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City Hall, Parade Square, Halifax

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The above image is scan of a photograph held by the Nova Scotia Museum; it is undated on their website.

Note the old Moir’s Chocolate plant on Argyle St to the left of City Hall, in the distance.  I once read an endearing account of downtown Halifax back when the Plant was in operation.  With only the slightest hint of nostalgia, some one noted that all of downtown smelled of chocolate on particular days of the week.  That must be better than the harbour-smell that continues to prevail on foggy mornings today.

This is a scan of a postcard that I found on a flickr website.  It seems to be a coloured reproduction of the photo.  My initial thought was to think that it is a simple tinted copy, but if you look closely you will see that some features don’t align as they should – some one has put a lot of work into “prettying up” Parade Square.  First, “Nova Scotia Museum” has been burned or erased out of the picture and replaced with “City Hall, Halifax, N.S.”.  Second, the facing of the Moir’s plant in the coloured postcard is somewhat larger than the black and white photo. Finally, the North End of Halifax as well as the harbour has been substituted for a gentle rolling hill to create perspective. The colours of the photo also seem rather “pointillist-ic”, for lack of a better term.

The flickr website dates the coloured image as “1905-1915”.   Note in both the photo and the reproduction the lack of the Soldier’s Memorial, dedicated after the First World War.


Written by mitchellirons

July 9, 2008 at 10:19 pm

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