Goat Carts

Washington Rural Heritage librarians recently stumbled upon the genre of photo postcards depicting people (usually children) posed in a small cart, drawn by a unlikely animal (typically a goat). Apparently around the turn of the 20th century into the 1920s, traveling portrait photographers would use a goat cart as a mechanism for soliciting business.
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Goat Cart: Mae and Lynette Jarvis. Photo circa 1930: Henrietta, Texas.

View of an unidentified African American man sitting in a goat-drawn cart surrounded by a group of men and boys.

This is an interesting photograph of Las Vegas. Does anyone know what might be going on here? The man in the cart might have dwarfism, and one goat is covered with a banner, where the last word is “Pictures”. Are these locals? A traveling circus or promoter?Edit 2/6: Apparently, goat carts were a thing, like sitting on a moon portraits, but less common. There were a number of traveling photographers between 1900 to 1920 who used goat carts as photo props to attract customers. For ...

I just created this GIF using the #Stereogranimator (via New York Public Library @nypl_labs)

Boy and Girl with Goat Cart :: Clark County Historical Museum Photograph Collection

Parade Float :: Clark County Historical Museum Photograph Collection

Child in a toga standing in a wagon decorated as a Roman chariot, and pulled by a sheep, ca. 1905-1915. This is probably a participant in a children's parade. #PhotoFriday #ORhistory


USA goat cart #goatvet

File:StateLibQld 2 242645 Young boy with a goat cart on a Mount Isa street, ca. 1936.jpg

Dog cart from the Bernardi Family Photo collection, via @Oregon State Library. #GoatCart

Denison children and goat cart, 1929 :: Garfield County Heritage: http://www.washingtonruralheritage.org/cdm/ref/collection/pomeroy/id/779

Another twist on goat carts: angry racing goats and beer! An Old Anheuser Busch Bock beer advertisement.

Haystack - A sepia-toned photograph of Evelyn Colgate seated in a child's cart pulled by two goats. She is holding the reins, wearing a straw hat and holding a doll for the journey. She is about 6 years old.

Children in festival costumes with Angora goat pulling a cart. #goatvet

2 can pull one #goatvet

Goat carts in literature! From "Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm," by Alice & Marvin Provensen.

Also not exactly a goat cart, but an odd twist on the goats-and-transportation theme.

ca. 1865, [albumen portrait of a young boy with a goat], J.B. Gibson

Nutfield Genealogy: Goat Cart Update

Jack's Father and Grandparents with Goat Cart by Photo_History, via Flickr

Little Harold gets a ride.

Elisabeth and Dorothea: 1914

Goatmobile: 1922