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The Sportsmen: 1905

The Sportsmen: 1905

Upstate New York circa 1905. "Hunting in the Adirondacks." When deer and canoe collide. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.


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That's lunch sorted. Now, where's that banjo music coming from?

Speeding canoes

This is what happens when you speed while portaging. It happens all the time! Rangers warn canoeists but no one thinks it will happen to them. This guy is lucky. He's not wearing his seat belt.

Great picture

This is a great picture. I am a hunter. An animal that is consumed is killed whether it is shot in the wild or killed prior to slaughter. A person who consumes products made from animals is as much the cause of the death of an animal as the person who pulled the trigger. There are more deer roaming the US now than when these fellows were alive.

"Norwegian Blue"

That deer is NOT dead!
No, no, 'e's uh,...he's resting.
No, no.....No, 'e's stunned!
Well, he's...he's, ah...probably pining for the fjords.

On a lighter note...

Man with Gun: "Aww, man, be careful, you knocked him out with that thing!"

Man with canoe hat: "Well, geez, with those horns I thiught he was gonna gore you!"

Interesting sequence here

This deer has already been gutted, obviously washed, allowed time to dry, sewn shut ... and placed on the ground for a photo opportunity?

[These are not candid snapshots -- the Detroit Publishing pictures were taken by professional photographers with giant-format view cameras for sale as colorized postcards and art prints. - Dave]

Oar locks?

Gee after fifty years I finally get what granny though was so funny:
I can row a boat canoe?

The "canoe"

is an Adirondack Guide Boat. Note the rowlocks. Built light so the guide could carry it and big so the "sport" could bring home the bacon, er, venison. Among the most efficient rowing boats ever built they're a joy to row. They move nicely with each pull and track straight in the water. Very important since the boat was usually the only practical way of getting home. The hull planking is very thin for the size of the boat and they were traditionally fastened with hand-set copper rivets.

Search the name, you'll find that they came in a variety of individual designs, but all sharing the general shape including the wide beam for the gear & game.

Small boat lovers build them today, just like this one and for the price of a slightly used Hyundai you can have one professionally built.

Look into my eyes

I was given the advise that a deer with its eyes closed is alive and you should not go near it. Open eyes means it's dead.

I love me some nature

That deer is resting so peacefully. I would think that he would be a bit unnerved with that guy standing so close, let alone holding a gun. It's as if he's saying "don't mess with this deer... let him sleep!"

Is it true that this is part of a series of shots where one man holds a rifle while the other carries large objects above his head, unassisted? Next up... "Where ya want ya cabin mister?"


The line "when deer and canoe collide" made me start humming 'Home on the Range'; not sure why.


That deer looks stuffed. I think this is a photo shoot for postcards.

[Just about every one of the hundreds of Detroit Publishing images seen here was a photo shoot for postcards. I don't know about "stuffed," but the deer seems to have been gutted. - Dave]

What a day!

Shot a deer and my friend found this nifty canoe in the woods!

Bambi's Father?

Are you proud of yourself, shooting an unarmed deer? His wife and kids will wonder why he isn't coming home tonight. I am being facetious; I really do get both sides of the argument and these men probably needed this deer to feed their families, but I never got over the tragedy that befell Bambi's mother. Still, that guy with the rifle does look rather villainous (and the deer meant no harm). To borrow and paraphrase a James Dean line "Shorpy, You're tearing me apart!"

[Something tells me these Abercrombie-outfitted sportsmen did not need venison to feed their families. - Dave]

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