Picturing A City: Early 20th Century Charlottetown

Picturing A City: Early Twentieth Century Charlottetown

Picturing A City: Early Twentieth Century Charlottetown

 

The images featured in this exhibit were part of a publication used to promote tourism of the City of Charlottetown in the early part of the 20th century entitled Charlottetown: The Beautiful City of Prince Edward Island. Photographed by amateur photographer, William Steele Louson (1860-1921), the images show the City as it appeared in the circa 1905 period. Louson came to the Prince Edward Island from Quebec in 1900 and worked as an agent for the national wholesale firm, Greenshields. His work sent him all over the Island and he took advantage of the opportunity to photograph it from tip to tip. Many of his images were made into postcards and tourism brochures, as well as featured in shop windows within the City. We thought it would be fitting to continue the tradition of public display and show the images in our storefront windows, albeit about 115 years later. We hope Mr. Louson would be proud. This exhibit ran for the month of October in 2019 in our storefront windows at 233 Queen Street in Charlottetown.

Special thanks to Frank Stewart who donated the album from which these images were taken.