President Taft Had a Cow


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No, I'm not referring to his reaction upon hearing that Major Butt had possibly been lost in the Titanic sinking.

Swinging from the sublime to the ridiculous, I was recently doing some deep digging at the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Collection when I stumbled upon this unique and priceless photo:

http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3b40899

Possibly representing the antithesis of "Gilded Age" ostentation -- although, I'll admit, she *is* cute -- President Taft indeed owned a pet cow named Pauline Wayne, who appears to have done her patriotic bit by keeping various official lawns in Washington, DC, neatly cropped.

A curiosity, I'll admit, and only loosely on topic. But it does contribute to our knowledge of the social mil[k]ieu. ;^)

Cheers,
John
 
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Thanks for the chuckle John. I needed it! It's been one helluva week!
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Hi, John!

Thanks for posting that. I don't know the depth of Taft's affection for Pauline, but his bovine interests were not mentioned in Major Butt's letters. Poor Pauline--just glorified lawn care, I guess.

Regards,
Doug
 
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