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Self-Guided Tour - Hull

Hull experienced economic development at the turn of the 20th century. Electric power generation and papermaking pulp stimulated the industrial sector. Growth was the hallmark of the first decades of the 20th century. Factories proliferated and the labour force increased considerably. The population, which stood at roughly 13,000 inhabitants in 1900, rose to over 24,000 inhabitants 20 years later. The city centre became animated. Businesses set up operations there and, starting in 1896, the streetcar made travelling easier.

 

In the early 1930s, the Great Depression spread misery in its wake. Prosperity only returned with World War II. The omnipresence of the automobile was the symbol par excellence of economic revival. The ease of travel that the automobile afforded pushed back the city's boundaries. For many city residents, the dream of owning a small suburban home came true. Residents usually shopped at the shopping centre on the outskirts of Hull rather than downtown.

 

 

 

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Self-guided tour - Hull - Click to enlarge
Rue Principale, Hull. The awnings on rue Principale indicate the presence of numerous businesses.

Rue Principale, Hull. The awnings on rue Principale indicate the presence of numerous businesses. Vers 1920
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Self-guided Tour - Hull - Click to enlarge
Rue Principale, Hull. The awnings on rue Principale indicate the presence of numerous businesses.
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