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Tall-tale Postcard: Homeward Bound

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DESCRIPTION

Photomontage of a giant dog pulling an automobile across a landscape. The dog is running, causing the car, which is tethered to the dog's tail by a rope, to kick up dust and fly into the air. The words, "Homeward Bound," are imprinted at the bottom of the image field. There is no one sitting in the car.

RECORD DETAILS

Image ID: 44668

Creation Date: 1915 

Creator Name: Johnson, Alfred Stanley, Jr.

City: Waupun

County: Fond du Lac

State: Wisconsin

Collection Name: Exaggerated postcards, 1900-

Genre: Photograph

Original Format Type: negative, b/w copy

Original Format Number: (X3)32505

Original Dimensions: 5 x 4 inches

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

This image would have been scaled down and made into a postcard. Waupun catalog no. P122. Per an email from Wystan Stevens of Ann Arbor, MI 4/16/2010: This image illustrates a visual pun. The stereotype, of course, was the mutt dog with a tin can tied to its tail -- thus cruelly tortured by nasty boys. Only, in this instance, someone has affixed not a tin can, but a "Tin Lizzie" [Model T Ford], to the pooch's caudal appendage.

SUBJECTS

Animals

Arts

Automobile breakdowns

Automobiles

Dogs

Tall tales in art

Transportation

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