This is the second part of my post looking at life in a winter city, inspired in part by our rotating exhibit of winter images and by the WinterCity Strategy. One of the ideas behind the Strategy is to remind people how much fun living in a winter city can be. We have plenty of evidence of that at the City of Edmonton Archives so for this post I’ve selected some fun images of people enjoying winter.
The snowmobiles pictured above ran a series of races on the North Saskatchewan River ice in February, 1937. There are a couple of articles in the Edmonton Bulletin about them. The middle craft, driven by V.C. Hird caught a snowdrift and rolled several times. Fortunately, Hird escaped with just a bump on the head. We have several pictures of these snowmobiles including one of the mangled machine shortly after the crash.
We debated whether this is actually on the North Saskatchewan River or not. We know that some carnival events were staged on the river but the angle doesn’t seem right. Please comment if you have any ideas on where this is!
I don’t have much information about the ski jump picture above. If I was able to devote more time to research, I would look through the microfilmed newspapers of the time to try and identify the event taking place. One of the 1937 radio announcements I introduced in my last post promotes the opening of a brand new ski jump at Connor’s Hill but I don’t know if this is the same jump. One way I could find out more information is to look at the Archives’ collection of aerials to see if I could trace the jump through the years.
I’ll end this post with a hockey image. We have a lot of hockey pictures in our Archives, both professional and amateur, so I had many to choose from. I chose this particular image because, apart from being fabulous in its own right, it highlights a complication with some photographs found in archives. The copy we have at the City of Edmonton Archives is a print. The picture was taken by the Byron May Co. and their negatives were donated to the Glenbow Archives. So the Glenbow Archives actually have copyright over this image. Archives try to respect each other’s collections so, while we use this image for research purposes and I’m putting it in this blog post, we would refer those who want to purchase a high quality reproduction to the Glenbow Archives as holders of the most original version and of copyright.
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EA-160 Hubert A. Hollingworth
EA-356 Ralph Hedley
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