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Winnipeg 1912: Diary of a City

Author: Blanchard, J. Set In . . .
 North America, Canada, Winnipeg
Genre: Historical
Time Frame: Early 1900s
Published: 2001
Description: 2006 Winner of the Margaret McWilliams Award

1912 was a red-letter year for Winnipeg, Manitoba. Dubbed the "Chicago of the North," Winnipeg was the boom town of boom towns. Overwhelmingly a commercial city, Winnipeg became for a time the metropolis of the west until the rumblings of the First World War ended the flow of investments, and immigration, construction, and economic activity ground to a halt.

Although a great deal of the physical city of 1912 has survived in the Exchange district and in certain residential neighbourhoods, the people who lived there, their beliefs and attitudes, are gone and forgotten. Winnipeg 1912 takes readers on a tour of Winnipeg, introducing its citizens and inviting us into their parlours for an intimate look at the way they lived, how they worked, and how they enjoyed themselves. Modern readers will be surprised to meet these people and discover how different they were from the Winnipeggers of today.

Beautifully illustrated with period photographs, Winnipeg 1912 is a lively and entertaining account of a vibrant and prosperous city unaware of its impending demise.
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