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    Posted 7 years ago

    vetraio50
    (725 items)

    The third of the cards on the 'Milk Maid' or 'Melkmeisje' topic is this crowd scene on the road to market. Very staged. The same maids, assorted local extras and the man in uniform. This is my favourite of the three for sure.

    These 'Vlaamse melkmeisje' cards were very popular and I was lucky that Septimus and Clara Miller saw their appeal while they visited Belgium in 1907 and bought three.

    The third card has the added element of a policeman fining the young milkmaid.

    "Milk Girls had the bad reputation of diluting the milk with (impure) water. Therefore, the quality of the milk was controlled by the police. This situation was a favorite image for photographers. These are dozens of examples preserved and issued as postcards until after the Second World War.
    As the storage processes improved and dairies would buy the milk on the farm this profession systematically disappeared . "
    http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melkmeisje_(beroep)

    It seems that dog-carts were widespread on the Continent in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland well into the early twentieth century. They were displaced by the motorcar. Roads and country lanes were much more dangerous places with cars hurtling down them at break neck speed. Dog carts disappeared quickly but horses and mules still competed with the car on the roads to market.

    I have read that "Dog-carts were also used in Quebec, Canada around the same period, the wares including newspapers and water dispensed from a large keg. "

    These days we see images of working dogs and we think "cruel servitude". The reality is said to have been quite different and the majority of dogcart owners regarded their dogs as friends.

    This is a postcard No 120 published by Thomas van den Heuvel of Brussels

    There is a modern-day sport called 'carting' : an entertainment involving large dogs pulling dog carts. See the link below for some 'happy pix'(?)!

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      A quick link to the "carting" concept:
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carting
    2. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      VERY BEAUTIFUL POST CARD!!
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      The dogs look a little happier here. All the docs I've seen about dog sledding show the dogs happy & anxious to go. What is the diff. between using dogs for small carts as opposed to using mules, oxen, horses etc. for large loads? I've had quite a bit of experience with horses and they always seem perfectly willing & happy to let you get in the saddle & explore other places with you. Better than being stuck in a pasture! You can see the excitement in their eyes & their moves. Of course they love to play tricks because it's just in their individual personalities. (And each one has it's own personality). You just learn to be mutual friends but never forget who is the boss & sometimes, - it's the horse! LOL. The stories I could tell!!
    4. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks SEAN, MCHECONI, MANIKIN, AGHCOLLECT, BLUNDERBUSS, PHIL, ..... 'N GARY too!!!!!!
    5. racer4four racer4four, 7 years ago
      Well said BB! I agree that if the dogs have been bred to pull carts they should; any working dog is happiest working!

      Great card Kevin.
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks KAREN!!!!
    7. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MIKELV!!!!
    8. toracat toracat, 7 years ago
      Dogs pull wheelchairs also! Policeman has a bobby type hat!
    9. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks DON!!!
    10. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 7 years ago
      Tora, you aren't the only one to notice that.
    11. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 7 years ago
      love it....................
    12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks DON, BLUNDERBUSS, GEO, WALKSOFTLY, RADEGRUNDER, TREY, ROYCROFTBOOKSFROMME 'n VIRGINIAVINTAGE too!!!!
    13. Roycroftbooksfromme1, 7 years ago
      your postcard collection is second to none.........
    14. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 7 years ago
      Nice collection. Love seeing these old postcards and reading the history about them.
    15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ROYCROFTBOOKSFROMME> SHAREURPASSION 'n PETEY too!!!
    16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ELISABETHAN!!!
    17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks AMBER!!!
    18. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MIKELV !!!!!
    19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks TOM!!!
    20. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      Just popped back to say Hi :-) and hope all is well with you as you have been very busy scanning :-) xo
    21. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Hi Mani! All is OK. I have been getting a new lot of cards together. Decided to do the Paris cards. Taking my time getting it all sorted out. Only half way through. There are lots of cards.
    22. Manikin Manikin, 7 years ago
      You must have hit the jack pot :-) I just wanted to wish you a good day also !
    23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks GARY 'n TOM too!
    24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks ELISABETHAN!!!!
    25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks NORDICMAN !!!!!
    26. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 years ago
      Many thanks MIKKO !!!!!!!!!
    27. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks NIKKI, SOUTHCOP & GARGOYLECOLLECTOR !!!!!
    28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 5 years ago
      Many thanks WINDWALKER !!! !!!! !!!
    29. dlpetersen, 3 years ago
      Very nice, I like jump and look at other collections too, but I enjoy coming back to yours, Thank You.
    30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks POSTCARDCOLLECTOR & NH10 !!!
    31. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks NH10 ! !!! !!! !!! !
    32. purvis purvis, 3 years ago
      Love this post card . Enjoyed looking through your collection on glass and pottery . When a object is pleasing to the eye it gives joy to the Hart .
    33. vetraio50 vetraio50, 3 years ago
      Many thanks PURVIS & MANIKIN !!!!!!

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