Found Film: Trips to the Zoo and to Montreal

This is another post in the series on the photos taken by Raymond Albert in and around Rumford, Maine in the late 1940s and early 1950s (see “Introducing the Alberts”).  In this post, I share two rolls of film, in which they took pictures of 3 different trips, including one to the zoo, and one to nearby Montreal, Canada.

The first two photos are from a trip to a nearby cave, which I haven’t been able to identify.  There are many caves near Rumford, Maine, and in the state in general. This is Louise, and her mom Cecile (Fisher) Albert.

Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 15

Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 15

After that, it seems they took a trip to the zoo. Zoos always seem like sad places, and this particular zoo is no different. There are not many zoos in Maine today, but this could be outside the state. And it’s also possible that the zoo could have closed or been redesigned, given the changes in public attitude that have taken place since the 1950s.

Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 15

Nowadays, the photo below would be a lawsuit waiting to happen!  I’ll share the rest of the zoo photos as well because they are actually pretty good photos, quality-wise – especially given what was probably challenging lighting.

Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 15

Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 15

Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 15

Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 15

Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 15

The scond roll I’m sharing today is mainly just photos from a trip to Montreal. The skyline of Montreal has changed quite a bit since the 1950s. But it seems that the Alberts were pretty serious Catholics, and when they went on trips would often visit churches and church-related institutions. So from the photo below we can recognize Mary, Queen of the World Cathedral from its characteristic dome.  In the photo in the Wikipedia entry from the link above, you can see the building in the right of the picture below – but the cathedral seems almost out of place in today’s modern glass-and-steel skyline.

Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 16

Montreal-Skyline

Here, the early 1950s Montreal skyline can be seen more clearly. Below that, an image of today’s skyline, borrowed from Google. Completely unrecognizable.

Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 16

Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 16

I believe the large building in the photo above can be seen just left of center in the photo below.

St Mary

I wonder if it’s still possible to take a ride in one of these old carriages?

Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 16

There is also a photo of the Oratoire Saint Joseph du Mont Royal, also followed by a modern image:

Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 16

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Finally, a group photo. No idea who, or where!

Raymond Albert's Photos - roll 16

I hope you’ve enjoyed these photos. To see other posts about the Alberts, check out this link.  To see more of Raymond Albert’s photos on Flickr, check out this album.

See the next post in this series here.

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One Response to Found Film: Trips to the Zoo and to Montreal

  1. mgmlvks says:

    Once again – a most interesting journey to compare/contract/confront the past. Skylines are so seemingly permanent – but as shown – can change dramatically in a very short period of time. Also – I am so glad that zoos have (for the most part) reinvented themselves and the depressing caged animals are long gone. Thanks for sharing. And – due to your enthusiasm – I have ventured into a serious search for found film/photos and cameras – thanks (I think) – Mike

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