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.
Aisling Ireland from Bolingbroke, GA on December 21, 2012:
Do you happen to have any information on the White Hart or White Stag in Grail mythology? I know a bit about it, but am still seeking more information. According to what I have read, it apparently symbolizes Christ, but I have been unable to ascertain why other than the fact that deer shed, then regrow their antlers. I'm assuming the whiteness would lead to purity, hence Christ, but I can find nothing to back up my assumptions, so any info would be appreciated. Grail mythology is a personal pet study of mine and you seem to have a lot of knowledge in the subject of mythology. Thanks!
moonlake from America on April 29, 2012:
There are white deer in our parks here. Their very pretty.