Johnny... and the parks. Montrals parks in photographs, 1953-1963


Jeannot... and the Parks. Montrals Parks in Photographs, 1953-1963. An ambitious and innovative project, the citys parks department was created in 1953 at the instigation of Claude Robillard. The watchword: Recreation in beautiful surroundings. From then on, children would have surroundings other than back alleys and empty lots to play and have fun in. On the program: Free play and organized activities as well as cultural and sporting events, from performances by Paul Buissonneaus travelling La Roulotte theatre, to the Jardin des Merveilles childrens zoo, play modules, a "park parade" and many other activities. The number of parks increased from nine in 1942 to more than 100 in 1950. The parks service left behind a collection of hundreds of photos showing fun and games in the citys parks and playgrounds.

Jeannot... and the Parks. Montrals Parks in Photographs, 1953-1963. Jeannot (Johnny), a little boy from Montral, was originally created for the parks departments annual report. He represented one of the 200,000 children around his age that played in the parks and playgrounds. Renowned comic-strip author Michel Rabagliati brought Jeannot back to life for this exhibition. He will be your guide for our tour of Montrals parks through scenery, photographs and films that have never been shown before, taking you back to an era when optimism was alive and well.

An exhibition of never-before-seen photos of the citys parks and playgrounds between 1953 and 1963. These photos present a wealth of information about childhood and Montrals parks in the 1950s and 60s. In collaboration with Archives de Montral.

Jeannot... and the Parks. Montrals Parks in Photographs, 1953-1963. Jeannot... and the Parks. Montrals Parks in Photographs, 1953-1963.