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#37 - TURKEY

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

Turkey - lute playing, dancing girl, playing checkers

"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 along the left portion of the bottom edge 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: "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 Turk has been pictured to our Western imaginations in many contradictory ways, but not one of these has portrayed him in action, save in that of war. Then he is represented as fierce and relentless. The Turk takes his pleasure seriously. He is sober and sedate in his diversions, and prefers to be an onlooker.
In character he is grave and saturnine, pious to the extreme, brave yet pusilanimous, simple yet luxurious, and extremely indolent.
It is the custom of the Turks, when they entertain to dinner, and wish specially to honor their guests, to engage professional story-tellers, singers and dancers to entertain these, when the feast is ending. Decked in the graceful and filmy folds of their drapery, these latter make entrancing pictures, and the soft tones of the lute, added to the sinuous movements of these lithe girls, is ravishing to the senses.
Although not of Turkish origin, the game of checkers or draughts is an extremely popular pastime. It is no uncommon street sight to see two venerable bearded sheiks bent in deep abstraction over the engrossing board.
The favorite musical instrument of Turkey is the lute. This is extremely dulcet of sound, graceful of appearance, and charming and seductive of tone. It is shaped like the section of a pear, and in the hands of Oriental beauty adds irrestible witchery.
The land of the Moslem is the home of the harem. Within its secret walls, young maids disport. Here it is where they acquire proficiency in dancing.

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