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American Pharoah

I was working on a blog post featuring some beautiful new antique maps that I recently acquired- engraved in France in 1877 and hand-colored. Then, I watched the Belmont Stakes and got completely distracted. Hence….the Egyption/Equestrian mash up.

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American Pharoah- sired by Pioneer of the Nile. His name is misspelled. I wonder if it was intentional. Anyway, last week's Triple Crown winning horse, American Pharoah, is a gorgeous creature. He seemed to glide down the track at the Belmont- his jockey just floating in the air- barely moving.

I found a nearly century-old 1917 page from The New York Tribune featuring a day at the Belmont races. Some very fun fashions on display.

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Watching the Stakes was a reminder of the intense physical beauty of horses, especially thoroughbreds. I wanted to share some of the many beautiful antique and vintage illustrations from my inventory.

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For a nice equestrian display, you could frame some of these original 1870s and 1880s black & white engravings and add some vintage ribbons such as in the photo below:

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I also have some colorful and finely-detailed Victorian chromolithographs of horses.

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It is interesting to note the different types of horses, including the Arabian, or Arab Horse.

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And if you happen to be interested in zoology or horse anatomy, I have some interesting educational pieces related to horses.

Horse_low_resAn original Dr. Auzoux chalkplate of a horse in my inventory of European charts. I do not have the following item, an original Dr. Auzoux life-size anatomical model of a horse, but I have seen one in a Paris museum.

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A bit less spectacular, but still interesting are these smaller antique anatomy prints

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