White Deer: Vintage Examples
White deer are a modern curiosity, and may be becoming more common due to the increased inbreeding of isolated deer populations. However, the following vintage photographs of white deer show that they have been observed and collected for many decades.
White deer are generally not fully albino but leucistic, carrying a gene that caused greatly reduced pigmentation. White deer used to be very rare and so became the subject of mythology and superstition.
This hub is devoted to collecting reports of white deer from prior to 1950, mainly relating to captive deer inn zoos and wildlife parks.
Unusual specimens are much more likely to be preserved as taxidermy. This first example is a white deer preserved with taxidermy.
The rest of these examples are vintage photographs taken of live deer.
Greenfield's Deer Park
This photograph is annotated: Greenfield's Deer Park, Hastings Michigan. This may have been something of a tourist destination at one time, but no longer seems to exist.
This linen postcard to the right dates from around 1930 and shows a white doe and fawn. The location is not provided, but I am going to guess it is the same location as the card shown below: Rock City, Georgia.
The following pictures are from unknown places and time periods. Any information you might have about them would be appreciated.
To see some more modern examples of white deer, please visit this hub.