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Posted 2 years ago


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According to the inscription on the back, this is a photo of Adah Marie Stewart on August 30, 1909. It states:
I am five years old
My mules are four months old. (notice she (or whoever wrote this) ran out of room and split the word: mon
ths old)
Her name is at the bottom.
I assume her mom or someone else actually wrote this for her.
I found this while going through old family photos and my family genealogy put together by my father. The Stewarts are on my fathers mothers side.
The B&W photo measures 6-5/8 inches by 4-1/2 inches and is adhered to a cardboard stock card, 9 inches by 7-1/8 inches x 0.11 inches (2.84 mm) thick.
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  1. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    Thanks Scott for the appreciation.
  2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
    Judging by the age of the kid, I think they are donkeys. Mules are usually very tall.
  3. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    Thanks bottle-bud, vetraio50 & BELLIN68 for the appreciation.
  4. pw-collector pw-collector, 2 years ago
    Thanks blunderbuss2 for the appreciation.
    I just listed what was on the photo.
    I found this on wikipedia:
    With its short thick head, long ears, thin limbs, small narrow hooves, and short mane, the mule shares characteristics of a donkey; in height and body, shape of neck and croup, uniformity of coat, and teeth, it appears horse-like; the mule comes in all sizes, shapes and conformities. There are mules that resemble quarter horses, huge draft mules, fine-boned racing mules, shaggy pony mules and many more types.
    A mule does not sound exactly like a donkey or a horse. Instead, a mule makes a sound that is similar to a donkey's but also has the whinnying characteristics of a horse (often starts with a whinny, ends in a hee-haw). Sometimes, mules whimper. The coats of mules come in the same varieties as those of horses. Common colors are sorrel, bay, black, and grey. Less common are white, roans (both blue and red), palomino, dun, and buckskin. Least common are paint mules or tobianos.
    The mule possesses the even temper, patience, endurance and sure-footedness of the donkey, and the vigor, strength and courage of the horse. Operators of working animals generally find mules preferable to horses: mules show more patience under the pressure of heavy weights, and their skin is harder and less sensitive than that of horses, rendering them more capable of resisting sun and rain. Their hooves are harder than horses', and they show a natural resistance to disease and insects. Many North American farmers with clay soil found mules superior as plow animals.
    Mules are generally less tolerant towards dogs than horses are.[citation needed] They are also capable of striking out with any of their hooves in any direction, even sideways if needed.[citation needed]
    Mules exhibit a higher cognitive intelligence than their parent species. This is believed to be the result of hybrid vigor, similar to how mules acquire greater height and endurance than either parent.[8]
    Mules are highly intelligent. They tend to be curious by nature. A mule generally will not let the rider put it in harm's way.[citation needed]
    [edit]Color and size variety
    Mules come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors, from minis under 50 lb (20 kg) to maxis over 1,000 lb (500 kg), and in many different colors. Mules from Appaloosa mares produce wildly colored mules, much like their Appaloosa horse relatives, but with even wilder skewed colors. The Appaloosa color is produced by a complex of genes known as the Leopard complex (Lp). Mares homozygous for the Lp gene bred to any color donkey will produce an Appaloosa colored mule.

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