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Photo of Woman Breastfeeding a Child and a Deer

By brettsinger |

fawnfeeder2-cropI don’t know what to make of this. The image is from an eBay auction of the image itself. The price is $9.50.

The photo is from the 1930′s, apparently of a “Pennsylvania Mountain Lady.” What is she doing? Well, she’s “suckling both a baby deer and a child at the same time.”

And judging by the expression on her face, she’s having a grand old time. Full image after the jump.

Can you even do that? I mean, could a baby deer eat/drink human milk? I guess that’s not any stranger than drinking cow’s milk, right? But could a cow drink human milk? How many sentences can I write that end in a question mark? In the same paragraph?

As of this writing, the seller has sold 2 pics. There are “more than 10 available.” So, you know. Run don’t walk. Get your order in NOW.

(Click the image to see it in full-sized glory.)

Woman Breastfeeds a Fawn and a Baby

Source: eBay via Buzzfeed

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13 thoughts on “Photo of Woman Breastfeeding a Child and a Deer

  1. Suzanne says:

    The “savage mountaineer” persona was a popular bit of propaganda depicted in the mid-twentieth century.
    If you are interested, this book is fascinating:
    Book overview
    In this pioneering work of cultural history, historian Anthony Harkins argues that the hillbilly-in his various guises of “briar hopper,” “brush ape,” “ridge runner,” and “white trash”-has been viewed by mainstream Americans simultaneously as a violent degenerate who threatens the modern order and as a keeper of traditional values of family, home, and physical production, and thus symbolic of a nostalgic past free of the problems of contemporary life. “Hillbilly” signifies both rugged individualism and stubborn backwardness, strong family and kin networks but also inbreeding and bloody feuds. Spanning film, literature, and the entire expanse of American popular culture, from D. W. Griffith to hillbilly music to the Internet, Harkins illustrates how the image of the hillbilly has consistently served as both a marker of social derision and regional pride. He traces the corresponding changes in representations of the hillbilly from late-nineteenth century America, through the great Depression, the mass migrations of Southern Appalachians in the 1940s and 1950s, the War on Poverty in the mid 1960s, and to the present day. Harkins also argues that images of hillbillies have played a critical role in the construction of whiteness and modernity in twentieth century America. Richly illustrated with dozens of photographs, drawings, and film and television stills, this unique book stands as a testament to the enduring place of the hillbilly in the American imagination.
    Hillbilly received an Honorable Mention, John G. Cawelti Book Award of the American Culture Association.

  2. uccellina says:

    I love it. I just bought it.

  3. Giant Panda says:

    I grew up in Papua New Guinea, where pigs are prized possessions, and are often used as a form of currency (bride price is paid in pigs for example). It was not unusual to see native women breastfeeding piglets.

  4. Eric says:

    Fawns grow fast. I think it would be very hard for her to keep up the neccessary production for child and fawn both.

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  6. Nini says:

    And here I was wondering how Bambi made it when his mother was killed… ;-)

  7. TolaniLucia says:

    I love this picture.

  8. maeby says:

    wonderful picture, i love it!

  9. Kelsea Button says:

    I am so glad I came across this blog! I saw this on E Bay and the image has stayed with me ever since. I didn’t buy it (due to having no time or something like that) and was SO bummed out when I went back to purchase it and it wasn’t there anymore! boo hoo!

    Can somebody send me the sellers info? I would love to contact them.


  10. Kelsea Button says:

    Uccellina: Could you please send me the sellers information? I really want to contact them! – Kelsea

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  12. Linda says:

    I have seen a few picture simulare to this as of late. One was a woman brest feeding a small kid ( goat) and a small child. I don’t remember what the others were. But I see no problem. As long as the child is getting enough.

  13. FredA says:

    The mountain woman who nursed her child and the small deer is great. Show that a female who lives in a modern culture can be extra kind to a weak animal.
    Glad she was shown happy and more than willing to be viewed nursing her
    child and her pet.

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