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#30 - MEXICO

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

Mexico - burro riding, gambling, harp playing, masked ball

"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 at the bottom center of the card.

Text reads: "PAINTING COPYRIGHTED 1893 ARBUCKLE BROS." and is 27mm long. (This is the variety shown on the full-size card, above).

Text reads: "PAINTING COPYRIGHTED 1893 ARBUCKLE BROS." and is 28mm long.
(For an overview of the copyright variations in Sports & Pastimes, click here.)

Reverse - Text
Right section:
MEXICO is a land of most wonderful contrasts. The wealth of the soil nevertheless leaves the peasantry abjectly poor. This is also partly due to the disinclination for work prevalent everywhere. The climate is nearly torrid, and has much to do with the national sloth. But the bounty of nature is so lavish that none need to suffer hunger. The rich live in great state in Mexico. The Mexicans are of Spanish descent, and like that people love pageants and religious ceremonials.
One of the features of Mexican life, are the public masked balls. Into the celebration of these all classes enter with a spirit of enjoyment and the result to all is a most joyous time. Great ingenuity is displayed in masks and costumes, and originality is rather the rule than the exception.
The harp is the national musical instrument. It is played with exquisite skill, and even the ragged mendicant evokes therefrom ravishing melodies. So sensitive are the Mexicans to the power of the harp's music, that its playing provokes if not always a dance at least the unconscious swaying of the body.
The "burro" or donkey, the most patient and gentle of animals is universal throughout Mexico. He is the pet of the children and these ride him almost from infancy, even without halter or bridle. Sad to say, they use a club to guide the animal, and do not hesitate to thump him often on the side of the head.
The mustang is the Mexican horse. He is wild by nature and must be caught and trained for the saddle. The Mexicans are expert trainers, and consequently these horses become most splendid animals for use and pleasure.
The Mexicans are born gamblers, wherever three or four of them may gather, they will readily find the time and place for a game.

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