.Y. at 9:15 p.m. so long ride in sotrm (at least at the start. Had good time write later in day. (D.V.)…. from your hubby
Awhile back I shared this vintage postcard of the section of Ste-Catherine Street where Montreal’s famous theatres the Orpheum and the Princess were located. Earlier today Hugh Brodie was kind enough to share this information-
The “Princess” shown on the postcard was never torn down. It was renamed “Le Parisien” in the early 1960′s (I saw “Goldfinger” there), and was “multiplexed” in the late 1970′s. It closed for movies about 5 years ago, and has been used for various purposes since. It is now a temporary Moore’s (men’s clothing store). This Google Streetview (probably about 2 years old ) shows the view http://g.co/maps/m5a8k
You can still barely make out the words “Le Parisien” on the building. The buildings on either side of it still exist – although the one further away looks like a couple of floors were added to it. Note the arch of the former “System” theatre on the left of the postcard. The building is still there – with the arch.
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Memories of the System Theatre (Evelyn)
The System Theatre was a great hangout for college students in the early seventies.
The Universite de Montreal began as a regional branch of Quebec City’s Catholic Universite Laval, but came to encompass the Ecole Polytechnique (engineering) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (Business). Nowadays it’s a secular institution. This postcard depicts the Art-Deco main building which was designed in the early twentieth century by famed architect Ernest Cormier.
Sadly, in 1989 the Ecole Polytechnique was the site of the Montreal Massacre in which 14 female engineering students were shot to death by a deranged gunman.
Of Possible Interest:
Montreal`s Cold Storage Plant was inaugurated in 1922.
I presume this hospital was named – like several others of the time – after Canada’s Queen Alexandra. She was the Danish princess who married Queen Victoria’s son Edward and eventually became his Queen Consort. The Alexandra specialized in infectious diseases – especially tuberculosis . On a personal note, tuberculosis and polio were always my mother’s greatest fears and I remember that when I was a little girl (in the mid-50s) she would never let me go to the public pools for a swim. that was quite a burden in Montreal’s hot, steamy summers!
Interesting comment from below
“. . . I am writing a paper on the Alexandra Hospital and can fill in a few blanks for you. When the hospital first opened it was dedicated to children (although it also treated adults) mainly measles, scarlet fever and diphtheria (croup). But it would also take various other diseases, including polio and chickenpox. They only opened a tuberculosis unit in 1948 but it closed in the 1960s (which is also when the hospital stopped taking contagious disease cases).
Finally, the “Alexandra Hospital today” is social housing not condos! The only buildings recycled from the original hospital buildings were the nurses residences and administration building.
Anyway that is just a brief note but if you want any more info let me know! Comment by Kiley | December 9, 2015 | Edit | Reply”
Other Historic Quebec Hospitals
In this article from 1930, a reporter shares Sir Hugh Allan’s impressions of the Port of Montreal in the early 18th century.
It was in 1826 that sir Hugh Allan landed in Montreal as a boy from the brig Favorite, from Scotland. The Hercules, he said in his lecture, was the only steam tug on the St.Lawrence at the time, and it was not strong enough to pull the Favorite up the St.Mary’s current, the work being done with the help of oxen and men. The vessel had to anchor in the stream, for fear of stranding on the beach, and the unloading was done onto a platform extending out over the water.
The few wharves were wooden and wood was the material used until thirty or so years ago. Sir Hugh Allan saw the port develop until in 1880 the Allan Line alone had 23 steamships of 60,000 tons burden, and 12 sailing ships. Continue reading