National Geographic : 1938 Jan
MAGYAR MIRTH AND MELANCHOLY rnotograpn oy KuaoII nalogn A STRAW FIRE SAVES COSTLY MATCHES WHEN HORSEBOYS ALIGHT FOR A SMOKE Hard-riding herdsmen, spurning saddle girths and pommels, have come to fresh grass on the fenceless Hortobagy, part of the great Hungarian plain. Here the town of Debrecen owns a vast area that provides municipal revenue from grazing fees. When an owner arrives to take them to winter stalls, his unbranded animals are picked unerringly from the herd, because horseboys recognize their equine wards as other men know human friends. Flat, plumed hats, curled mustaches, braided quirts, and embroidered greatcoats are the trappings of an ancient calling that passes, like nobility, from father to son (Color Plate II).