By Arluke A., Bogdan R.
From fairy stories to images, nowhere is the complexity of human-animal relationships extra obvious than within the artistic arts. artwork illuminates the character and value of animals in glossy, Western concept, taking pictures the complex union that has lengthy existed among the animal country and us. In attractiveness and the Beast, authors Arluke and Bogdan discover this courting during the specific lens of photograph postcards. This visible medium bargains a huge and comparatively untapped archive to rfile their topic compellingly. the significance of photograph postcards is going past their abundance. well-known because the humans s images, photograph postcards have been in most cases taken through photographers who have been a part of the group they have been photographing. Their intimacy with the folk and locations they captured ended in a vernacular list of the lifestyles and occasions of the interval unavailable in other forms of images. Arluke and Bogdan use those postcards to inform the tale of human-animal family within the usa from nearly 1905 to 1935. in the course of those years, american citizens skilled profound alterations that altered their reference to animals and inspired perceptions and therapy of them this present day. Wide-ranging in scope, attractiveness and the Beast seems on the number of roles animals performed in society, from pets and employees to symbols and prey. The authors talk about the contradictions, dualisms, and paradoxes of our dating to animals, illustrating how animals have been distanced and embraced, commoditized and anthropomorphized. With over 350 illustrations, this e-book offers a shiny chronicle of the deep cultural ambivalence that characterised human-animal family within the early 20th century and that maintains at the present time.
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Additional info for Beauty and the Beast Human-Animal Relations as Revealed in Real Photo Postcards, 1905-1935
1906. Don and Newly Preziosi Coll. predators of the local rodent population around homes, barns, markets, stores, and stables. Although many cats were treated as marginal pets, or even neglected, there were devoted cat lovers, too (Grier 2006). Because cats were difficult to pose and more taken for granted than dogs, there are relatively few real photo postcards of cats. 14 is unusual in that it was taken at a photographer’s studio. The woman in the picture obviously adored her cats. Dogs and cats had many progeny.
We will discuss farm animals and their ambiguous pet status later in the chapter. Class differences between owners resulted in different methods of pet care and maintenance. What pets ate and where they slept varied. Although canned dog food did not become widely available until after the postcard era, dry food, dog biscuits, and other manufactured eatables were available, and people who had disposable income bought them. Working-class dog owners let their dogs roam and scavenge for food or eat table or cooking scraps (Grier 2006).
14. Woman with cats, ca. 1912. B. Nelson Coll. 10. The Belgian hare is actually a rabbit. 15. Sheepdog litter, ca. 1916. Ralph DeLuca Coll. 16. Jones, “Home of the Belgian Hare,” National, California, ca. 1917. M. Maslan Coll. farms were common during the postcard era. 16 shows a family-run Belgian-hare farm in California. Exotic animals such as monkeys also became pets. For most of the nineteenth century, these animals were brought home by seamen and given as gifts or sold. By the end of the century pet stores were stocking imported animals that had been caught in the wild (Grier 2006).