Who Were They?

Lost and forgotten photos from the past

Sometimes I think if it wasn’t for Sepia Saturday I would never acquire more old photos. Then I realize that’s just plain crazy talk, but that’s beside the point. One thing I like about Sepia Saturday is it makes me consider what the prompt images mean, or how they inspire me. This week’s prompt image shows a couple gypsy caravan type wagons, advertising birds, beasts and reptiles! After a good long search through the bin at my antique shop source, I have beasts and birds, even a fish image, but no reptiles. Enjoy.

Big Horn Sheep, Banff, Canada

Big Horn Sheep, Banff, Canada

This is a nice real photo postcard, probably part of a set showing wildlife of Canada. Note the number 42 in the lower right corner.

Climb aboard, kiddies

Climb aboard, kiddies

Here’s a snapshot on really flimsy paper showing three small children on a horse being held by a woman. They are quite obviously in a barnyard or stable yard. The roof of a building is hidden in the trees behind the children.

Beasts 3

Checking on the herd

Beasts 4

Bountiful Bossy

Here are two images of a woman and cattle. In the upper image there is a small child just behind her left shoulder out in the field with her. You can see a barbed wire fence and then a stone fence in the distance. The lower image shows a woman holding her bucket of milk from her cow. The photo was taken in a dooryard, it seems. You can see the house in the background.

Beasts 5

Stereoscopic image, Ruins of Cana in Gallilee

Beasts 6

Stereoscopic image, California Partirdges

Beasts 7

Stereoscopic image, #497 A fine string of black bass

Beasts 8

Stereoscopic image, #777 Group of Quails, Kilburn Brothers, Littleton, New Hampshire


And, last but not least….

Beasts 1


Some people call these travel trailers a caravan. :-)

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Join the wagon train

13 thoughts on “Beasts of burden

  1. Wendy says:

    That is one tall horse the three children are on. If he bucked, they had a long way to fall.


  2. I have a few similar photos of my grandmother on the farm with the family horse. I’m sure that in the old days, the plow horse, the milk cow, the goats, etc. were considered family too and deserving of getting their likeness preserved in a photograph.
    A trailer though was just a house on wheels.


  3. Sharon says:

    What year is “our car & trailer”? In Australia, we would call that a caravan.


  4. anyjazz says:

    You found some really interesting photographs for this week’s Sepia Saturday. The children on a horse is my favorite. It is on thin paper stock probably because it was originally mounted on a cardboard backing like a cabinet card. But that is just a guess.


  5. kristin says:

    “Our car & trailer” makes me wish I could go out traveling in a trailer through the mountains. Perfect weather here today.


  6. postcardy says:

    I wish I knew of an antique shop source here with a bin of interesting old photographs!


    1. Mrs Marvel says:

      This place even has tons of old postcards, you’d be in heaven!


  7. Little Nell says:

    I too would like a bin of old photos to rummage through! You found some great examples for us today; what a pity we can’t see the steroscopic images as they were meant to be viewed.


  8. Bob Scotney says:

    Your trailer would be a caravan in England too. I visit the local flea market when I can but haven’t come across anything as interesting as these cards.


  9. gluepot says:

    Another great collection of images, thank you. I’ve had to curtail my spending on old photos too, but the temptation is never far away.

    We have those California Partridges with the funny feather forelocks running wild here in New Zealand. I read that they were first imported here by acclimatisation societies from California in 1865.


  10. Joan says:

    Great collection of pictures from the bighorn sheep to the car and trailer (yes, to me it’s a trailer too). Rarely have I seen 5 bighorn sheep in one picture —so that was really a treat. Here is one of my favorite pictures of a bighorn sheep taken by one of my first yard boys, turned photographer:http://byrds-eye-photography.com/shop/viewitem.php?productid=62. Opps, I hope I haven’t violated some Sepia convention by posting this link — but the pose and eyes of this bighorn really spoke to me. Thanks for some great picturs.


  11. lulubelleliz says:

    What a fascinating find. I never see old photos when I go shopping. I really enjoyed your collection. I think I like Bountiful Bossy. House cows were such an important part of farm life even when I was small.


  12. What a great collection! :)


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