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Pioneer farm boy and ox cart, Gaspe | Forestry Fridays

This is a view of a young Gaspe, Quebec farm boy leaning against an ox which is hitched up to a cart carrying lumber. The reverse of this vintage card is postmarked July 15th, 1937, Peoria Illlinois (USA).

Vintage postcard of a pioneer farm boy and ox cart - hauling logs | Charrette a boeuf en Gaslesie, Quebec

Postmarked Charrette a boeuf en Gaspesie – Ox Cart on Gaspe peninsula, P.Q. – C.R. 11.

Charrette detail


Published by H.V. Henderson, West Bathurst, N.B. Scenic Postals, Views Albums, Enlargements, Amateur Finishing, Souvenirs etc. for Tourists


Mr. Harry Lindahls, Jr., Powers Lake, Genoa City, Wisconsin

Message on the back of the card

We saw a lot of ox-carts + dog carts on our trip. Took some pictures of them too.

How’s swimming this summer.

Remember me to your folks.


charrette back

I found a possible mention of Harry Lindahl Jr. or Sr. at this website presenting An Early History of Weimer, Sparta, Genoa and Gilbert, Minnesota.


“Tradition has it that the first hotel was the Gilbert Hotel, operated by Logue and Fitzgerald. Later the Commercial Hotel was operated in the Bailey Block, and this was operated by George Grange who was followed by Anton Zolakar. The First National Bank was established in 1908 . . . . . Under Mr. Hoel, Harry Lindahl first served as Cashier, and he was succeeded by John Seman. At that time Miss Lillian Havila was promoted to the position of Assistant Cashier.”


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September 17, 2009 - Posted by | .


  1. That boy looks like he is used to posing for pictures.


    Comment by postcardy | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  2. I see your cards are the real thing – real vintage postcards. I love them! Evelyn, I have postcards up for Marie’s PFF! 🙂


    Comment by maryt/theteach | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  3. Wonderful card! He looks quite comfortable with the ox. Great history.


    Comment by Snap | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  4. There appears to be clouds in the background on this card. It isn’t a real photo, is it? Most of these early images the sky is very washed out and there appears to be no clouds. I’ve a friend who ‘enhances’ these old images with clouds, and they add a lot to the character of the image. This is a great photo!


    Comment by Dave Dubé | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  5. I love this postcard. It really represents how it was to work a farm. Great photo and great info.


    Comment by JarieLyn | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  6. Look like it is from Asian, the way we used to have ox as carrier.


    Comment by BeachILike | September 17, 2009 | Reply

    • Yes, I think oxen have been used everywhere in agrarian societies. They are the number 1 beast of burden.
      One of the reasons I publish these postcards is so that my young students who live in near Montreal can see what farm life is like that.
      Evelyn in Montreal


      Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  7. Every now and again I’ll find a historical footnote about one of my cards, too. It makes the people seem more real, as though they’re still here even though I never knew them.


    Comment by Chris Overstreet | September 17, 2009 | Reply

  8. Beautiful card. Interesting post. It’s quite shocking to read that 70 years ago dog carts were still quite common in the Quebec area. In the 19th century there were a lot of protests against this kind of carts in the Netherlands, and were forbidden here.


    Comment by Bob of Holland | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  9. Peoria!……My grandparents were from Peoria, Illinois and are buried out there in a huge family plot. 🙂

    Great postcard!….I love the portrait postcards.
    The young boy doesn’t look too happy to have his picture taken. 🙂

    Have a beautiful weekend


    Comment by Robin | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  10. This is so pretty. I rarely come across vintage postcards it’s a real treat so see one. Thanks for sharing.


    Comment by Weng | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  11. Hi!
    That’s a very nice vintage postcard! I love old photos and postcards. Have a great day!



    Comment by Sherrie | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  12. I love on old postcards that they just have a general address, I wonder how long it took to deliver it to the recipient.


    Comment by irene | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  13. A very interesting card. It ties in very well with one of your earlier ones of dog carts.


    Comment by Sheila | September 18, 2009 | Reply

  14. What a delightful card. His relaxed pose and expression are priceless. I even found myself string at the way the rope drapes down!


    Comment by Marie | September 21, 2009 | Reply

  15. It’s so nice to hear from you after your trip Stateside.
    This is one of my favourite postcards, although it wasn’t until I scanned it that I realized how nice the pose was.
    Happy Friendship Friday!
    Evelyn in Montreal


    Comment by evelynyvonnetheriault | September 21, 2009 | Reply

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