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Montreal Winter Carnival, Chromolithograph by A. Major, 1884


Montreal Winter Carnival, February, 1884. (Ice Palace)
A. Major, Brooklyn, New York, and Montreal: 1884
Chromolithograph heightened with silver glitter
17 x 24 inches, image
18.75 x 24.75 inches, overall

Composite moonlit views of the Montreal Winter Carnival. The main scene centers on a huge ice palace with a procession of men with torches, visitors, and horse-drawn sleighs. Inset views show tobogganers on a steep hill and ice skaters in festive costume celebrating winter. The ice palace is lit within by an orange light. The print is highlighted with glitter, giving a snow blown effect.

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The Montreal Winter Carnival was instituted in 1883 to promote tourism, and was Canada’s first large winter celebration. It became the high point of the winter season, with competitive sporting events held throughout the city. The carnival’s centerpiece was the Ice Palace, constructed from blocks of ice cut from the St. Lawrence River and lit by electric lamps each evening. At the end of Carnival week the Palace was stormed by snowshoers with torches and fireworks.

Full publication information: A. Major, 286 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, New York, and 178 James Street, Montreal.

Condition: Colors bright. Generally very good with the usual overall light wear and soiling. Affixed (apparently long ago) to stiff card stabilizing some marginal chips and tears.


“Wish You Were Here: An Exhibition of Early Postcard Views of Montreal in Winter.” Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, McGill University. 23 October 2002. (19 December 2002).

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19th Century