American Dog Derby

1917 to 1922

Photo Collection Of Early Dog Derby in Chronological Order

Real Photo Postcard (RPPC) of Lydia Hutchinson and her dog team. 1922 was Lydia's first American Dog Derby. She would later entrance the American public with her youthful beauty, enthusiasm, and charm and, more than any other personality, make the American Dog Derby a worldwide media sensation. She later reaches celebrity status even though she never wins the American Dog Derby. Promoters began using her image and her story to promote the American Dog Derby even before this, her first race. Some stories written about "Whistlin Lyd" in the national press were clearly fictional. In other stories of romance and rivalry among mushers', it's not so clear.
Neal C. Wickham