A stagecoach with several passengers travels through dense winter snow in this beautiful colorized postcard. The horses persevere through the snow as the passengers bundle together and shield their faces from cold, harsh gusts of wind. The sky above is painted with a deep red and blue gradient, giving the postcard a dream-like quality as sunlight illuminates the white fields of snow.
While the stagecoach originated in England in the 13thcentury, it only began to appear in its streets as early as the early 16thcentury. These coaches are referred to as "stagecoaches" because they traveled in “stages" consisting of 10 to 15 miles. Upon reaching each stage, the horses were changed out, and passengers would stop for a meal and possibly stay overnight. However, as the railroad system was introduced in the 1830s, the use of stagecoaches gradually declined and were almost entirely out of use by the mid 19th century.
From the collection of Fred Bodin of Gloucester, MA. Fred was a long time resident and well-known photographer of Gloucester and had one of the best private collections of New England nautical photographs in private hands. Fred was a photojournalist having graduated with this degree from Syracuse University and worked for Yankee Magazine. Fred passed away in 2016 and HIP purchased his collection from his estate.