Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Riding Ponies

I don't know if this was just something that happened in the Toronto area or if the 'practice' was more wide spread but it seems that having a photo taken sitting on the back of a pony was somewhat traditional.

Below is photo of a very young 'me' 'riding' the pony and below that a photo of my father also 'riding' a pony. There is 20 - 25 years between the times that the photos were taken. Essentially, a man would walk the streets with his camera and a pony. Parents would have a photo taken of the children on the pony and pay the man for the photograph documenting the 'occasion.'

Do you have a 'pony' picture? Let me know.


  1. Lisa Louise Cooke said...
    I loved this post and the great photos. And yes I do have Pony Pictures in my family tree album. I've blogged about them in response to your terrific post at

  2. I have several in my tree, and in my wife's treee as well. Mostly taken in NYC. My favorite part is looking for the extra feet in the picture - owned by the guy holding the pony and trying not to be in the picture.