Drum Horse Trading Cards

Global Horse Culture Archive on May 19, 2008, 20:08

Back in the day packs of cigarettes came with collectible cards - like the baseball cards some of you may remember from packs of chewing gum in more recent times. This series (there are dozens of them to browse here) featured the drum horses of various military groups, shown in all their parade finery. They were printed between 1908 and 1915.
Drum horses are large and calm-tempered, carrying the musician who play the large kettle drums in military parades. Though used sparingly now, they were formerly common, predominantly in Western Europe. They were not originally of any particular