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

Lapland - hunter, blind man's bluff, reindeer sledding

"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 left corner 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:
A WINTER of nine months is the portion of Lapland. The Lapps dwell very far north in Europe, and the general aspect of their country is forbidding. The people of this country and of Finland, to whom they are nearly allied, are a hardy and courageous race. They are, however, wild and savage when aroused. In dispostion they are peaceable. The Laplanders are great fishermen and there are many varieties of fish along his shores. He is also a great hunter, and in winter his game is the squirrel, wolf, sable, ermine otter and bear. Many Laplanders dwell in tents, but most of these even during the coldest season retire to rude, low, wooden structures. They dress in skins or coarse home-woven clothing.
The favorite recreation of the children is Blind-Man's Buff. These rude young barbarians play it with a zest and delight which is infectious. Many a rough buffet do they give and receive, and woe betide the youngster who allows his bad humor to resent a blow given by accident or in fun.
In the sketch to the left, is shown a representative group. The man is a hunter, fully equipped for the chase from which he has just returned laden down with game. He wears snowshoes. The woman, his wife, bears in a portable frame her baby which is bound within. The reindeer is everything to the Laplander--his food, his means of transportation, the source and evidence of his wealth. Reindeer are allowed to find pasture for themselves, ranging where they will, branded as are the cattle on our western prairie-land. The reindeer is the Laplander's horse as well and carries him over the snow in his low-seated carriage with the swiftness of the wind. Among other sports of this people, are ball-playing, monotonous singing, and skating down hill on the skide, a skate over six feet long.

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