Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Historic Paddle Photo: Brantford Canoe Club (1892)

Found another historic image (1892) of members of the Brantford Canoe Club. Seated on the floor holding a paddle with B / C / C decorated on the blade is a future International celebrity, Mohawk Poet and Performer, E. Pauline Johnson (Tekahionwake).

Brantford Canoe Club Members, 1892
E. Pauline Johnson fonds
William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections
McMaster University Libraries, Hamilton

A gentleman on the far right leans against a paddle with some interesting features. The throat of the blade has carved notches where it meets the shaft. Likewise, the base of the pear-shaped grip also has decorative notches. The pattern is not unlike a late 19th century one used by the Lakefield Canoe Company featured in an earlier post here.

Walter Walker's 19th Century Lakefield Canoe Co pattern

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