Monday, January 27, 2014

Typical Cows

The Prints and Photographs collection at the Library of Congress preserves this artistic rendering of Typical Cows. It was published in 1904 for a purpose at once educational and ornamental.

The exotic beasts that follow are from a series first issued in the 1870s.

Below, a selection of 19th century American children  for whose nurseries the foregoing, colorful, inaccurate depictions of animal families would have been created.