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    Aug122009

    Ride 'em Cowgirls, Remembering the Traveling Photographer

    In the days when California suburbs welcomed the Helms' Bread truck and the Ice Cream van cruising the neighborhood to the tune of their company jingle, it was not uncommon to see a pony being led along the streets by an traveling photographer similarily looking for a little business from the housebound housewives.

    My mother and aunt remember the photographer and his pony who had a regular route through their Anaheim neighborhood. For a small fee, he would hoist excited children to the back of his patient pony and snap their photograph. Mothers could order prints to be delivered at a later time, and no doubt many were tempted to buy the deluxe versions hand-colored and enlarged in the photographer's studio.

    Frances and Susie Brown, Anaheim, about 1938.

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    Reader Comments (3)

    That is one beautiful photo, appears to be exceptionally well preserved. What a wonderful thing, so many of my photos are water damaged from numerous hurricanes. Thanks for sharing.
    August 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCarol
    What a beautiful, beautiful photo of yesteryear!
    August 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCaroline Pointer
    Such a beautifully colored photo! Thanks so much for sharing the picture and the story!
    August 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWendy Littrell
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