Thursday, February 26, 2009

Sled Dogs in Action

Ed Clark's Eskimo Dog Ranch was opened in 1928. This is a 1946 linen postcard showing a team of Ed Clark's Eskimo sled dogs in action.

The description on the back of this postcard (all one sentence!) is as follows:

"Here at North Woodstock, N. H., right in the heart of the snowy White Mountains, Ed Clark, an enterprising ex-fur trader, maintains his celebrated Eskimo Sled Dog Ranch where the finest of pure blooded Eskimo Dogs may be seen as well as a wealth of Eskimo implements and other interesting material gathered by Mr. Clark on his many expeditions in the north."

The Fall 2008 Newsletter of the Upper Pemigewasset Historical Society shows some circa 1935 real photo postcards of dogs being used for hauling heavy loads. Other dog teams were used for speed.

The former Eskimo Sled Dog Ranch is now the Clark Trading Post, a popular tourist attraction in Lincoln, N. H. The sled dogs were were replaced by performing black bears which were found to be more profitable. The sled dog era is remembered by an exhibit in the Trading Post's Museum.

More information:

Clark's Trading Post Website

Roadside America--Clark's Trading Post

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing this postcard and the link to the article about working sled dogs.
    I've been interested for some time in the work dogs that were used for at least a century in Gaspe, Quebec.
    I've just begun posting a series of postcards on this topic right now.In the twentieth century these were clearly posed for tourists, but it's a fact that they were used seriously to haul loads of cod and wood, among other things.
    Evelyn in Montreal


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