America's Oldest Breed of Livestock

Old Photos and Artwork

Below is a selection of interesting historic photographs and artwork.

Dominikaner postcard
Dominikaner postcard

Megargee Dominique print
The Edwin Megargee print. Over utilized and highly recognizable but still poor quality Dominiques.
Yerke's Dominique cockerel
Cornelius Weygandt, noted author, wrote a few things on Dominiques and included this historic photo of a Yerke’s cockerel. When his estate was a liquidated I was fortunate enough to obtain the original photograph.
Dr. Hardwood's Grandma
Grandma was Dr Harwood’s 15 year old Dominique hen.

German artwork
1885 by German artist.

1976 picture of Brazelton Dominiques
This October 1976 picture was provided by Lyndon Irwin. It shows his son with a pen of bantams from Ralph Brazelton’s line. As you can tell they were much too large, but it was a start!
Nellie Vitt with young Dominiques
Robin Carson of Pittsburg, Kansas wrote: Nellie is my Maternal Grandma. This pic is the reason I wanted Dominiques! She was born 1893, and we are guessing this is in the 1920’s, as she got married to her husband George Vitt in 1920 and we feel like he took the photo, stories from their kids make it sound like he was the one to get pictures around the farm/children.
We present a cut that was often used in Dominique advertisements. For an additional fee a stock picture of the breed could be included in an advertisement. The one shown here appeared most often in the 1860s.
1850 Dominique artwork
The earliest known Dominique artwork. (1850)
Bad Dominique artwork
This artwork is quite possibly the worst “official” portrayal of a Dominique. The appearance of this artwork in the 1910 Standard of Perfection caused the National Dominique Club of America to rally support for a change to the breed standard.
Early Dominique artwork
This early artwork was used to represent the Dominique; however, the same body outline was used with a number of breed descriptions, each with some subtle difference to indicate it’s uniqueness. For example, the Dorking was the same picture with just the barring removed. For this reason the artwork should not be considered a good gauge of how Dominiques looked in the early 1800s.
Egg Laying Champion Dominique
Carl Gallaher with Dominique pullet
This photograph is of Carl Gallaher and a fine Dominique pullet. He with two other individuals kept the American Dominique from becoming extinct. Notice the comb on the pullet – excellent shape and size. The pullet also exhibits the “lacey” pattern in her feathers that give the old lines their distinctive look.
Hyman bred Dominique cockerel
A David Hyman cockerel
Dave Hyman with Dominique cockerel
David Hyman with one of his champion Dominique males.
Gould daughter with Carter Dominiques
This photograph was taken at the old A. Q. Carter farm about 1915. The Gould family bought the farm from the ailing Mr. Carter and the Dominiques came with it.  The Dominique cock on the right was the male that A. O. Schilling used as a model for the Standard of Perfection.