History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

03 June, 2013

"Tobogganing"

This isn't perhaps the most suitable post for early June, but I just came across these and they are far too wonderful to wait until it snows again. 

So it's the 1860s and you live in Quebec, and since you live in Quebec you really love to toboggan. You love it so much that you really want your picture taken while doing it. However, it's the 1860s and cameras are far too slow to capture motion, as well as very cumbersome to take outdoors, especially when it's minus three hundred degrees. What do you do?

The answer, of course, is obvious. You go to the photographer William Notman in Montreal, who provides the fake slope, fake snow, and fake sleds in his studio. All you have to do is dress up in your toboggan clothes and maybe pretend to crash now and again.

Dates range from 1866-1892, with a particular surge in 1869-70. All by William Notman or his studio. 


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Can't forget the walking-up-the hill part. Source



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Your poses also aren't limited to actually practical ones. Source


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Badass "tobogganing." Source



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Spectacular "wipeouts" Source


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3 comments:

Ana said...

"Cause I'm a badass and I've got the moustache to prove it!"

You're right, these are too wonderful to wait until next snow... although it feels like it might snow any minute here, so they are fitting.

Climate changes...

K.E. Skedgell said...

Ha ha! I loved them!

Crystal Silvers said...

...so that's who invented snowboarding.
I think i love those pointy hats.

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