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Old Posted Jul 19, 2012, 7:56 AM
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On this shot (1960) Montreal looks dirty as fuck!


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Its too bad the butchered Hamilton the way they did. It looks like it was quite stately and built-up.


Here's a funky one, Montreal's new Train station complex, 1970's?

http://www.arch.mcgill.ca/prof/sijpk...004694-001.jpg

Most of what is in the lower half of the frame is gone now, lost to highways, big skyscrapers and elephantine surface parking lots. Canadian national's shoe-box factory / central train station is under the Sun Life.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-HK1I54WLqN..._SATURDAY).jpg

Probably 1960.

http://img2.tfd.com/wiki/1/1f/Montreal_1959.jpg

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Great pre-Place-Bonaventure shot. PB completely covers the trackage in front of Gare Central.
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The rows and rows of low rise looks amazing!
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Winnipeg and Hamilton also looked pretty great back then.
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The rows and rows of low rise looks amazing!
yep, the brooklyn of Canada.
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King St. looking east Hamilton circa 1890s

from stuckinexeter http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...=151765&page=4

A similar view a few years later. Royal Connaught is built, but the Connaught Corporate Centre and Dominion Pulbic Building are not there yet, so probably early to mid 1920s.

from stuckinexeter http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...=151765&page=4

Another shot of Hamilton from a mountain access:

from stuckinexeter http://forum.skyscraperpage.com/show...=151765&page=6

More from the 1940s:






And this one is probably from around 1915-20?

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Check out the aerial view of downtown Hamilton in the 1940s about 30 seconds into this video

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I highly doubt that this pic is from the the 1930s. The plane pictured appears to be a Canadair North Star DC-4M, and these weren't manufactured until 1946, so that pic likely wasn't taken until 1946 or shortly thereafter.

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Victoria Square 1870's

http://www.musee-mccord.qc.ca/largeimages/v57.jpg

Victoria square 1960's, same view

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5295/...be40b66a_b.jpg

Montreal skyline in 1887. population ~300,000

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5250/...29577be6_b.jpg

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That last photo is amazing!
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I highly doubt that this pic is from the the 1930s. The plane pictured appears to be a Canadair North Star DC-4M, and these weren't manufactured until 1946, so that pic likely wasn't taken until 1946 or shortly thereafter.
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Yes, you're right. I missed that, my bad.
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Toronto looks like a machine...

Very industrial.

Which it pretty well was.

And on that note, its cool how stark the contrast between pre-war Montreal and Toronto was. Montreal was undoubtedly the grand, cosmopolitan, mercantile metropolis; Toronto was the rough, gothic, industrial machine. Today, either city could be either thing, and then there are all those other newly big, important cities that further erase that traditional dynamic between the two national powers. Ultimately for the better of course, though.


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Jesus, what a waste land. The 50's-60's weren't kind to Montreal aesthetically speaking, that's fro damn sure.



Montreal was a also an industrial machine. If you walked away from the stately mansions of Sherbrooke street and ventured down in the point, you'd find yourself in the cradle of canadian industry, situated along the Lachine canal, then the Gateway to the great lakes. The lachine Canal closed in 1968. The death of Montreal as an Industrial powerhouse can arguably be linked to this specific date.

http://www.memorablemontreal.com/doc...005107-001.jpg

The port of Montreal in the 1950's, then Canada's largest port.

http://www.imtl.org/image/big/cn_port2.jpg

A new skyline under construction

http://a123.g.akamai.net/f/123/12465...deprress03.jpg

Urban renewal / Urban nightmare - Montreal of the 1960's

http://www.urbanoccupationsurbaines....ages-final.jpg

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Jesus, what a waste land. The 50's-60's weren't kind to Montreal aesthetically speaking, that's fro damn sure.

Nor where they to anywhere else.

This scene of perfect gritty urbanity I posted earlier, for example...




...was reduced to this hellscape by the '70s:

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