by Molly Donnermeyer
There’s a mini-exhibit of vintage letterheads from local Cincinnati businesses on display in the Mary R. Schiff Library throughout September. One that didn’t quite make the display is this example from the Ohio Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Animals. Museum Archivist Geoff Edwards notes, “Many people think that concern for the welfare of animals is a relatively recent development, but several Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals were established back in the late 1800s. This 1912 letter from the archives of the Museum’s director advocates “A Square Deal for the Horse”, including three ample meals daily, proper shoes, as well as two weeks’ vacation each year. I’m not sure where the top horse vacation spots were in 1912… Whinnyapolis? Fillydelphia?”
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