Anthropomorphic pigs wearing top hats

THOSE PIGS!

The cat wasn’t the only muse of late 19th and early 20th century artists.  Creative artists turned six-hundred-pound pigs into graceful tutu-wearing dancers, opera singers and refined butlers. Publishers, including Raphael Tuck & Sons, frequently chose anthropomorphic pigs for the cover of their Christmas and New Year’s cards, and pigs were frequently drawn with four-leaf clovers to symbolize wealth and good health. You can see samples of these vintage postcards below. Just click on a card to view it at full size.

 

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