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#15 - NORWAY

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

Norway - wooden shoe making, country wedding, fishing

"COPYRIGHT" Text Variations
There are three varieties (that I know of) in the "COPYRIGHT" text which appears on this card, as shown below. In all cases, the text appears in the lower left 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 (and is shown on the full-size card above).

Text reads: "PAINTING COPYRIGHTED 1893 ARBUCKLE BROS." This is the more common wording that appears on the cards in this series.
NOTE: Although the actual text (and overall text length) in this variety is identical to that of the first one shown, the structure and spacing of the lettering is different. In particular, compare the alignment of the second line of text in each variety, relative to the first line.

Text reads: "COPYRIGHT, 1893, BY ARBUCKLE BROS.N.Y." 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
Right section:
THE Scandinavians, comprising the inhabitants of the lands of Norway, Sweden and Denmark are of one race, yet each leads a distinctive national life. Each of these three countries has its own institutions, customs, sports and pastimes. They have many characteristics in common, and are as a rule, whole-souled, thrifty, industrious and good-natured. Although sober-minded, they readily give themselves up to innocent pleasure. In person, the Norwegian is a big blonde Hercules, raw-boned and strong.
The Norwegian Country Wedding is a pretty institution. The bridegroom on the wedding-morn mounts his steed which bears a bunch of flowers and a garland on the neck. He with a whip in his hand and a nose-gay on his blue jacket, mounts, and with an escort of friends starts for the home of his bride. At the entrance of the parish where she dwells a triumphal arch has been erected, and here a salute is fired from the guns which the friends of the groom carry. The wedding guests have gathered under the arch, and now lead the groom to a meadow owned by the bride's father. She lies hidden here behind the sheaves. When the groom finds her, the jovial company proceed to the house, where the ceremony is performed.
Fishing is not only a sport, but an industry in Norway, and the fish which are caught form a staple article of diet for the fisherman's wife and family. The peasant milkmaid is a picturesque figure in this land. She is to be found everywhere, and the products of her dairy are most dainty and appetizing.
Wooden shoes or sabots are much worn and the peasant who makes them is an interesting figure in every village.
While the Norwegians are not graceful, they are most devoted dancers, and spend night after night, often till broad daylight in that enjoyable exercise..

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