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A Pony in the Picture: Vintage Portraits of Children and Ponies Hardcover – September 1, 2007

4.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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* A sweetly evocative collection of 120 photographic portraits of children and ponies, spanning 1880 to 1990. * Chronicles the use of ponies as "props" in children's portraiture, and documents the development of photography and the popularity of keepsake photos over more than a century. * All the photographs were taken in the United States and Canada, with striking exceptions from Burma, Buenos Aires, and Great Britain. * A perfect gift for horse lovers and vintage photography collectors.

About the Author

VICTORIA RANDALL was a horse-crazy little girl who grew up to be the executive director of the Eureka Theatre in San Francisco. She is also a collector and historian of antique equine art. She lives in El Sobrante, California, with one man, one dog, one cat, and two horses, of course.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580088813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580088817
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.6 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #832,372 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I recommend this book. It was so much fun to look at those old photographs and see how happy the children looked. I wondered how many of those children wished they had ponies of their very own and just for a moment they got to pretend they did. Those old photo's are a treasure. There is also an interesting explanation about the different photographic processes of the day. The only negative thing I could about the book is that I wish it was longer.
After my mom passed away in 1985 I found a wonderful photo of her that was taken in the very early 1930's on one of those traveling photographer ponies. She has such a big smile on her face and looks so cute. I have it framed and sitting atop a bookcase in our house.
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You've just GOT to love this book!

As evidenced by these truly, exceptional photographs, "A Pony in the Picture" has been assembled with a keen eye for nuance and an affectionate yet historical sensibility, I can't imagine a child or adult who wouldn't cherish this wonderful collection of rare, vintage pictures, featuring kids and ponies.

MY Christmas shopping is now, officially DONE! I'm buying a copy for every horse and animal lover I know and suggest you do the same.

Ms. Randall, take a bow.
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A wonderful book to look at for adults and children alike. Some adults can have a walk down memory lane when looking at the photos and some people will be given a history lesson of how important horses were in our lives for both pleasure and work.
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This is a very clever and compelling subject for a photography book. Taking a common experience many children have, that is sitting on or riding a pony, this collection of photographs of those moments is tremendous fun, and beautifully done.
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I purchased this book for my sister who loves Horses and has since she was little. The book is filled with fabulous pictures that keep you smiling and warm your heart. Recommended for anyone!
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Well-written with many quality photographs that give the reader a look into the past, and at a childhood tradition that is all but forgotten in modern times.
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By dragonfly on January 21, 2014
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Beautiful little book. Kids look gentle and kind, different from today! Love little books like this for my guests to enjoy.
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I am enjoying the book. I sit down on the couch and look through it again and again. I only wish there were more pictures.
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