Dot the Horse, 1947

Dot the Horse, 1947
Dorothy Forsythe Collection, City of Charlottetown Archives

Since the early days of the colony, the horse and sleigh was an efficient method of transportation in the wintertime. Travelers could use the roads, fields and even the frozen waterways to get to where they wanted to go. By the time this image was taken, the automobile had become a popular mode of transportation, however, on winter days like this, the horse and sleigh was almost as efficient as driving and certainly a lot more fun! Heavy buffalo robes and furs kept the passenger warm on cool winter days. Dot’s home was in East Royalty at the Andrew family farm on the St. Peter’s Road. The woman in the jaunting sleigh was Dorothy (Andrew) Forsythe who has generously donated a large collection of images to the City, including this one. St. Paul’s Church and Grafton Street (the current site of the Daniel J. MacDonald Building) can be seen in the background of the image.

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