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Sleigh Racing on the Neck, Boston, Massachusetts

GC002.01.MA.3550.001 (RS903)

Description

"The expressive picture which we present below was taken by our artist, a few days since, during the height of the sleighing sport on the Neck, nearly opposite the famous Decon Mansion, which is seen in the background. The Neck has, for a few years past, been turned into a perfect race-course during sleighing time; and in the after part of the day is, of a winter's time, a scene of the gayest excitement. Splendid turnouts, 2.40 horses by the score, racers passing every minute, a smash-up now and then by way of variety, and, in short, we know of nothing like it elsewhere in this country. Boston has a vast number of fast boys, fast horses, and beautiful sleighs, and here they all congregate and practise their favorite sport. Let no person suppose himself fully experienced in the characteristics of New England character, Yankee impulse, and Boston peculiarities more especially, until he has witnessed sleighing on the Neck."

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Details

Collection Name
Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s
Collection Code
GC002
Dates
1854-02
Physical Description
1 newspaper engraving
Dimensions
6.25x 11(HxW) (inches)
Collection Type
Graphic Materials
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
DigitalID: 000903
AccessID: 1177
Other identifier: HNEDID-000903
prints & engravings: pr99
GUSN
195829
Reference Code
GC002.01.MA.3550.001

Record details

Originator
Gleason's Pictorial (Publisher)
Descriptive Terms
horse-drawn vehicles
mansions
racing (physical activities)
sleighs
Material Type
line engravings (prints)
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Boston Neck (Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [cape]
Location Note
Prints: Mass.: Boston: Washington St.

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