City Asphalt Crew in Action on Fitzroy Street

Photo courtesy of the Frank M Stewart Collection, City of Charlottetown Archives

Photo courtesy of the Frank M Stewart Collection, City of Charlottetown Archives

One of the sights you are guaranteed to see every summer on the streets of Charlottetown is the road crew. The City asphalt crew is pictured here hard at work on Fitzroy Street in the late 1920s. When looking at the image, a couple of things become immediately apparent about the difference in the roadwork of yesteryear versus today – namely the equipment used. A horse and cart were used to truck the asphalt instead of a motorized vehicle. Also, there was little attention paid to proper work and safety attire. The crew did not dress in hard hats and vests but instead opted for fedoras, caps and shirtsleeves!

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