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"The origins of the seldom publicized sport of iceboating date back to the necessity of moving cargo over large distances during the winter months. Such occurrences were commonplace in Door County during the late 19th century when fishermen, lumbermen and builders would attach square sails to their sleds to assist their horse teams in moving cargo between Menominee, Michigan and Fish Creek. Regular trade routes were marked along the ice by well-placed Christmas-tree-sized pines for the travelers to follow. At that time speed was not the primary goal of the ice sailor, rather it was the safe and efficient movement of materials from point A to point B. The sleds in those days could travel on both ice and snow and were simply aided by the use of square sails and a lucky wind at the backs of their drivers."By the time the Arnold Collection was assembled, the joy of iceboating was shared by many who had the wealth to build elaborate boats that even raced railroad trains along the Hudson. From YouTube, here is a restored example:
|#432 "A Good Turnout on Brighton Road"|
In the "cartage" (hauling goods, freight) business, from the resource below we can gain some insight into the life of R. N. Blakeslee:
|"A Brush on the Brighton Road"|
|"Caught in the Storm, In Olden Time"|
|"A Merry Drive"|
|"Blood Will Tell"|
However, according to this American Antiquarian Society article, John H. Bufford was a notable figure in the history of his craft, nonetheless. Author David Tatham states that
"the significance of John Henry Bufford (1810-1870) in the history of the graphic arts in America is threefold. He was a prolific and successful lithographic artist, a major printer and publisher of prints, and an employer, colleague and teacher of sorts of a number of notable American artists, Winslow Homer among them, who found in his shop the barebones equivalent of a school of art."
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