January 16, 2013

Vintage Traveling Pony Photographs

A large box of photos was sent to my friend from a family member, thinking perhaps she would become the keeper of the families years of pictures.  They were wrong, she removed several photos  and will send the box of photos on to the next relative.  

Knowing how much I enjoy vintage photos she allowed me to sift through the box of photos before it was sent on.  

My mother told me stories about  traveling photographers who led a pony or a donkey through the streets seeking mothers who wanted their child's picture taken for a small fee. The photographer would provide cowboy paraphernalia for the photo. A very patient pony stood still while the photographer hoisted the child onto the saddle of the pony. The photos would be deliver after a few days.

Is this adult lady sitting on a donkey?
This pretty pony hasa very pretty bridle.
This is one fancy pony.

What would happen if a traveling photographer followed by a pony showed up in neighborhoods in this day and age?  

I was born in the 1950's, and the pony photographer didn't come around anymore, I think I feel cheated!



  1. I had never heard of that before. Sounds like fun. Would probably be reported to animal welfare authorities these days!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  2. They never came to our doors either and I am older.

  3. I have a photo of me sitting on a pony at London Zoo. I might add looking as miserable as sin.

  4. So fun. You have taught us all something new. I have never heard of the pony photographer, but I do still chase the ice cream truck with my kids so I surely would get my photo on a pony if I had the opportunity! Thanks for your fun comment.

  5. The lady is sitting side saddle on a mule (donkey Papa X horse Mama = mule). Lovely photo!