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Edison 1898 Sleighing Video

It's January, winter, and I'm working on a Christmas story so it's only natural that I'm thinking of sleigh bells jingling as my hero and heroine travel about. So, while doing my research, when I found this 1898 Edison Film Company video of horse-drawn sleigh rides in Central Park, New York, I thought the least I could do was share it with you.

If the video doesn't work below, you can view it at the Library of Congress

If you'd like to know more about sleighs and the different makes and models, check out my past posts:

Nov 1, 2011 - 19th Century Sleighs
Nov 22, 2011 - 19th Century Children's Sleighs
Jan 17, 2012 - Royal Sleighs


Anita Mae Draper writes historical romance in the Land of Living Skies where her love of research and genealogy yield fascinating truths that layer her stories with unique and personal details. Her faith is reflected in stories of forgiveness and redemption as her characters search for love and home. Readers can enrich their reading experience by checking out Anita's Pinterest boards for visual references of her stories, and more, at the links on her website at
Anita Mae Draper's published stories appear in Barbour Publishing, WhiteFire Publishing, and Guideposts Books 


  1. There's something so fascinating about old movies. We often are trying to place ourselves in these early decades in our stories, so it's fun to see real Edwardians MOVING instead of in photos. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. I know, eh. I'm glad so many are appearing on the internet where we can share. Hopefully more will be released into the wild too. :)

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    1. Haha, I'm watching the horses' gaits and sleigh models and you're people watching. :D


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