Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Dogs and Mail



Good Wednesday Morning to you all. Dirty Dogs week continues today with this picture from Alaska. The picture was taken in the early 1900's. The dog team was used to deliver the mail. I wonder when the last US mail was delivered by dog team?

9 comments:

  1. What a fine looking team of sled dogs. The last year was 1963, they used snowmobiles and air planes after that.

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  2. Thanks for the pictures of Alaska. It would be very nice to know in what part of AK the pictures were taken.

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  3. No use for me to wait for the appearance of the dogs I'm thinking of. I thought 'working dogs' were honored and not 'dirty dogs'.
    Interesting never the less.

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  4. Roger's right. The last dog sled mail ran from Gambell to Savoonga on St. Lawrence Island in Alaska and the last sled used is now in the National Postal Museum in Washington, DC.

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  5. Note the gangline team of the sled (where the dogs are hitched in tandem) in order to better navigate narrow trails.

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  6. Great Picture!!
    The Bear clothes look warm..

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  7. I love this picture. I love snow, I love dogs, and I think sledding is so interesting... this is one of my favorite pictures I've seen on this blog.

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  8. such a great picture!!! i like this piece of history.

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  9. FineWoodworkerWillMarch 10, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Not sure this made it to the blog. I'll try again.
    I think that's a picture of Percy de Wolfe, who carried the mail (by dogsled) between Dawson-Fortymile-Eagle, Alaska from 1910 to 1949 when the mail contract to Eagle was finally discontinued. He risked his life constantly and was called the "iron man of the north". He was personally honored by King George for his service.
    See http://www.thepercy.com/history1.html
    and http://www.postalmuseum.si.edu/gold/stars.html

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