There was “The Joy Ride” at the California Alligator Farm in Los Angeles depicted on this postcard dated 1911.
If merely hitching an alligator to a cart was too tame for you, you could hop aboard one bareback at the Alligator Farm in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Then there’s this disturbing picture that shows an infant “feeding baby alligators.” It reminds me of one of those macabre Charles Addams cartoons.
When the kiddies tired of interacting with the alligators, the whole family could sit back and watch the alligators “Shooting the Chutes.”
And just as you could send for an ostrich if you wanted to bring the fun home with you, a new postal order in 1933 that allowed the mailing of live pets apparently included alligators in the “pet” category. (Remember one of the first episodes of Leave it to Beaver when Wally and Beaver send away for a baby alligator?) Needless to say, that order has been amended and currently bans shipping any type of alligator, so kids today can no longer hide a baby alligator in the basement washtub until it bites the maid, as happened to Wally and the Beav.
Of course, we know the rules never apply to Stretch. . .