He made snowshoes so well and so conscientiously that people like Admiral Byrd used them on his polar expeditions. Stores like L. L. Bean in Maine (whom you can't kid about these things) and Abercrombie & Fitch in New York (who don't fool easily either) selected Mr. Tubbs's snowshoes for their customers.
One really great thing about the snowshoe is that it's so easy to get acquainted with. A ski takes a lot of learning, but a snowshoe is your baby from the word go. Whether you use the Trapper, the Michigan Alaska or the Bear Paw, you can strap a pair on your feet after a little practice to get used to walking on them and set forth with all the assurance in the world that you'll reach your destination. No fancy tricks here.
A snowshoe will give you at best a five-mile-per-hour momentum. But what you see sort of makes up for the lack of all that 20th century, Scandinavian speed you get with skis. The Indians and the Eskimos knew what they were up to.