boy riding donkey

boy riding donkey 1 This vintage real photo postcard features an image of a young boy riding a donkey. The boy is well dressed and is wearing a shirt and tie. He is seated on a saddle, holding the reins, and his feet are in the stirrups. Neither the boy nor the donkey appear happy. The reverse of the postcard identifies the boy as being Ralph W. Ruck and indicates that the boy was eight years old at the time of the photograph. Research reveals that Ralph was born in either 1906 or 1907 in Pennsylvania  (this dates the image to about 1914). The 1930 US census finds Ralph living in Middlesex, New Jersey with his parents and sister. A 1936 business directory lists Ralph as living in Somerville, Jew Jersey with his wife, Bertha S. Ruch. Social security information reports that Ralph died in 1994.. This postcard is addressed to a boy in Jamison City, Pennsylvania. The postcard paper was produced by AZO sometime between 1904 and 1918.  (SOLD)boy riding donkey 2

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Screen Shot 2019-04-23 at 11.46.52 PM This vintage photograph features a village in Vietnam. Note the thatched huts, the children sitting on logs in front of the huts, and the two boys riding water buffalo. This photograph is a stock photo. The stock photo industry became popular in the 1920’s. Stock photo agencies charge users to use stock photos in newspapers, magazines, websites, books, and other types of media. This photo of a Vietnamese village may have been used by journalistic or educational publications. The inclusion of water buffalos in this photograph, is a reminder of the importance of water buffalo in Vietnamese culture. The animal originated in Southeast Asia and is about seven feet tall and weighs about 2,500 pounds. They can run 30 miles per hour which is almost fast enough to escape their major predator, tigers. Water buffalo tend to be gentle and tame. They serve as a source of food, and power. They are used for transportation and for plowing fields. Unfortunately, water buffalo are an endangered species. There are only 4,000 of this species remaining in the wild. When I hear the words “water buffalo”, I think of the 1977 Houston Rockets. I was a rabid fan of the team and I remember that their front line was known as the “water buffalo”. Apparently, Moses Malone, Rudy Tomjanovich, and Kevin Kunnert, were considered so slow moving; that they were given the moniker of “the water buffalo”. This photograph measures about 7″ x 4 5/8″ and is in very good condition (see scans).


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lamb soldier

lamb soldier 2 A uniformed soldier sits against a fence and he is holding two adorable lambs on his lap. This is a study in contrast. A military warrior represents battle and lethality, while the young lambs represent peace and calm. Before anyone gets “up in arms”, I want to state that I know that soldiers can represent peace and protection. Note the soldier’s high boots. They appear to be for weather protection rather than for long marches. This snapshot photograph measures about 2 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ and is in very good condition.

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