Beauty and the Beast

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A recent treasure to come into my hands is Beauty and the Beast: Human-Animal Relations as Revealed in Real Photo Postcards, 1905-1935 (2010) by Arnold Arluke and Robert Bogdan. You really can’t go wrong with this one. Above, a postcard from 1911, and below, one from 1908.

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You might expect the usual dogs and cats to show up in the lap of the owner, but they are only the beginning.

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Boy with pet owls, 1911

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Boxing great James Jeffries with lion cubs at the Chicago Zoo, 1921

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Girl with pony, 1909

These are just a few of my favorites; I am sure you will find yours somewhere in the more than 250 pages of this marvelous collection.

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