Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Puppy Dog Tails

It has been quite a while since I shared some vintage postcards with you.  Today’s offering is a group of cards showcasing children and their beloved family dogs.
These cards were printed by varied publishers and
those that bear postmarks are dated 1911 or 1912.


The title of the post “Puppy Dog Tails” was inspired by the nursery rhyme “What Are Little Boys Made Of”.


As the related girls poem states,
little girls are made of sugar and spice.
The postcards are photographed against a backdrop
of some of the frilly doll dresses
that just arrived in my doll boutique.
I thought these dresses with ribbons and lace
represented the “sugar and spice” of little girls.


Did you know that these nursery rhyme verses 
are actually part of a much longer poem? 


The poem “What Folks Are Made of” is attributed to Robert Southey, 
an English poet and historian, who became poet laureate in 1813.  Although the entire rhyme cannot be absolutely verified
as being by Southey
 it is generally thought to be by him, circa 1820.


Although I don't understand the meaning behind all of the verses
 (why are nurses made of bushes and thorns and old cow horns?),
I thought you might enjoy reading the entire poem.


What Folks Are Made Of 
Attributed to Robert Southey, About 1820
Authorship cannot be absolutely verified 
                                                                                  
        What are little babies made of?
             Diapers and crumbs and sucking their thumbs;
          That's what little babies are made of.
                                                  
          What are little boys made of?
             Snips and snails and puppy-dog tails;
          That's what little boys are made of.                                              
         
          What are little girls made of?
             Sugar and spice and everything nice;
          That's what little girls are made of.
         
          What are young men made of?
             Sighs and leers and crocodile tears;
          That's what young men are made of.
                                            
          What are young women made of?
             Rings and jings and other fine things;                                         
          That's what young women are made of.                                        
         
          What are our sailors made of?
             Pitch and tar, pig-tail and scar;
          That's what our sailors are made of.
         
          What are our soldiers made of?
             Pipeclay and drill, the foeman to kill;
          That's what our soldiers are made of.
         
          What are our nurses made of?
             Bushes and thorns and old cow's horns;
          That's what our nurses are made of.
         
          What are our fathers made of?
             Pipes and smoke and collars choke;
          That's what our fathers are made of.
         
          What are our mothers made of?
             Ribbons and laces and sweet pretty faces;
          That's what our mothers are made of.
         
          What are old men made of?
             Slippers that flop and a bald-headed top;
          That's what old men are made of.
         
          What are old women made of?
             Reels, and jeels, and old spinning wheels;
          That's what old women are made of.
         
          What are all folks made of?
             Fighting a spot and loving a lot,
          That's what all folks are made of.


Until next time, live and love well.


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11 comments:

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Debra,
Yes it was good to see more of your wonderful postcards! They look so nice with the doll dresses, so pretty. That is interesting, I never knew that nursery rhyme had so many verses. Have a great weekend!
Gina

~Michelle~ said...

Gorgeous vintage cards....everything was made so much better back then. HPS
Michelle

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

I love vintage cards and yours are spectacular!
I, too, never knew that rhyme had so many verses....it was fun reading!
HPS!
♥ Jil

Jeannie Marie said...

I'm not sure about bushes but thorns and horns could be talking about the pricks of nurses needles or temper!

Fun With This and That said...

I like vintage cards too
HPS Laura

Jann Olson said...

Debra, oh how I adore your postcards! These of the children and their four legged friends are simply precious! I have never heard only the two verses of this poem. The nurse one is so interesting. Wonder what it does mean? Thanks for sharing these with SYC. The little dresses are just darling too.
hugs,
Jann

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Vintage cards are so beautiful like yours. love the nursery rhyme and with so many verses too! Thanks for sharing. Thank you for your sweet and kind visit. Big hugs,
FABBY

Elena said...

I love the kids with dogs theme as my daughter just loves our little pup, Mac. The doll dresses are just precious and I loved reading the whole poem of what people are made of. I didn't know it existed. I always learn something new at your blog. Thanks for sharing!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Your postcard collection is so lovely! I love the way you've woven them into a story, and the verses were a real treat!
Hugs,
Patti

Shirley said...

Oh my..these images are so sweet and beautiful. I adore each one and you are so lucky to have them. Paper in the condition they are in are a true treasure to own!

Zaa said...

OH How I love vintage cards.. and yours are fabulous..I had not heard that rhyme but certainly enjoy them all ..Thanks for sharing…hugs

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