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25 February 2012

Montreal's "Men in Yellow"

Montreal's "Men in Yellow"
To the millions of visitors anticipated at Expo 67, the city of Montreal wanted to show itself as modern, dazzling and cosmopolitan. And a modern and dazzling city could not be dirty. Enter the "Men in Yellow".

Montreal's "Men in Yellow" 
Dressed in yellow suits, Montreal's litter-pickers assured that city streets were clear of paper, litter and other light refuse from the months of March to December. Armed with a pincer-stick, broom and shovel, the eagle-eyed men scoured the city's streets mounted on special carrier-tricycles.

The tricycles were acquired in 1962, and by 1964, Montreal's Roads Department counted 80 of them divided amongst 5 sectors: north, south, east, west and center. Scooter-mounted supervisors linked by radio to the complaints department ensured that any urgency was quickly dealt with...

Montreal's "Men in Yellow" 
images (1) centredepaix.org
(2-3) personal collection (Montreal '64 magazine)



Anonymous Irene said...

Hello Jason, I just love your blog. Thank you for sharing... very interesting posts!
Keep up the good work!! :)

3:12 pm  
Blogger Jason Stockl said...

Thank you, Irene! Stay tuned for more! :-)

3:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was a one of the litter-pickers on the site of Expo.We were on foot and our suit was dark green.

I would've loved to have one of those tricycles!

4:15 pm  
Blogger Jason Stockl said...

Thanks for sharing, anonymous litter-picker :-)

9:29 am  

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