‘St Hubert Street, one of Canada’s largest shopping centers.’ [sic]
The card was mailed in 1970 by a woman in Saint-Adolphe de Dudswell to Télé 7 (a contest entry?) and their show ‘Interdit aux Hommes’. It is unclear how the show enforced its self-titled premise.
Opening in 1951, this would have been the first location of the great Quebec chain Les Rôtisseries St-Hubert. In the 1960s, their trademark yellow VW Beetle delivery cars were a common sight in Montreal.
Railroad Timetable, Delaware and Hudson, circa 1930
The Montreal Limited (‘limited’ refers to limited station stops - an ‘express train’) was scheduled overnight in both directions between Montreal and New York. Air-conditioned Pullman sleeping cars were the only passenger equipment used on this train.
from: Canadian Rail; November 1975; Canadian Railroad Historical Assn.
‘The crowd has gathered at Champ de Mars* to welcome home a volunteer militia force that took part in the campaign against the Irish nationalist Fenians. The old Palais de Justice beside the parade ground was built between 1849-56. The dome was added between 1890-4. The view is looking west along the north side of the courthouse. In the back of Champ de Mars the spire of St Gabriel Street Presbyterian Church can be seen. Dating from 1792, it was the first Protestant church built in the city.’
from: Montreal Then and Now; Bryan Demchinsky; 1985; The Gazette.
* French: ‘Field of Mars’ - Mars in a Gustav Holst way.
Between 1866 and 1871, raids of ‘US Army trained foreign terrorists’ … (to use all the hot button speech of today) invaded British North America (‘Canada’). It was their hope that Canada could be used as a bargaining chip in conjunction with efforts to obtain independence for Ireland from the British Crown.
These relatively small, poorly equipped elements of the Fenian Brotherhood - many were Civil War veterans - attacked Campobello Island, New Brunswick; Ridgeway, near Fort Erie, Ontario; and at several locations south of Montreal … among other locations. Their military weakness was matched or surpassed by the Canadian militia which met them. Eventually, American authorities ‘won the war’ for Canada and reined in the Fenians … after perhaps a little pause … to underline their resentment that Britain had supported The Confederacy during the US Civil War.
Canada’s ‘only’ political assassination (a key promoter of Confederation, Thomas D’Arcy McGee, 1868) was attributed to the Fenian movement and a Fenian sympathizer was found ‘guilty’ and hanged for the crime. NB: my careful use of quotation marks here, fellow students of history!
‘This is the old-time market of Montreal. On Tuesdays and Fridays the scene is one of bright activity - the farmers from miles around have driven into Montreal with produce of every kind - vegetables - fruits - tobacco, etc. In the Bonsecours Market Building which is nearby, on the same days, the country women folk are on hand with homespuns, and quilts, needlework and knitted wares.
‘There is a distinct charm of old-world quaintness about these markets, indeed in many art galleries there are paintings by famous artists depicting these very scenes.’
from: Historic Montreal, Past and Present; Henry Morgan and Co Ltd; circa 1930.
This is a screen cap from the site below. Somewhere I have my own copies. Record stores on the Montreal west island had piles of these near the wall display of 45 rpm records. Just before the weekend, the records were rearranged to reflect their changing status on the list.
For teenagers, and those of us who aspired to be grown up like the teenagers, Dave Boxer was an influential disc jockey.
Below is a link to the top site - full of history and clips of Montreal radio. Decades later, from afar, I “realized” that Montreal had French-language radio stations which I could have listened to as well. With hindsight, I know that’s where things were really happening!