shows people sitting on a bench reading newspapers
with traffic going on in the background.
I showed you people reading before,
So I instead focused on an advertising poster on the pole,
with a clown face on it.
I found something that I thought had a Montreal connection to it...
this happened in Montreal in 1812,
but the troop was not from Montreal itself.
I found some answers in this book.
(Open in a separate tab to read)
As you can see,
amid stories of fire, bankruptcy and war,
joining the circus may not have been such a great idea
despite the romantic notion we may have about it.
Montreal's history blended with American history for a while.
Many still wonder why Quebec didn't become an American state
instead of remaining under the British crown.
That would have changed the course of History,
but truth be told,
we didn't want either,
American [whom we trusted even less] or British.
We wished for autonomy.
Well, some of us at any rates...
Circus Boys, Montreal, c. 1868.
Young performers in a studio shot by Notman.
Circus parade, Montreal, c. 1910.
Studio portrait, Montreal, c. 1910,
Subjecting his daughter [and a friend] to a fashion fad...
I thought I had found something amusing to show here,
but history and violence have their way to sneak in...
I could have left you with Tchaikovsky's 1812,
but I opted for something more modern...
Time to go back to
My only advice would be to be careful where you step
as you never know where it'll take you...
History is an adventure!!
Thanks to the McCord Museum, Wikipedia
and the randomness of Google and YT.