Antique Graphics Wednesday – 2 Cattle Images

I wish I could remember where I got this image, but I scanned it, labeled it as the year 1871, then forgot to share it with you.
Anyway, I’m rather partial to old cow images, and think they make great art for transferring to fabric, for the kitchen or to put on pillows.   I’ve removed the background, so you can layer this image over other images.
Free Printable Antique Graphics Cow Farm Images from
I have a somewhat funny story about longhorn cattle with you.  When we lived in New Mexico,
we lived in a very old, little farming village, just outside the large city of Albuquerque.
When our neighbor on the other side of our fence passed away, his family rented the home out to some less than desirable people, who brought in several ginormous long-horn cattle, on just a few acres of land.  The space wasn’t nearly big enough for those critters.  One day, there was a knock on my door.  I opened the door to find a policeman with his gun drawn was standing there.  He said that one of those huge critters with the huge horns had escaped from the fence and was running loose through the village.  He wanted me to keep my kids indoors until they were able to catch it (or shoot it, if need be).  Thankfully, they caught the big oaf, but seeing images like this one, always gives me a little flashback to that day.
Now that we live in Illinois, we also have cows living across the road from our home,
but none of them have horns and I really enjoy listening to them in the evening, when they seem to make most of their “getting settled in” lowing sounds.  I far prefer them to longhorn cattle!
This illustration, showing cuts of beef came from
an article in a 1910 “The Housekeeper” magazine.
I think this image would be really cute
printed on canvas for kitchen art.
Free Printable Antique Graphics Cow Farm Images from
 I had to include the original article, because

I think it makes interesting & useful reading.
The butcher who provided the information found
American women to be lacking in thriftiness,
based on their lack of knowledge and their choices of cuts of beef.

Free Printable Antique Graphics Cow Farm Images from

Special thanks to Audrey @ Timeless Treasures,
who sent this magazine page to me.



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  1. Hi Angie,
    What a tale…I can’t imagine one of those big boys trotting through my front yard. I, too, would prefer those sweet old cows that remind me of life on my Gramma and Grampa’s farm.
    Thank you for your sweet visit and thoughtful words.
    Carolynn xoxo

  2. hi Angie … love the cow picture and I hope to find something to use it on. Interesting about the cuts of beef … didn’t remember seeing that information in those magazines but glad you are sharing it.
    Blessings, my friend.
    Audrey Z.
    Timeless Treasures

  3. Angie,

    Love the print of the cow picture. What a beautiful towel that would make for a country kitchen!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Blessings~ Kim

  4. I loved reading the article! I have some antique cookbooks and they are so interesting to read! We really cannot appreciate the easy and convenient world we live in now! It’s no wonder that even middle class women back then had help! Between the sewing and cleaning and cooking and child care with not many time saving devices it would have been hard to keep a nice home…….!

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