love this photo! :) Thanks for sharing as always! xo Holly
Hi Karen, I am much older than you, so I thought I'd shed some light on your puzzled? observation. When I was little, there was a manwho would walk his pony through neighborhoods and offer to take photos. My mother woke me from my nap to get mine taken. (I may have been 2 at the time.) Years later, my sister had hers done in full cowgirl attire. That was in the 1950's in Indiana, when households were lucky if they had ONE car, and ONE TV - that took 5 minutes for the tube to warm up - ah, memories!Thanks for prompting them : )
This is Sweet! I have 2 pictures simular, with my DDIL and Grand duaghter about the same age.
Back in the early 1950's a man would come into our neighborhood with his pony and take pictures of the kids sitting on his pony. Sometimes he would lead us around the yard, but usually we would just sit in the saddle and he would take our picture. I have several old photographs of this. We loved hearing his old truck pull onto our street, and sometimes his pony would whinney from inside the trailer. Mom would give me a carrot to feed him, and I always imagined that the pony remembered and was calling to me. It's a favorite memory of mine. Thanks for rekindling it!
What an adorable photo! Look at the studs on the pony's harness and reins--gorgeous! And the little girl looks so happy... what a sweetie!Thank you for sharing your stories, Linda and Holly. I had never heard of "traveling pony men" before, either!Thank you.: ) xoxo
I was going to tell the story of the man and the pony...but it's already been told. My theory is there is really only one Pony and one Man...and he walked all over the US taking pictures. I have one of my husband and one of his brother...it always looks like the same pony...lol shirley
Hi Karen, I grew up in Canada and the "same" man and pony travelled our neighborhood in Toronto taking pictures of all the kids. He must have have been very rich and very tired from all that walking.Thanks for all your inspiration.Joe-Anne
There is a whole book published just of kids and ponies. It's darling! I guess it was over printed because it's been available at remainder prices for a few years. Just check for "A Pony in the Picture: Vintage Portraits of Children and Ponies" by Victoria Randall Ponies as photo props is almost as old as photography!
Wow, thanks you guys for the explanation!! I didn't know anything about that. That man and his pony, really got around, didn't they?!! haha
I have the same picture of my aunt on a pony and it does look like the same pony.
Maybe the man with the pony just liked making little kids happy and make some money too. Sounds like he had a monopoly on the pony/picture gig. Seeing vintage pictures like this really helps rekindle warm memories, a reason for such a love for vintage. Thanks alot Karen
Ditto on the pony picture. I have one of me in the 50s and one of my father in the 30s. Karen, how about some sort of contest and we all send in our travelling pony pictures?
Great image thanks Karen - no , the 'pony man' did not get as far as my small town in New Zealand :-(.BlessingsMaxine
My siblings are quite a bit older than me and they had their pony pictures taken in the 40's. My Mom always said there we guys who take ponies around to take childrens pictures. Not sure why they were all pintos. Beth
I have pictures of my brother and sister on a similar pony, and 10 years later of me on the same pinto pony. This was in Connecticut. I wonder how the pony men got the photos back to the parents after they took them? They must have mailed them off after they developed them. I didn't know there was a book about this, I will have to find it.
Great picture! Thank you for sharing! And thanks anon commenter-I'm adding the book to my wishlist!
The man and his pony may have been re-generated! I have a photo of my daughter with the pony -taken in 1989 in Georgia. -Nancy
I have a picture of my mom on a pony taken in 1936. Same story, a man would show up in a neighborhood and take pictures of children on his pony. Must have been a good way to make a living because it went on for years based on the other comments above. There is a job suited for everyone...
When I was little I wanted a horse so bad I entered ANY contest that had free pony. Box tops, postcards no matter what ever it took. Dale Evans (I still have my DE cowgirl outfit ~ didn't fit when I got it ~didn't matter I could look at it ~ they can sell it when I die ~I'm 65) was my idol and Annie Oakley was next. I finally got my horses ( 3 of them) when I was grown and had 4 acres to put them on. Oh I wish there had been a man with pony come thru our city neighborhood when I was that age. I would have probably offered him my bedroom to move in with us and I would have slept with the pony. LOL Never did win a pony though. I love the pic thanks for the memories.Mary
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