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Filename: aa067430.jpg

Size: 4350 x 4350 (5.4MB)

Date: 12th November 2007

Source: Historic England

Credit: Historic England Archive

Source: English Heritage Images

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Friesian cow a067430

A friesian cow tethered to a mobile parking meter in a farmyard. Photograph by John Gay; date range 1964-1974

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> Historic Images > 1960 to the present day

> Historic Images > Famed Photographers > John Gay Collection (1945-1990)

> Landscapes > Farming and rural economy > Livestock


EDITORS COMMENTS
This evocative photograph, captured by John Gay between 1964 and 1974, presents a poignant image of a Friesian cow tethered to a mobile parking meter in a farmyard. The use of the parking meter as a makeshift tether is a testament to the resourcefulness and ingenuity of rural farmers in managing their livestock. The Friesian breed, originating from the Netherlands, is renowned for its distinctive black and white coat and high milk production. In this image, the cow's glossy, dark coat shines in the sunlight, while her alert, curious expression adds a sense of character to the scene. The farmyard setting is filled with the sights, sounds, and smells of rural life. Hay bales, farm machinery, and other livestock can be seen in the background, creating a sense of bustling activity. The weathered wooden fence and rustic gate add to the sense of history and tradition. Despite the seemingly idyllic scene, it's important to remember that farming is a labor-intensive and often challenging way of life. Farmers must rise early each day to tend to their animals, harvest their crops, and maintain their land. The use of a parking meter as a tether may have been a necessary solution to the demands of farming life, but it also speaks to the adaptability and resilience of rural communities. This photograph is a snapshot of a bygone era, a reminder of the rich agricultural heritage that continues to shape our landscape and our lives. It invites us to reflect on the importance of farming, the connection between rural communities and the land, and the enduring beauty of the natural world.

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