One of the reasons I created this blog was to record the importance of model horses, and real horses, in the lives of children and adults during the twentieth century. This is the second in a series of posts about real horse photos that turned up in some old albums from the 1920s through 1950s. Had the pictures not been rescued, the images of these horses might have been lost forever.
The old photograph albums my friend rescued from an estate sale in Southern California a few months ago, contained many pictures of children and ponies. Some of the pictures had names written on the backs; these did not, as far as I know.
Judging from the way the children are dressed, it was a chilly day in Minnesota or South Dakota, where the family farm was located in the 1920s-1930s.
The pony helped keep the family cats warm. And vice versa.
I think the pony's eyes are closed! (Is this bliss? Or a prayer that the cats don't start to fall off and use their claws to hang on?)
(Many thanks to Melanie Teller for letting me scan these equine/feline images for posterity. The photo album has now been given to a local history museum for safekeeping!)
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