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Winter doesn’t slow a Michigander down. Ice Skating or Ice Boating were options for those endless winter days. From the Detroit Free Press, January 7, 1896, comes the following announcement.
First of a Series of Races To-Day.
The first of a series of ice boat races will be sailed between Belle Isle and the city this afternoon between William Granger’s Masher and M.A. Kramer’s Slasher. There will be three races, and the winner will receive a silver cup. The start will be made at 3:30 o’clock, the course to be from the Detroit Yacht Club to the head of Belle Isle, back to the Detroit Boat Club and finish at the starting point. …
… If the cold snap continues there will be racing right along from the D.Y.C., as there are several boats down the river which are said to fairly fly, and the rival sailors would like to try conclusions.
Winter time fun on Belle Isle!
This postcard depicts ice skating on Belle Isle most likely in the early 1900s. This little snippet appeared in the Detroit Free Press on December 31, 1917:
9,000 ENJOY SKATING ON ICE AT BELLE ISLE
About 9,000 skaters enjoyed the smooth, glassy surface of the ice at Belle Isle Sunday, when the skating was especially good. This is the largest attendance since the good, old winter sport commenced, about three weeks ago, after the first cold spell.
This unused and undated postcard was published by A.C. Dietsche, Detroit, Michigan and Frankfort, Germany.
This has been a long anticipated day in our household. Postcard History Series: Belle Isle (Detroit, Michigan) has finally been released. To those of you who have supported us through this journey, we say “thank you” from the bottom of our hearts. We are excited to share our love of history and our love for Detroit with each of you.
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