Miss Society Girl Adopts a Real Live Bird for a Walking Companion
Oh, no, you’re not out in the forest wilds listening to the birdies chirp; you’re right here in the heart of the city.
But the tweet, tweet and the chirp, chirp are real. There sure is a live birdie on the job tweet-tweeting to beat the band. Little birdie is in a cage, where all well trained birdies are when they are not flitting from branch to branch in the woods.
But this birdie in his cage is dangling from the dainty hand of a pretty girl strolling down the avenue. ‘Tis the very latest thing to do! Society’s up-to-the-second fad.
Toy bow-wows and fierce looking barkers may stay in their kennels; milady will have no more to do with you. Dogs and cats and monkeys and other pets have followed Mary’s little lamb into the discard.
It’s a bird!
Swell Newport society started this fad—carrying a live bird, in a dainty little “walking cage,” and it is already spreading over the country.
The Day Book [Chicago, IL] 21 August 1915: p. 13
Mrs Daffodil’s Aide-memoire: Apparently the early bird gets the walk. Mrs Daffodil must sit on her hands to avoid “giving the birdm” as the vulgar expression goes, to these up-to-the-second ornitholo-gettes. One pities the unfortunate, vertiginous fowl being swung too and fro by that dainty hand. When this fad’s second is up–straight into the rubbish with the lambs and bow-wows!
And what will be the next breathlessly reported craze in pet promenades? The Vole Stroll, The Fox Trot, or The Pike Hike? Mrs Daffodil is inclined to think that The Social Butterfly Flit might have wings.