Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Winter's Here - Gentlemen, Start Your Autoboggans!!

Winter arrived here in Winnipeg over the weekend.  There is finally enough snow for everyone to break out their Autoboggans - the automatic tobaggan!!  Looks like a comfy ride!  Pictured here is the inventor of the Autoboggan, H.C. Paul.  I kid but the Autoboggan is actually the prototype for what eventually would become Polaris snowmobiles.  And Mr. Paul, among his many achievements, was inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame. 
Date: February 8, 1958
Source: University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections - Winnipeg Tribune fonds (PC 18, A.81-12), Box 12, Folder 421, Item 2


  1. Polaris snowmobiles had been built two years prior to this 1958 picture. Polaris did not use Mr. H.C. Paul's design as a prototype. But they did strike up a friendship and business relationship, where Polaris built snowmobiles for sale under the Autoboggan name and to be sold in Canada. I believe this lasted from 1959 to 1965. Very cool picture though.

  2. Thanks for the comment! I appreciate the fact checking.