Canafornian

Canafornian

Posted on 01/26/2016


Photo taken on January 17, 2016


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WP2038 WPG - A SNOWSHOE RACE

WP2038 WPG - A SNOWSHOE RACE
POSTCARD

Date: Not evident. Unposted.

Publisher / Photographer: Unidentified (Likely Meyers)

Notation: The fellow on the right, holding the starting pistol, has a row of badges going down his sleeve and and two rows of similar badges going down his chest.. all of the legible ones read "Holly S. S. Club" (likely Snow Shoe Club) and an annual season (e.g. 1904-05)

The legible ones on his sleeve are 1909-10 through to 1912-13. Legible ones on his chest are 1900-01 through 1904-05. It appears that the row on his arm was in process and reserved for the decade of seasons beginning with 1909-1910, the row on his left chest were for the decade beginning 1899-00, and the row on his right chest would have presumably been been for the decade beginning 1889 -90.

Since his badges end with the 1912-13 year, it is reasonable to believe this race likely took place that season or the next.

The gentleman to his right (hidden behind the starting line-up) sports similar badges on his coat.

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wintorbos
wintorbos
The Holly Snowshoe Club was organized on Dec. 11, 1905 at a meeting held at the Empire Hotel. The Winnipeg Tribune noted that snowshoeing had been experiencing a resurgence in popularity and that the St. George Snowshoe Club, which had flourished in the city in the 1880s, might be revived as well. The Holly Club organized "tramps" along various routes in the city. It appears to have been named after the Holly Club in Montreal, because a representative of the latter was said to have given a speech at the founding meeting. (I found this in the Winnipeg Tribune, Dec. 12, 1905, p. 8). The Club seems to have existed into at least the mid-1930s.
19 months ago.
Canafornian
Canafornian
Great information, thanks! Given that, I am guessing that the fellow with the starting pistol is likely another visiting member of the Montreal Club.
19 months ago.