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Caprine Caper: 1904

Caprine Caper: 1904

New York circa 1904. "Goat carriages in Central Park." The sullen tots last glimpsed here. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.


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Ludwig van Beethoven

... watching the fun!

Looks like they had no overweight problems in 1904.

These early 1900's photos tell a story about the average weight of the people. I see mostly slim and fit men and women from that time.

Large format photos really stand out.

I like how this shot looks like a 3d photo but without the glasses. A large 30x40" print would feel like you walked into the scene.

It's not the heat

... it's the stupidity. Or so they say in New Orleans. In this case, I'm betting it was a hot, humid day. The squinty faces say it all; even the goats are longing for a pair of sunnies to wear.

Best pals

I like that in both pictures the two girls in front of the man in the white hat have their arms around each other. Best buds or maybe sisters.

Maybe class structure

In coach No. 2 you have the daughters of privilege. They sit in passenger seats because they are accustomed to being chauffeured. In coach No. 1 you have children of the middle class. They assume they'll have to drive themselves.

Neither coachman looks all too excited about his job.

Capra Hircus Aromaticity

I think I know why these "tots" are sullen. Have you ever been downwind of a goat?

The other half lived

at least. They may have reason to be sullen: 1904 was a bad year for children in New York, some of them, anyway.

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