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SPORTS AND PASTIMES OF ALL NATIONS
#13 - RUSSIA

Size: 5" x 3"
Copyrighted: 1893
Lithographer: Kaufmann & Strauss

Russia - Christmas, sledding, sleigh riding

"COPYRIGHT" Text Variations
There are two varieties (that I know of) in the "COPYRIGHT" text which appears on this card, as shown below. In both cases, the text appears in the lower right corner of the card.

Text reads: "PAINTING COPYRIGHTED 1893 ARBUCKLE BROS." This is the more common wording that appears on the cards in this series.

Text reads: "COPYRIGHT, 1893, BY ARBUCKLE BROS.N.Y." (This is the variety shown on the full-size card above.) This is a less common wording that's only known to appear on a limited number of cards in this series.
(For an overview of the copyright variations in Sports & Pastimes, click here.)

Reverse - Text
Left section: GRIND YOUR COFFEE AT HOME
Right section:
RUSSIA.
AS FAR as it is possible to define the characteristics of a nation spreading over such vast territory, the Russians are hospitable, charitable, tender-hearted, yet eminently practical. They are fond of nature too, more the creatures of sentiment than of conviction, patient, inclined to fatalism and remarkable sociable.
It is this last quality which makes the observation of Christmas so great a pleasure in anticipation. Early in November, the coming celebration is projected. Among the rich, one hospitable mansion of the circle is selected, and this becomes the scene of the festivities which last from Christmas Eve till Twelfth Night. Six nights and days of joyous misrule ensue. A general feature of these games is the advent of parties of maskers, who go from house to house, disguised as characters from the nativity of Christ, especially as the Three Wise Men. These recite religious verses, entertain the company variously, and enjoy welcome hospitality.
The sleighs and sledges of the Russians, with the bell-hoops over the horses, and the gay plumes waving in the wind, are the most picturesque vehicles imaginable.
Russian boys and girls are not satisfied with the sleds the youth of other lands mainly use. They employ huge bob-sleds wherewith to coast. These are sometimes long enough to accomodate parties of fifteen and twenty each. Russian children never lie on their sleighs belly-whopper. They always sit.
A universal Russian institution is the samovar. A cup of tea from this--tea comes overland to Russia--is said to be divine. The samovar is the sign manual of Russian hospitality, and stands ever ready for use, in every Russian home.

NOTE: To see non-Arbuckle usage of this supposedly copyrighted Arbuckle illustration,
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