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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Capricorns: 1929

Capricorns: 1929

September 5, 1929. "Wm. Hamilton Bones, Stimson Goat." Another shot of the tobacco-chewing goat owned by Secretary of State Henry Stimson. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Question

One can milk a billygoat?

[This is what you call being tricked into asking a trick question. - Dave]

Pvt. John Hale?

...
Actually Secretary Stimson's goat, the one attributed to him, which followed him from the Philippines, is in the White House stable. He, "Master William Hamilton Bones," in the care of Private John Hale, U. S. A., is reported to chew the blackest plug tobacco, which accounts for the brownness of his whiskers, to eat the horse's hay, to sit up on his haunches and "speak" in goatish gutturals.

Time Magazine, Sep 16, 1929

Dave, is that C and 12st SW on the signpole?

[Northwest. - Dave]

Thanks, I can't really make out the cross-street, however, according to the Baist Real Estate Atlas, The U.S. Quartermasters Garage and Stables were at C & 19th St NW. The building seen here in the background is nearly identical in design to that seen on the right-hand side of this Shorpy photo at C & 21st. A different view of the same building(?) or perhaps a common architectural style of generic federal office buildings at the time.

Whew!

I hope none of us readers ever needs to milk a goat, for whatever reason.

Wether or Not

So: it seems that the previous photo of W.H. Bones was taken at a "family-friendly" camera angle, whereas this view clears up that nagging question of gender and, er-uh, medical history.

 
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