The Lion and the Unicorn, symbols of Britain, often appear as motifs on photographers’ trade cards. The images above show a few of the other members of the animal kingdom to make it onto these little adverts. A stag, a lion, an elephant, a leopard (?), a tortoise and a hive of bees, although the significance of these particular examples is not immediately apparent. The bees as shown on the card of J. Perriman may indicate the hope for a busy, thriving business. Quite what the tortoise shows is uncertain, perhaps his aim was to be slow but steady.
slow bu steady