It’s been a while since we checked in with Mr. Johnson. When we last met up with him on his cross-country trek, he’d just forded a swollen river. …

“The morning of the 21st [of May 1883] found me up early, as usual, making ready to move onward. I fed my cattle on grain, no grass, nothing but sage bushes around. I made a fire, got some coffee, and sat down to breakfast. The box from which my horse eats her grain serves me as a seat when not otherwise in use.

“After breakfast I moved on. My road is not as good as usual, it is rough and stony. About ten o’clock I came to a small creek and gave the cattle water; they were thirsty, drinking as though they had not seen water since crossing the ford, and there they did not stop to drink. ‘Come, Fanny, we must go on,’ I said.

“About one o’clock I saw two teams approaching. As we met, of course we stopped; we do not have to stop more than once a day. ‘Good morning, gentlemen,’ I said. ‘Where are you from, excuse me asking?’ ‘Oh, yes; that is all right. We are from Green River City.’ ‘Where did you camp last night?’ ‘About ten miles from here.’ ‘Did your cattle get grass?’ ‘Oh, yes; where we stopped the grass was good.’ ‘About ten miles. How is the road that distance?’ ‘Very rough.’

“We then went on and at three o’clock, stopped and gave my cattle grain. After eating we again went on until coming to the grass of which I had been told, and went into camp. It was not yet time to go into camp, but there being grass we must stop, as going on we might not come to any more for many miles. I turned the cattle loose, allowing them to have their fill, then I made them fast for the night. While they were eating, I gathered some wood for a fire, got my supper ready, ate it, and went to bed.

“In the night, I was awakened by the horse. I knew then there was something around. I got up and saw the horse looking a given direction, and on turning that way I saw a herd of deer feeding. I went back to bed and did not awake until dawn.”

In this photo from 1906, we see the huge Hotel Brunswick in Boston … along with a lot of pedestrians, an automobile, three horse-drawn vehicles (probably all cabs), the “Copley Lunch” diner & coffee house, and even a dog.

Enjoy looking around!

Guest post from the CMA’s Mindy Groff …

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While looking for something entirely different, I came across this advertisement in the February 1899 issue of The Carriage Monthly.

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I wasn’t familiar with Pantasote, so I was curious to learn more about the product being advertised. Pantasote is an imitation leather that was produced by the Pantasote Company of New York City beginning in 1891. It was a durable, relatively inexpensive material that was widely used for upholstery purposes, and eventually became quite popular for use in automobiles. It was available in a variety of colors, and could be finished in regular leather grain or with a high-relief embossed effect.

The American Carpet and Upholstery Journal advertised a price of $1.10 per yard in October 1904. You could buy an imitation version for less than half the price, but Pantasote warned potential customers that the copycat versions simply couldn’t compete with the original.

According to this advertisement featured in The Carriage Monthly, as well as other examples I found on various internet archives, Pantasote boasts the following advantages: “Water-proof, grease-proof, stain-proof and germ-proof. Does not rot, peel or crack. Is not affected by heat or cold, and is not inflammable.” That’s quite a claim!

Here’s an image to get lost in: a view of Genesee Street in Syracuse, New York, c. 1904.

There are a few horse-drawn vehicles, lots of bicycles, some beautiful old buildings, and lots of pedestrians and signs …

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One of the most popular Saturday-evening classes at the CAA Carriage Festival, other than the Carriage Dogs, is the costume class. This year’s winner was this fantastically creative sea-creatures entry …

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I think the first one is the better photo, but in the second you can see the sea turtle’s head, on the pole of the carriage. The carriage wheels had starfish on them, and the ponies were dressed as sea horses.

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One of the show’s Canadian entries came into the arena as a Mountie, with her “mini moose.”

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Each year, Polly Petersen’s granddaughters design and create their costumes. At this year’s Festival, the two girls were ancient goddesses, their aunt, Ann, was Medusa, the carriage was a chariot, and the pony was Pegasus. I think.

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The next morning, on the presentation pleasure drive through the Kentucky Horse Park, the pony’s hooves were still a bit glittery.

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We were fortunate to enjoy a gorgeous morning on Sunday, and the Horse Park always makes for a spectacular backdrop. I’ll have more pleasure-drive photos to share next week!

Here are some of the super-cute entries in the Carriage Dogs class at this year’s CAA Carriage Festival …

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In the end, sweet Winnie (shown above & below with her person, Dr. Susan Orosz) was declared the winner …

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On Saturday afternoon and evening during the CAA Carriage Festival, I took some photos in the open air between the barns and the indoor arena.

We had some sunshine, and some rain … and lots of beautiful carriages …

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From top to bottom: Kate Bushman, Maureen Foright, Marilyn Macfarlane, Robin Lillard Bates (protecting her hat from the rain on her way into the warmup area), Michele Blackler, and Kate Whaley.

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