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#18 - TYROL

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

Tyrol - mountain climbing, archery, bears

"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 left corner of the card.

Text reads: "PAINTING COPYRIGHTED 1893 ARBUCKLE BROS." and is 27mm long.

Text reads: "PAINTING COPYRIGHTED 1893 ARBUCKLE BROS." and is 30mm long. (This is the variety shown on the full-size card, above).
(For an overview of the copyright variations in Sports & Pastimes, click here.)

Reverse - Text
Right section:
THE Tyrolese are twin brothers to the Swiss, and inhabit the southern Alps. Their land is one of mountains too, but unlike in Switzerland there are few cities. Simple peasants, brave and fearless are the Tyrolese mountaineers. The annals of their country through centuries, tell of their patriotic struggles against the innummerable armies of Austria. The names of their heroes and martyrs form a proud record. It is from these heroes the Tyrolese have sprung, and they preserve the virtues of their ancestors. Besides they are jovial, rollicking and good-natured.
Bears are not infrequent throughout Tyrol. These animals although large and strong, are not very ferocious nor formidable. It is the delight of the Tyrolean to capture them alive, and then to place them in bear-pits. These are specially constructed to frustrate their escape, and to allow spectators to witness their antics. Bears are very amusing animals, and when captured young, can be taught many amusing and remarkable tricks.
These mountaineers are very musical. Each valley has its own melodies. Shepherds and dairymaids all seem endowed with splendid voices. Even the children learn to give the notes on their mountain horns with mellifluous effect.
Mountain-climbing is universal, and the natives become so sure-footed that climbs which might seem impossible to us, are continuously undertaken and without regard to danger.
The Schuetzenfest is a yearly meeting to shoot for prizes. To the marksmen of this country skill becomes second nature and the rifle is almost magically obedient to their touch. Prizes won at such contests are held in highest esteem.
The Tyrolese are wonderful wood-carvers and their quaint clocks, crucifixes and ornaments find admiration everywhere.

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