C1912. Measures 5 1/2" x 3 1/2". Very good condition. Card depicts Rattlesnake Pete and his dogs. Pete has a passion for St. Bernard dogs. He had five of them and they were his constant companions. He taught Bruno and Nero to how to ride on the running boards of his bright red Rambler. It made for quite a show as he drove his car around town with his St. Bernards.Rattlesnake Pete, whose real name was Peter P. Gruber, gained a worldwide reputation in the early years of the 20th century for his museum and saloon at 8–10 Mill Street in Rochester, New York. Pete’s museum had 500 arrowheads, a two-headed calf, a 3,000-pound stuffed Percheron horse, tanks filled with writhing snakes, jars of pickled brains, pipe said to have been smoked by John Wilkes Booth, the weight used in the last hanging in the city, the battle flag of Custer’s last stand, an Egyptian mummy, a shingle from the Johnstown flood, stuffed animals and snakes of all kinds.
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