Sledding on Queen’s Campus, 1900

sled, Kingston, Ontario

Queen’s University Archives, Queen’s Picture Collection, V28-Gen-24” and titled “Children Sledding, ca. 1900″

The sled had its start from the most utilitarian of purposes: to transport goods from one point to another over snow. Both the typical sled and toboggan designs were used by natives in North America, long before settlement by Europeans. As with most transport inventions, however, a recreational use would eventually be found, and the sled is now predominantly used for both sport and fun. The four lads pictured here around the turn of the twentieth century seem to be enjoying themselves in front of Theological Hall on Queen’s campus. Hopefully all of you are getting a chance to enjoy the snow!

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