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Montreal’s Traditional Theatre District – The Princess/Le Parisien And The System Theatres

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.

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February 5, 2012 Posted by | . | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

History of Montreal Harbour – Cold Storage Plant (1922)

History of Montreal -

Montreal`s Cold Storage Plant was inaugurated in 1922.

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January 11, 2012 Posted by | . | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Grand Union Hotel – Montreal, Quebec

rotunda classic Montreal hotel, turn of the century, vintage postcard


Detail of Lobby

Lovell’s Directory – 1910

Newspaper Cutting (undated)

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January 1, 2012 Posted by | . | , | 5 Comments

Allan Line Wharf In The Early 20th century


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

April 26, 2011 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment

Harmony Lunch at Peel & St.Catherine Streets

Vintage Diner | A Canadian Family

The Harmony Lunch Diner was taken over by  Traymore   at the end of the 1920s.

Index: Vintage Postcards Of The City Of Montreal

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The Tornado Miniature Train On Mt. Royal Lookout | (ca.1970) – Links Restored

Quebec postcards

 

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Index: Vintage Postcards Of The City Of Montreal

Index: Vintage Postcards of Quebec

February 4, 2011 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment

L’Universite de Montreal, An Aerial View – Links Restored

Historical images | Quebec and Canadian postcards

Related Posts:

Universite de Montreal – Tradition and Tragedy

Index: Vintage Postcards Of The City Of Montreal

Index: Vintage Postcards of Quebec

Further Reading:

Université de Montréal – English – Brief History

February 2, 2011 Posted by | . | , | Leave a comment

Dunn’s Delicatessen – Famous Smoked Meat And Strawberry Cheese Cake

vintage deli | Montreal retail history | 1960sDunn’s Famous Delicatessen

Dunn’s Famous Steak House

Cocktail Lounge & Bar

Dunn’s Famous Smoked Meat

Further Reading:

Dunn’s Famous Deli in Montreal – MONTREAL SMOKED MEAT RESTAURANT

Myer Dunn holds the famous cheese cake – The Jewish Tribune

The Montreal  Smoked Meat sandwich – Montreal Gazette (1974)

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Index: Vintage Postcards Of The City Of Montreal

Index: Vintage Postcards of Quebec

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January 30, 2011 Posted by | . | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Index: Vintage Postcards Of The City Of Montreal

Montreal Buildings

Entertainment (including leisure, museums & special attractions)

M.A.A.A. (Montreal Amateur Athletic Association) Club House – Peel Street

New Midgets Palace (Pt.1/3) | Count and Countess Nicol of Montreal

Seville Theatre (pre-1919)

Winter Carnival, The Ice Palace, 1880s

Government buildings (health, education, legal)

Courthouse – Montreal

Hospital – Royal Victoria Hospital

University – Mc Gill

Royal Victoria College (Mc Gill Women’s University)  newly indexed

L’Universite de Montreal – An Aerial View  newly indexed

Hotels and train stations

Ritz-Carlton

Viger Hotel & Train Station

Windsor Station

Restaurants

Astor Restaurant, Bar And Cocktail Lounge

Cordner’s Cafeteria – A Real Good Place To Eat!

Dunn’s Delicatessen | Famous Smoked Meat And Strawberry Cheese Cake

Kon Tiki Restaurant

Traymore Restaurant, Montreal, Ste-Catherine St.

Retailers

T. Eaton Company on Ste-Catherine St.

Pharmacie Montreal – Introduction

Pharmacie – Montreal – Pharmacy (2/3)

Pharmacists At Work – Montreal Pharmacy (3/3)

Other

Chateau de Ramezay

La Presse Building

Montreal Churches

Notre Dame Church with horse-drawn carriages

St-James Cathedral (now known as Mary, Queen of the World)

St.Joseph’s Oratory (Oratoire) – The Crypt, Montreal

St. Joseph’s Oratory (Oratoire) – The Front Gate

St.Joseph’s Oratory (Oratoire) – An Artist’s Rendering

Montreal Parks

Dominion Park Fairground – ca. 1907

Dominion Park, Montreal (1907) View of Roller Coaster

Fletcher’s Field (now Parc Jeanne Mance) | Military Review (1914?)

Mount Royal Park Lookout (Observatoire de Mont-Royal)

Mount Royal Park – Tobogganing

Vive Le Vent! – Tobogganing (prob. Mount Royal Park)

Mount Royal Park, 1910 | Pastoral Scene With Children

Mount Royal Park Lookout (Observatoire de Mont-Royal)

The Tornado Miniature Train On Mt. Royal Lookout | (ca.1970)

The Mount Royal Cross – Night View, Montreal

Montreal’s Mount Royal Elevator | Postmarked 1913


Montreal Squares and Places

Dominion Square | Montreal In The Time Of Tramways

Victoria Square, Montreal | Early 20th century (?) scene with horse-drawn carriages

Place Viger At The Turn Of The 20th Century | Montreal Tramways

Place Viger Hotel and Canadian Pacific Railway Station

Montreal Streets

Montreal Ice Shove on Commissioner St.

Scenes of St-Catherine Street (1/10) Montreal, Quebec

Scenes of St-Catherine Street (2/10) Montreal, Quebec

Scenes of St-Catherine Street (3/10) Montreal, Quebec

Scenes of St-Catherine Street (4/10) Montreal, Quebec

Neon Signs / Modern Times on Montreal’s St-Catherine Street

Harry Houdini, St-Catherine St. & The Prince Theatre

Montreal Trams on St-Catherine St. facing  “The Main”

St-Jacques/St.James Street | Montreal In The Time Of Tramways

Montreal’s Skyline

The British Red Ensign Flys Over Montreal

Montreal on the water

Montreal from St. Helen’s Island  – View of Shipping

Bridges To Montreal Island (1): Honore Mercier Bridge, Quebec

Bridges To Montreal Island (2): Jacques Cartier Bridge

Bridges To Montreal Island (3): Victoria Jubilee Bridge, Montreal, Quebec

Bridges To Montreal Island (4): Victoria Jubilee Bridge, 1905

Bridges To Montreal Island (5): The Irish And The Queen Victoria Bridge

C.P.R. Railroad bridge – Lachine to Kahnawake

Montreal Harbour | Montreal’s Floating Dry Dock, Duke of Connaught

Montreal Harbour | Grain Elevator (Steamer discharging)

Montreal Harbour | Grain Elevator, Montreal Harbor

Montreal Harbour | Montreal’s Ocean Harbour

Montreal from St. Helen’s Island  – View of Shipping

Happy 5oth Birthday – St-Lawrence Seaway!

Allan Line Wharf In The Early 20th century  New

Index: Vintage Postcards of Quebec

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Sherbrooke Street in Winter

A wintry, turn-of-the-twentieth-century view of  horse-drawn carriages on Montreal’s magnificent Sherbrooke St.

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December 20, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , | 3 Comments

Montreal Winter Carnival, The Ice Palace, 1880s

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).

Montreal Winter Carnival | Castle made from block of ice | Vintage Winter Sports

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

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Dominion Square | Montreal In The Time Of Tramways – Links Restored

Historic views of Montreal’s trams in the early 20th century (10/12)

Montreal’s Dominion Square  (now known as Dorchester Square)

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Montreal In The Time Of Tramways | Introduction

Windsor Station – Traditional Transportation Making A Comeback?

Vintage Postcards of Quebec

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