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updated 25 December 2023
Eight trade cards showing sailing, skating, sleigh parties, stagecoach, etc.
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ice boats and skaters on frozen lake
"Ice-Boat Regatta"
The Wikipedia article on ice boating gives a historical overview of the phenomenon. The following is from "Iceboating: Braving the Cold and Ice" by Kevin Nordahl on the Door County (Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources) site:
"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:

"After a 10 year restoration by members of the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club in Red Bank, NJ, and after nearly a 100 year absence from the ice, the 50ft long ice yacht, the ROCKET is sailed on the Hudson River on March 1, 2014."

skaters falling, doing involuntary splits near thin ice
"First Attempt"
"A small, informal guide to the absolute basics of ice skating with none of the technical jargon or unnecessary details"

many sleighs going this way and that
#432 "A Good Turnout on Brighton Road"
Recently acquired by the Diver collection is this portrait of a similar gathering:

Brodie J. Richardson 1907 photo of sleigh party given to 6,000 children by R.N. Blakeslee

In the "cartage" (hauling goods, freight) business, from the resource below we can gain some insight into the life of R. N. Blakeslee:
C.N. Hall turned sprinkling cart service over to R.N. Blakeslee

The photographer of the sleigh party, Brodie J. Richardson, was a prominent political figure. According to Political Graveyard, Richardson, "of Waterbury, New Haven County, Conn.[ran unsuccessfully as the] Socialist Candidate for Connecticut state house of representatives from Waterbury, 1912."

Sleigh Ride Party 1897
from YouTube
"Columbia Brown Wax Christmas Cylinder Played on EAGLE Graphophone Phonograph. From way back in 1897 this is a favorite Columbia brown wax cylinder of mine, "Sleigh Ride Party", with Len Spencer and friends. With unusually crisp and clear reproduction, this very early cylinder has some nice sleigh bell sound effects and a variety of comedy and song included. I selected one of my Columbia Model 'B' Eagle Graphophone phonographs to play this cylinder. Note how slowly the cylinder revolves allowing a nice long selection unlike later cylinders that revolve at 160 rpm. I hope that you enjoy this very early cylinder... Thanks, as always, for stopping in for a visit." -- Musicboxboy
two sleighs race side by side
"A Brush on the Brighton Road"
Victoriana Magazine describes what made an appropriately attired carriage in the late 1800s.

stagecoach overloaded with passengers & baggage in snowstorm
"Caught in the Storm, In Olden Time"

6 horse team pulls passengers over snow in boat mounted on sleds
"A Merry Drive"
From YouTube:
"Today I visited the viewing day of the auction of the contents of an old livery stable. Most carriages were made by famous builders." -- Hackneysaregreat

standard sleigh races improvised sleigh
"Blood Will Tell"

Bufford Boston
Bufford Boston
The cards above were made in the lithographic print shop of John Henry Bufford in Boston, MA. According a Wikipedia source, Bufford was a "mediocre" artist.

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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