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Archival Jockeys

  Earl Porter- Jockey at Rockingham N.H.    Shooting pool at Suffolk Downs   Jockey R. Workman on Time Supply Jockeys C. and Ira Hanford    Jockey Meade  Jockey R. Workman after winning the 5th Race, Suffolks Downs Photos courtesy Boston Public Library’s Flickr Commons photostream. 

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Archival Centaurs

It’s rare to find archival images of “ardent,” female polo enthusiasts. I don’t know much about this historic match but I do admire the lady player’s classic causal sporting garb. My favorite ensembles: slouchy cotton pullovers, soft collared polo shirts, wide flared jodphurs, boots and wide leather ring belts. Pony as low maintenance, offscreen accessory. …

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Archival Dog Collar: Danzig Bros.

As a kid, despite not owning a horse, I used to mail away for equestrian supply catalogs. I would browse through the pages of bits, bridles, silks and saddles, kitting out my imaginary Man O War with a full set of racing tack. Over time, horses morphed in bicycles, but I recently found a source …

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Archival Equines

Auzoux model of horse, life size. Specimen no. 2635 Cantering up to the summit of Whites Hill, Brisbane Ward says good by [i.e., goodbye] to Gen. Grant Two young ladies admire a horse at the racetrack Dobbs & Edwards Good friends Skijoring A shearer Barnum Bailey Show Horse powered wheat thresher Sheila Byrne on Harvey …

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Shopping From the Movies: National Velvet

A day later, I find myself browsing through the classic horse melodrama, National Velvet, shopping for summer outfits and home decorating inspiration. First, I’m caught offguard by the film’s challenging confluence of animal barn and guest bedroom. The Pie’s itinerant trainer, played by Mickey Rooney, lives in a tidy room which curiously merges with the …

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