OH WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE IN A ONE-HORSE OPEN SLEIGH!

We are enjoying passable sleighing at present. To enjoy a sleigh-ride to the fullest extent it is necessary to have good warm buffalo robes, blankets, sleigh bells, &c. all of which can be found at McCram’s in Titusville.

~ The Petroleum Centre Daily Record of Cornplanter, Pennsylvania on February 1, 1870.

Sanbury American of Sanbury, Pennsylvania on January 2, 1874.

Sanbury American of Sanbury, Pennsylvania on January 2, 1874.

St. Cloud Journal of St. Cloud, Minnesota on January 13, 1870.

St. Cloud Journal of St. Cloud, Minnesota on January 13, 1870.

Isn’t it interesting that the 1870 term for “social” was “Sociable”?

Sled on Brunnsviken, Stockholm. Original av Martin Rudolf Heland (1765–1814). - http://digitaltmuseum.se/011013840327 Kapplöpning, slädparti på Brunnsviken, Stockholm. Original av Martin Rudolf Heland (1765-1814).

Sled on Brunnsviken, Stockholm. Original av Martin Rudolf Heland (1765–1814). – http://digitaltmuseum.se/011013840327.  Kapplöpning, slädparti på Brunnsviken, Stockholm. Original av Martin Rudolf Heland (1765-1814). [Image: Public Domain, courtesy of Wikipedia.]

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More Victorian-era Humor, this time about a Sleigh Ride…

How to Conduct a Sleigh Ride, Part 1 of 3, published in Holmes County Farmer of Millersburg, Ohio, on January 26, 1865.

How to Conduct a Sleigh Ride, Part 1 of 3, published in Holmes County Farmer of Millersburg, Ohio, on January 26, 1865.

Note: $0.50 of 1865 dollars would be worth: $7.35 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

How to Conduct a Sleigh Ride, Part 2 of 3, published in Holmes County Farmer of Millersburg, Ohio, on January 26, 1865.

How to Conduct a Sleigh Ride, Part 2 of 3, published in Holmes County Farmer of Millersburg, Ohio, on January 26, 1865.

How to Conduct a Sleigh Ride, Part 3 of 3, published in Holmes County Farmer of Millersburg, Ohio, on January 26, 1865.

How to Conduct a Sleigh Ride, Part 3 of 3, published in Holmes County Farmer of Millersburg, Ohio, on January 26, 1865.

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No Wonder the columnist, above, suggests pretending

Salt Lake Herald of Salt Lake City, Utah on February 3, 1891.

Salt Lake Herald of Salt Lake City, Utah on February 3, 1891.

$5 of 1891 dollars would be worth: $131.58 in 2015

~ Dave Manuel.com Inflation Calculator

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Horse-drawn sleigh. Image: About 25,270,000,000 results online, according to Google.

Horse-drawn sleigh. Image: About 25,270,000,000 results online, according to Google.

RICH MAN’S PASTIME?

Lawrence Daily Journal of Lawrence, Kansas on January 16, 1870.

Lawrence Daily Journal of Lawrence, Kansas on January 16, 1870.

The Daily Kansas Tribune of Lawrence, Kansas on January 16, 1870.

The Daily Kansas Tribune of Lawrence, Kansas on January 16, 1870.

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COAL BOXES (keep your toes warm)

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Brooklyn, New York on January 26, 1870,

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Brooklyn, New York on January 26, 1870.

"A Brush for the Lead", lithograph by Currier and Ives, 1867. In the song, the lyrics compare a sleigh ride to a "picture print by Currier and Ives". [Image: Public Domain, courtesy of Wikipedia]

“A Brush for the Lead”, lithograph by Currier and Ives, 1867. In the song, the lyrics compare a sleigh ride to a “picture print by Currier and Ives”. [Image: Public Domain, courtesy of Wikipedia]

DANGEROUS FUN

The Salt Lake Herald of Salt Lake City, Utah on January 9, 1880.

The Salt Lake Herald of Salt Lake City, Utah on January 9, 1880.

The St. Cloud Journal of St. Cloud, Minnesota on February 3, 1870.

The St. Cloud Journal of St. Cloud, Minnesota on February 3, 1870.

Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 17, 1870.

Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 17, 1870.

A FARMER ARRESTED.–About noon yesterday, a farmer named William Burgeman, while coming into the city with horses and sleigh on Grand River street, drove very fast, and when near Perkins’ Hotel, ran over a boy named Pierson, injuring the lad severely. The farmer did not stop to see the damage created, but put on the whip. The affair was witnessed by Olli-eer H.H. Johnson, who pursued the farmer, and, after chasing him about a mile, through streets and alleys, he was caught and locked up at the Central Station.

~ Detroit Free Press of Detroit, Michigan on January 11, 1870.

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Have you ridden in a horse-drawn sleigh? What stands out in your memory of the event? OR Have you read a Victorian-era book with a scene in a horse-drawn sleigh?

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