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By Marcy Thompson
Transylvania County Library 

Picturing The Past: Goat Cart Photos Income Idea For Photographers


Last updated 4/27/2020 at 2:44pm

Claud, Bill, Fred, Paul and Tom Stroup with their goat cart. The boys were born between March 1902 and January 1910 dating the photo to the mid-1910s.

After coming across old photographs of children in small wood carts pulled by a goat Kim Anderson and Ian Dunn with the Special Collections Section of the State Archives of North Carolina decided to investigate the story behind the photos. What they discovered was an innovative way for traveling photographers to capture a community's attention and hopefully make a profit during hard times.

Anderson explained on the State Archives of North Carolina blog, "History For All the People" posted March 9, 2018.

"A goat cart was typically like a magnet to children in any town, and at the instiga...

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