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Memories of Snowdon in the 50's

Memories of Snowdon in the 50's grew out of a photo I found in a book about Montreal streetcars by Thomas Grumly. I scanned the photo and sent it to a number of people I knew who had grown up in that area. The response was magic! "Do you remember...., wasn't that fun!...Remember the trips to......will you ever forget....." Those responses stayed with me until January 2006 when I bought an ad in the Personals section of  a newspaper asking for contributions to "Memories of Snowdon in the 50's" By August I had over 80 such contributions. Most of them from people who had lived in the area at some time in their life....a time that people remembered as safe, supportive and fun even though there were diverse backgrounds, religions and languages.

I figured I had better get all this good stuff into a book and did. We grew up in an unique place in Montreal, "Snowdon" in the late 40's and throughout the 50's

The feedback I am getting from readers is heartwarming in that almost all remember Snowdon to have been a wonderful place in which to grow up and develop.

The book is a collection of some 90 people's stories, photos, memories of the schools, shops and parks around that exciting intersection of Decarie Blvd. and Queen Mary Road, where streecars from many parts of Montreal converged on Snowdon Junction.

The book and the pictures evoke many fond memories of a safe time and place for over 1000 readers to date. Many of whom have written me to thank me for collecting them.

Stories of families, Protestants, Jews, Catholics, French, English, Immigrants all living and shopping and recreating together in Snowdon's parks

While tolerance wasn't in my mind as a description of the outcome or my reasons for persuing the project it certainly fits.

The book is available at 2 bookstores in Montreal : Bibliophile in Snowdon and
Librarie Clio in Pointe Claire and 2 in Ottawa : Brittons on Bank and Books on Beechwood or from my home: 34 Herridge St., Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA K1S 0G7

Telephone : 613 236 5472

Email : jillbillc@sympatico.ca



* Memories of Snowdon in the 50's by Bill Conrod. 


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