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A Rustic Habitant Dog Cart | Traditional Quebec Dog Carts

Retro Vintage Postcard: Two children in A Rustic Habitant Dog Cart in Gaspe, Quebec | Traditional Quebec Dog Carts


I find Gaspe dog-carts fascinating not only because of their novelty (to me) but also because

there’s a variety of designs and those depicted in my old postcards

seem to be hand-crafted and likely home-made.

These dogcarts are a ture testament to our ancestors’ ingenuity!




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February 27, 2009 - Posted by | . | ,


  1. ard number two is a beauty! You hit the nail on the head. That is definitely a hand hewn cart. Do you think that the boys made it themselves? I need to teach my boys a bit about wood working!


    Comment by Marie Isabelle | February 27, 2009 | Reply

  2. What an interesting postcard! It is definitely hand hewn. I wonder if those dogs are enjoying themselves. Since they are dogs, they probably are. Happy PFF!


    Comment by Muse Swings | February 27, 2009 | Reply

  3. Wow! I never knew dog carts existed, an interesting postcard indeed. Did people use dogs because it was expensive to keep multiple horses for the family?


    Comment by Francesca Luisa Franchini | February 27, 2009 | Reply

  4. May be this is their toy car ?


    Comment by Lay Hoon | February 28, 2009 | Reply

  5. Thanks to everybody for your comments!
    I think in this case that the cart might be a toy – especially because it’s a twentieth century cart. However the carts were used for real work because I’ve seen some in which they are used to carry wood or codfish.
    Evelyn in Montreal


    Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | February 28, 2009 | Reply

  6. I hope you link one of your dog postcards to my “Postcard Scavenger Hunt.” This is the first of monthly scavenger hunts I am planning & this month it is about dog postcards.
    Update from Evelyn: I believe this is Postcardy’s site:


    Comment by postcardy | March 7, 2009 | Reply

  7. What a great idea – themed scavenger hunts! Have you done these before?
    Thanks for the invite!
    By the way, are you aware that your site address is not popping up with your avatar?
    Evelyn in Montreal


    Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | March 7, 2009 | Reply

  8. Hi Evelyn,

    I just LOVE your vintage post cards!

    Acadian Ancestral Home


    Comment by acadianancestralhome | March 10, 2009 | Reply

  9. I like this postcard cute ! ! !


    Comment by Pamella | April 9, 2009 | Reply

  10. It is so cool that they built it by hand it is so interesting.
    I wonder how long it took them.


    Comment by Kayla | April 9, 2009 | Reply

  11. What I like about this picture is the dogs,that are in the picture are pretty. The thing that I find interesting is that the dogs are actually pulling the boy and it looks like the dogs have been trained.


    Comment by cloe | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  12. I like this picture because the dogs reminds me of my dog buddy. There so cute.


    Comment by maddison | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  13. I think that postcard is nice because I love dogs and I like the art of it, and with the background and their clothes from the old time.


    Comment by Cristina | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  14. Hello, I would love to have some copies of some of these rural Quebec postcards….is there any possibility? My maternal grandmother’s family (Nadeau) immigrated back & forth from rural Quebec to northern Vermont in the 1910’s – 1920’s, and we have a very few family stories, but no images…I love some of the pictures of the people because they look so similar to my mom, and some of my siblings….I am now in my 50’s, and have never visited rural Quebec (or anywhere besides Montreal), and I am drawn to these images and the descriptions of the people and their lives

    I’ll contact you next weekend – Evelyn


    Comment by Theresa Zabliski | September 24, 2012 | Reply

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