Happy Chinese New Year! Help us solve a horse mystery

Gung Hay Fat Choy! We hope you enjoy the Chinese/Lunar New Year as we ring in the Year of the Horse. People born in the year of the horse are thought to be active, energetic and love to be around people- not unlike the faithful animals themselves! Human connection with horses goes back thousands of years and in collections like the Chung Collection, you’ll find lots of historic photographs and images of horses.

Here’s one that we’re not sure where it was taken- it is believed to be Chinatown in either Vancouver or Portland Oregon.

The sign on the horse cart reads “Quong Sang Chong & Co.” You can view a larger version and zoom in to see the details in our digital collections here. If you know where this is, we would love to hear from you! Email us at chung.collection@ubc.ca, or leave a comment below.

Here are some more images from the Chung Collection of horses:

Horse Racing at Hastings Park, 1936

Piano movers, ca. 1890

Mrs. Ricardo tries her hand at horse riding, ca. 1900.

Happy Year of the Horse! If you are looking for a way to celebrate, the Chinese Benevolent Association of Vancouver’s Chinese New Year Parade is always a hit.