Sunday, April 28, 2013

Historic Photo: Canoe Poling Upstream

From this expired Ebay ad - a vintage image of canoe poling. He seems so effortless holding the position above the small rapid. Unfortunately no details about the photo's origins.

Unknown Canoe Poler

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Celebrity Canoe Paddles: Charlie Chaplin

Along the lines of some earlier posts featuring Hollywood canoeing celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Maureen O'Sullivan, and Vera Ellen  is this vintage pic of Charlie Chaplin paddling with style...

Source: Caris Grey

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Boys Life (1953): Making a Leather Tumpline & Wanigan

Here's a great little page from Boys Life, July 1953 for anyone wanting to make some traditional canoe gear. The double article features plans for a wanigan and a quick photo series on making a leather tumpline. Click the link or the image for a larger view...

Source Link: Boys Life, July 1953

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Another 1880 Hazen Maliseet Paddle Images

Here's another beautiful Maliseet paddle with some etchings of circular scrolls on the blade. Seems unique to me since most of the stylized scroll motifs I've come across point outward rather than inward into confined circular medallions. It dates to 1880 and is one of the paddles commissioned by Frank Hazen from St. Mary's Reserve in Fredericton - the heart of Maliseet territory. A few other of the Hazen paddles can be seen in this earlier post here.

c. 1880
New Brunswick Museum (1959.87B)

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