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Nice image of ‘Hockey Match, McGill Grounds, Montréal.’.
Stamped and dated from Canada to France.
Card produced by ‘The Valentine & Sons Publishing Co. Ltd. Montreal and Toronto Printed in Great Britain’.
McGill is arguably the birthplace of hockey—although Kingston, Halifax, Dartmouth and perhaps Windsor have also laid claim to that title, depending upon how hockey is defined. But one thing is certain: McGillians certainly had a hand in shaping the sport as it’s played today. The first game of organized indoor hockey took place on March 3, 1875, at the Victoria Skating Rink in downtown Montreal. Civil engineer James Creighton organized the game, and many of the players who took part were McGill students. The world’s first official hockey team, the McGill Hockey Club, made its debut two years later and some of the players—Richard F. Smith, W. F. Robertson, and W. L. Murray—helped refine the rules, including the introduction of a rubber puck, carved out of a lacrosse ball. In 1911, Frank Patrick and his brother Lester (he dropped out of McGill to play professionally) created the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, which rivaled the National Hockey Association (soon to be the National Hockey League), thanks in large part to the Patricks’ innovations: Canada’s first artificial ice hockey rinks, penalty shots, numbered jerseys, “on-the-fly” line changes, assists and the blue line. The Patrick brothers sold their league (and its rules) to the NHL in 1926, and both men were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Valentine & Sons printed its first postcards in the 1890s. Valentine & Sons became a limited company in 1896. Canadian postcard production began in 1903. In 1907, at the height of the postcard revolution, they became a public company.
The Canadian office of Valentine’s of Dundee, Scotland ran from 1907-1923 under the name The Valentine & Sons' Publishing Co. Ltd. The first office opened in Montreal and then Toronto.