SERIES: Pictorial History of the Sports and Pastimes of All Nations
SCENES: Horse and carriage, lion and tiger hunting, frolicsome monkey, dancing girl
SIZE: 3" x 5"
ARTIST: Not signed, but reportedly Frances Brundage
LITHOGRAPHER: Kaufman & Strauss
CONDITION: Very good+, I'd say. This card is only lightly soiled with slightly worn edges and corners. There are small creases across both the upper and lower left corners. (Please see scans.)
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REVERSE TEXT: INDIA
THE land of India is a vast territory inhabited by one of the oldest races on earth. The history of the race antedates its earliest annals. Its climate is a warm one, ranging in the north from temperate to tropic in the south. Its territory is vast, but in most parts the seasons are salubrious and pleasant. Before the conquest of India by England, to which power it is now tributary, many kingdoms ruled by native princes comprised the region now known by the name.
The natives are an easy going people, fond of simple pleasures, frugal and industrious, yet dazzled by pomp and splendor.
Hunting the lion and tiger on tame elephants is the favorite chase. Howdahs are constructed on their backs--these are elaborate seats covered by awnings and give a splendid point of vantage. The sagacious and well-trained animals are driven to the jungle, and soon start the ferocious game. Neither the lion nor the tiger will retreat, but rather springs to the attack, and often makes frightful ravages ere he is slain.
The mendicant monks or dervishes of India furnish much amusement to the mischievously inclined. Our picture shows a frolicsome monkey snatching the turban from the head of one of these. The monkeys of this country are numerous and bold and have become nuisances in many districts.
The dancing-girls of India, like the Nautch girls of neighboring Hindoostan are remarkably graceful and furnish much pleasure at the entertainments of the natives.
One of the favorite methods of riding and transportation in India is by means of a very high two-wheeled vehicle partly supported over the back of the horse which propels it. When meant for pleasure this carriage is beautifully finished. In some of the provinces of India, athletics are employed as a factor in education.