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We go beyond, and many, the mandate of Car Guide. But since the very first motor vehicles were in fact the horse-drawn carriages with a motor, why not learn about the past? Here is a statement issued recently by Quebec Portal.

The Director General of the Museum of Civilization, Michel Cote, and the collector-donor, Paul Welcome, sign a donation agreement - This is one of the largest gifts ever received by the Musee de la civilization.

QUEBEC, Feb. 21. 2011 / CNW Telbec / - The Director General of the Museum of Civilization, Michel Cote, and the collector and businessman, Mr. Paul Welcome, today signed an agreement on donation has an impressive collection of 201 horse-drawn carriages , testifying to the history of land transport in the country on almost two hundred years (1770 to 1950).

"This is one of the largest and most impressive donations ever received by the Gallery of civilization and it is certainly thanks to the vigilance of Mr. Paul Bienvenu a part of horse-drawn heritage Quebec could be saved, welcomed the Director General of the Museum of Civilization, Michel Cote. No doubt that this gift will enrich the national collections of very particular way, since the land transport sector plays a very significant role in the evolution of our society, "he has said.

Not only are they full of history, but these 201 cars also testify of our adaptation to climate in the country and tell the story of the manufacturers of this type of car (the valet as Verret & Co. or Latimer, Ledoux and Legare, of Quebec), as well as their illustrious owners (businessmen, politicians and merchants men, prominent in society). Notable piece of mention include sleighs, who belonged to three governors of the country, including Lord Stanley. A sleigh for four passengers manufactured for Amable Belanger (founder of stoves of the same name); bourgeois sleigh valet JJ Saurin (of Quebec), presented at the first Universal Exhibition in London (1851); the car used for the coronation parade of Bishop Elzear Alexandre Taschereau; a phaeton (high caleche and discovery), indicating Bruno Ledoux (Montreal), who belonged to the family Baillargeon of Quebec; another phaeton that belonged to the family Viau (manufacturing of biscuits); and a pram, property of the archdiocese of Quebec.

Mr. Paul Bienvenu

Businessman known (chairman and ceo Howard Bienvenu inc.), Mr. Welcome collecting for over forty years, horse-drawn vehicles (sledges, carts and coachmen), which have been manufactured in Quebec in the last centuries . Over the years, he has traveled the world to unearth new parts while documenting. It is with passion that speaks of use, technical details and characteristics of those cars that made the heyday of Quebecois 18th, 19th and 20th centuries (until the 1950s).

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