(from Lewiston Evening Journal, Jan 29 1938, page A-7)

Maine Youngsters Have Fun With Kick-Sled

A contrivance which is becoming popular with youngsters in Maine during the winter is the kick-sled. Perhaps you have seen or even used one. It has long been in use in several northern Maine towns, but Monson seems to be the "home" on this fun-producing apparatus. It is not uncommon to see a dozen or more kick-sleds on the streets of Monson, and they are used by grown-ups as well as the youngsters.

A kick-sled consists mostly of two runners with a chair-like affair fastened to them. It is about five feet long, and the operator stands erect behind the chair, keeps one foot on a runner and propels the kick-sled with the toe and heel of his free foot.

It operates best on a hard-surfaced, snow-covered road, but any well-packed snow trail is prime for it. At kick-sled sliding "parties", a boy stands on his favorite sled, his girl friend sits on the seat, and down hill they shoot to the bottom. On the level it becomes a matter of "kicking" to keep the light-weight sled in motion.

One will marvel at the speed which Monson boys and girls attain with a kick-sled. The sled's activities are not limited to sport: one is often pressed into use to carry bundles of groceries.

A beginner at "kicking" finds that it is good exercise, especially for the leg muscles; and it is only by constant practice that anyone gains any great degree of skill. Once mastered, the user of a kicksled is in his element when snow covers the ground, for he can propel a sled two or three times as fast as a person walks, and it is good fun too.

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