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Crow Girl: 1910

Crow Girl: 1910

Marion Gaynor, daughter of New York Mayor William J. Gaynor, and her pet crow "Pete" circa 1910. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Marion, an animal lover whose first of four marriages came when she was 16, died after a train hit her car at a Long Island grade crossing in 1944.

 

Crows

There was a crow that would come around my house years ago and eat out of our hands. We'd pet him (or her) and he'd make happy "purring" noises, and we'd give him pieces of tinfoil. They're wonderful, intelligent animals!

You will see things

Fascinating, just today I read that children in Imperial Rome kept crows as pets, and I found it hard to believe!

As Don Quixote told Sancho Panza: "You will see things"

[I had a pet crow when I was 17. - Dave]

 
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