Saturday, May 25, 2013

Moo! Vintage postcard of cows from Belle Isle Zoo in Michigan

Joan and I have returned from three days of happy meandering across central Pennsylvania. So I thought this old postcard featuring cows, one of the items we found during this trip, would be quite appropriate.

The card was postmarked in March 1912 in Detroit, Michigan. The following caption is printed on the back:
1242 — THE SACRED COWS OF INDIA, one of the very many interesting species of animals to be found in Belle Isle Zoo. From time immemorial the Hindoos of India have worshipped the Sacred Cow.
Belle Isle Nature Zoo still exists and is part of the Detroit Zoo. It does not appear that cows are still among the animals to be found there. There are, however, fallow deer, many types of turtles and Chilean Conception Spiders (which pretty much rules out any possibility of an Otto Family Visit).

Meanwhile, the message on the back of this vintage postcard is written in tight and tiny cursive. The card was addressed to Mrs. Leroy J. Skinner of Potter Brook in Tioga County, Pennsylvania. The message states:
"Detroit, Mich. Mar. 12th, 1912. Dear Mother, Just a line to say Hello! Everything fine. Quite a snow-fall here last night. Hope all at home are well. Will write later. Address me 425 Hammond Bldg. until further notice. Take good care of yourself. 'Snug' winter weather here. Very best wishes. [Signature unreadable.]"

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