I began this week's post thinking about the snow shovel. A patent search revealed all kinds of interesting inventions related to moving snow around - far too broad a subject to tackle for this purpose. Just for fun, here's one design that seems to have persisted. There are patents dating back 100 years covering variations on this theme. I don't know if it was ever successfully commercialized but if not, this is a very good looking prototype.
|From the Peel library, University of Alberta, Canada|
- To: Miss N. Ginge
- Address: 25 Kingston, Yeovil, Somerset, England
- Message: "18th Battery 5th Brigade, [B.C.H.] 2nd Contingent, Winnipeg, Canada, 7.2.15, Dear N., I was very pleased to get your lovely letter, I shall write you soon. We expect to leave here any time, some have already gone. The weather is very soft here now & there is water lying in the streets. Can't say if I will see you in the spring but hope so. With love to you & all, HSS."
Later when buffalo herds were thinned, coats were available once again and the force wore them until 1974. I remember a friend's father who was on the police force wearing one. A tall, muscular man, the coat made him seem enormous and formidable which I would imagine was the desired effect. Today, a buffalo coat costs about $3000.00.
|Winnipeg City Archives|
|Here am I in my fuzzy snowsuit, not buffalo but like the lost children below I loved the police in their coats.|
|City of Winnipeg Police Department Book (1920)|
putting them away in mothballs for the rest of the year. Here's an amusing approach to
keeping your fur coat looking good:
Once you're sure your coat is clean and tidy, rush on over to Sepia Saturday for more chilling tales.