Saturday, August 27, 2011

SEPIA SATURDAY (76)

Alan's prompt this week has to do with the Great Depression of 1929
HOW JOYFUL!!... 
oh well, 
here we go!!


here's the old MONTREAL STOCK EXCHANGE as seen in 1903
the building was designed by the same architect who did the NYC Stock Exchange
it was very prosperous for a while, 
even surpassing TORONTO's...




the financial crash of 1929 was especially felt in MONTREAL 
and its effects lingered for many years. 
it eventually recovered but TORONTO had now surpassed it. 
despite that, 
MONTREAL retained its position in the vitality of the country. 
only a political turmoil in the mid-70s 
as a separatist movement became the political force in the province of Quebec 
scaring investors away in favor of TORONTO
thus making it the new metropolis of CANADA.


while some enjoyed a leisurely life in the city...


others were left in an utter state of misery.

video



unemployed, homeless in many case, and hungry, 
people would flock to shelters to find food and comfort. 
others would rely on food stamps to help sustaining themselves and their families, 
along with their meager salaries. 
like WW1
WW2 brought another era of some prosperity, 
providing work for the masses, 
money for the industries 
and the economy improved.


1964
a tower was built to house the new STOCK EXCHANGE
the old building eventually became the CENTAUR theater, 
specializing in the english repertoire and new productions.


to this day, 
it still looks proud 
but since 1982, 
it has changed its name from STOCK EXCHANGE to simply EXCHANGE
trading now on other options than stocks. 
the economy still has its ups-and-downs, 
as we all know, 
and we all take it in stride...


i recently took this picture, 
seen here from inside the CONVENTION CENTER
if you have the time, 
you can see the inside of the CONVENTION CENTER right HERE
and the outside HERE.


for other points of view on the Great Depression
and other matters in some cases, 
simply visit 
:)~ 
HUGZ

26 comments:

  1. Interesting history. The pictures in the video looked interesting too.

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  2. @ POSTCARDY:
    the vid is in french but i felt the content was worth it, even to my english readers.
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  3. When I Look at Those Old Photos I Wonder...is that the Past? OR the Future ?

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  4. A grand collection of city views...

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  5. @ TONY:
    a sobering thought...
    :/~
    HUGZ

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  6. The inside of the Stock Exchange shows how much things have moved on. Chalking up the transactions means business was conducted at a different speed. Not good enough for the whizz kids of today. Perhaps we would do better if they slowed down now.

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  7. The old building would make a wonderful theatre. the new one is striking in a completely different way. I do hope we don't have to go through any of those terrible times of misery again.

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  8. @ BOB SCOTNEY:
    if today's traders had to function this way, now that would be a GREAT DEPRESSION!! i expect many would throw themselves down the tower...

    :D~
    HUGZ

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  9. @ SHEILA @ A POSTCARD A DAY:
    well, we've had our share of traders here that did fraud and caused misery on many folks around here, literally ruining their lives...
    :/~
    HUGZ

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  10. Loved it! Excellent jump off from the prompt and very instructional. Your post is an excellent take on the week's theme.

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  11. That first shot made me think of Edinburgh. I was surprised it was Montreal.

    And that last shot is stunning. A pink building. Never seen anything like it.

    As usual, nothing but the best from you.

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  12. A striking difference between those who were doing well and those who were sleeping on benches. Pretty sure one could make a similar photo story of life here in Atlanta with the people living under the highway over passes.

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  13. @ LIZ STRATTON:
    just trying to keep with the theme, while giving it a local flavor. i think i managed that this week!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  14. @ TATTERED AND LOST:
    and you will never see it either, as the building was seen through a colored glass panel from the Convention Center. that's why i was including the link so people could get a better idea of the context...
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  15. @ KRISTIN:
    isn't it always the case, between the haves and the have-nots. pretty universal, on various degrees around the planet.

    i see plenty of homeless folks around here, and yes, they do like overpasses... but given the current state of our infrastructures around the city, i wouldn't stay underneath those as they tend to crumble...

    :/~
    HUGZ

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  16. One can always count on you to give us the type of tour nobody else would provide. Quirky, fascinating, endlessly enjoyable. One day I will visit your city and you can give me a tour for real - until then these Sepia Saturday tours will more than fit the bill.

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  17. @ ALAN BURNETT:
    i don't mean to tease people about my hometown, but if people find it appealing, they're more than welcomed to it. i don't mind sharing it!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  18. Thanks for the further interesting insights into your beautiful city - and photo no 1 does have elements of Edinburgh in it! The Depression must have been a miserable time for so many unfortunate people. Jo

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  19. @ JO:
    it was indeed difficult for a large portion of the population, but we bounced back, as usual...
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  20. A fascinating photo story about the depression and subsequent events, thanks for the trip through time in your home town.

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  21. @ BRETT PAYNE:
    i see you're like me, catching up with everyone, possibly before going to work. that is MY case...

    it is always about my hometown. i learn at the same time as you do. true, some things i know, but there's always a little something extra that makes it worth the time for me too!!
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  22. I was wondering if someone would take up the depression theme. Very nice medley and I especially liked your colorful photos of the convention center. Fascinating effects.

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  23. Interesting post - love the pictures of the brokers chalking up.

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  24. @ MIKE BRUBAKER:
    i went with the obvious and i was fortunate to find enough on record to built up a post.

    as for the convention center, it is a most photogenic subject. any photographer would have a filed day in there, and the results would be as varied as there would be photographers.
    :)~
    HUGZ

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  25. @ DAKOTABOO:
    a bygone era, fortunately!!
    :D~
    HUGZ

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