Born in Darlington, England in 1856, the son of the famed carriage maker, Ted Hansom learned handling horses as a boy. He came to this country in 1876 and soon made a name for himself as a prodigious clipper of horses, still holding the record of shearing one by hand machine in 14 minutes. During World War I Hansom served as an aerial photographer, and soon thereafter began a career during which his lens caught more famous horses than any other photographer in his time. His famous "snapshot" at the old Brooklyn Parkway of fourteen pacers racing with every hoof off the turf was reproduced by the thousands. Ted Hansom died in Little Neck, Long Island, New York at age 85.
Published in the Harness Racing Museum's 1994 book, The Immortals