Monadnock Moments No. 40: The Long Reach Skates
Mr. Whelpley was the inventor of the Long Reach Skate that was marketed across the country. An 1893 catalogue for the company pictured 20 different models ranging from 60¢ to $6.00 per pair. These skates were not like ice skates of today, however. The skater did not slide their foot into the skate, but fastened the blades to their own shoes.