As Christmas winds down and the ornaments get put back in their boxes for next year, HN historian Lorraine Jackson takes one last look at horsey holiday cheer.
I’m dreaming of a black-and-white Christmas. The kind that’s scratched and faded and filled with historic horsey goodness. I’m not ready for Christmas to be over, and hopefully you’re not either. Here are 10 amazing photographs of how horses have infiltrated our holidays for eons, and given Christmas that crisp nostalgic sparkle and charm of another era. Of a sweeter, simpler life.
2. A Horse Christmas in Washington, D.C., 1919. Sign reads “Free Christmas Dinner for Horses. Hot Coffee for Drivers. 12th and Little B Streets. All Welcome”. The tree is decorated with cobs of corn, apples and carrots.