Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Historic Paddle Photo: Joe's Wigwam

Another Historic stereograph image courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum. This one features a camp in Maine with a canvas lean-to shelter (erroneously called a 'wigwam') in the background. In the foreground, a birchbark canoe with two accompanying paddles  rests on the foliage of the forest floor.

William P. Dean (American, born Canada, 1835 - 1911)
Joe's Wigwam. [Maine], 1865–1875, Albumen silver print
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Weston J. and Mary M. Naef

Though the blade shapes are obscured by vegetation, the flattened grips of the paddles are clearly visible in the following closeup shot. Curious as well that the bark canoe looks to have some sort of bracing nailed to the ribs just below the inwales. Some sort of flat floorboard is also seen running along the center point of the hull's interior.


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