Thursday, June 29, 2017

25 Interesting Vintage Pictures of Dog Carts and Milk Women in Belgium from the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

You are on the outskirts of the town. The country women you meet here is on their way home to a farm several miles out. When they left home early morning those big, shiny copper cans were full of milk.

This mode of transporting milk from the dairy to the city customers is passing out of fashion; the woman's daughters will hardly follow the picturesque custom. For years and years, it was nearly universal, and the foreigners in Belgium were always delighted with the quaintness of theses little cars drawn by just such big dogs with shaggy, yellowish hair and wolf-like ears.

One of the most famous dog stories ever written was Ouida's "Dog of Flanders" --- a tale of devoted friendship between a Flemish boy and the faithful beast that went with him in this very way, carrying copper cans of fresh milk to Antwerp. It is a story which has been read all around the world --- a classic in its way, translated into many different languages.


























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