Tonight many people shopped in Canal Park. Here an employee of the Duluth Pack store stands outside on Canal Park Drive by a warming fire he had built to add to the holiday shopping ambiance.Â Ironically it was a balmy 30 degree Fahrenheit so the fire wasn’t really needed. But then again most people don’t want to stand around outside when it is much colder. So it was a fun thing to see.
A Duluth Pack is what the trappers and packers used in Minnesota 150 years ago to transport furs in canoes.
Ironically today is the 127th anniversary of Camille Poirer, applying for a patent on the Duluth Pack. The site says: On December 12, 1882, Camille filed for a patent on a new type of packsack. It was a canvas sack that closed with a buckled flap, had new-fangled shoulder straps in addition to the traditional tumpline, a revolutionary sternum strap and an umbrella holder (for portable shade in this newly cutover country.)
To learn about the history of Duluth Pack read here.
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