Sunday, August 8, 2010

What An A$$ #1

Donkey 1

Postmarked 18 May 1909
Wahoo, NE


I am going to come home Friday. Mr. Walton said that I could if I got my work so I shall be very busy from now on. Hope we can go to the play. How can we manage it? I am so anxious. I just got ready for the class play. I am afraid that it is going to rain. Coming soon?????? B.E.S.
I have a number of postcards from the first decade of the 1900s featuring donkeys. It's a little mystifying to me why their images were so popular. I don't have anything against donkeys, mind you! I just wish I understood the symbolism. On this card, the idea of of packing for a trip combined with a pack mule/donkey makes sense, but others don't have such a clear meaning. I'll share some more with you in future entries!

Don't you wonder what kind of work B.E.S. did? And what kind of plays she was involved in?


Christine H. said...

It is mysterious. I can't explain it either. I am reading a book entitled, Life and Death are Wearing Me Out. It's given me a whole new perspective on donkeys :)

Aimee Dars said...

I hadn't heard of that book, so I looked it up on Amazon - sounds interesting, but I think the review gave it all away!

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