Afternoon tea in Bowden ca. 1900, Photographer R. Hoare,
H. Hoare fonds, Provincial Archives of Alberta
If these walls could talk they might say, "Why are these ladies having tea with a stuffed bobcat?" This room is good example of Victorian taste, which apparently reached Bowden – the lush, abundant, cluttered look - the floral wallpapered walls and wallpapered ceiling, the highly patterned area rug and the tablecloths. The Victorians also had a penchant for collecting natural history specimens, and although the bobcat is front and center in this photograph, there is also an owl who appears to be about to land on the lady in the striped blouse, and some poor animal’s skin is on the floor under the lady on the right.