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When Animals Attack exhibits exaggeration and hilarity

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478-2250, www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.

Even before television made a place in every home, Americans found "When Animals Attack" to be prime viewing material. The only difference: The attacks in those days were very staged and much more amusing "? and sometimes in 3-D.

The "When Animals Attack?: Humorous Hunting Tableaux" exhibit opens Friday at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 N.E. 63rd. The collection is a mixture of images, including movie posters, magazine covers and stereographs, which are images printed side-by-side on card stock to produce a 3-D effect when viewed through a stereoscope. Produced between 1880 and 1910, the photographs depict exaggerated hunting expeditions featuring dead animals "? excursions that often resulted in at least one member of the hunting party being mauled by a bear.

Chuck Rand, curator of the exhibit, said the images have been chosen because of their comical nature.

"We were looking for hunting pictures since 2002, and ran across these every once and a while," he said. "We were trying to find information if people then knew if they were fake or real, but it'll be obvious to people that they're amusing views. They are kind of funny." Rand said the 3-D effect of the exhibited stereographs won't be viewable, but all of the images have been enlarged to poster size to increase their hilarity.

"When Animals Attack" is on display through July 11. Museum admission is $12.50 for adults, $9.75 for students and seniors, and $5.75 for children 4-12. For more information, call 478-2250 or visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org."? Luke Atkinson

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