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December 27, 2013

Strange and Funny Vintage Photos of Animals Acting As Intelligent As Humans

Here's a collection of 29 strange vintage pictures from history feature animals acting as intelligent as humans.

An elephant from the American vaudeville stage riding a specially constructed tricycle, 1918 (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

A close-up of Mike, the world's only canine aviator, wearing flying cap and goggles in Chicago, c. 1920 (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)

A monkey doing the 'Charleston' alongside a couple of dancers, 1922 (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

A monkey 'playing' a toy piano on which is perched a thoughtful looking parrot, 1927 (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

An elephant from Earl's Court Circus with a man in its mouth, 1928 (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Two brown bears riding on a bicycle and side car, 1928 (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

A dog listening to the radio with earphones, whilst smoking a pipe, 1929 (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Dame Clara Butt (1872 - 1936) operating a communications radio with her dog, they are both wearing headphones, 1930 (Photo by Sasha/Getty Images)

A new breed of chauffeur takes the wheel, 1930 (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

In New York an elephant from the circus claims the prize for the largest harmonica player in the Universe, c. 1935 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Peter the Great, the animal star who is said to have near human intelligence, presenting film director Chester Franklin with a new puppy, c. 1935 (Photo by General Photographic Agency/Getty Images)

Comet, an elephant from Chessington Zoo spends the weekend as a waiter at the Trocadero Restaurant in Piccadilly Circus, London, December 1938 (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Farmer Mrs Maud Lee and her daughter Pat enjoy elevenses at their farmhouse in Keynsham, near Bristol, with their pet lamb Betty, March 1949 (Photo by Burchell/Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Two seals play basketball at San Diego zoo, c. 1950 (Photo by Evans/Three Lions/Getty Images)

A budgerigar pecks out a tune on a miniature piano, March 1952 (Photo by Ron Gerelli/Express/Getty Images)

An elephant at the London Zoo, Regents Park, joining five African visitors for a rest on a bench, September 1954 (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Two dodgem car passengers are surprised to see Susie the circus bear bumping into them at the fun fair attached to Bertram Mills Circus in Olympia, London, December 1954 (Photo by William Vanderson/Getty Images)

Young chimpanzee Kokomo Jnr sits in a chair wearing glasses and holding a comic book at his owner's apartment in New York City, 1955 (Photo by Vecchio/Three Lions/Getty Images)

Zippy the chimpanzee polishes bootblack Tony Finizza's shoes while Tony watches and laughs at the spectacle, 1955 (Photo by Evans/Three Lions/Getty Images)

A hamster on a miniature trapeze, 1955 (via MOMATalks)

Fifi, the chimpanzee star of the famous Chimps Tea Party at London Zoo plays a mean game of chess but it needs a lot of thought, June 1955 (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Young chimpanzee Kokomo Jnr quenches his thirst with a glass of orange juice, straight from the fridge at his owner's apartment in New York City, 1955 (Photo by Vecchio/Three Lions/Getty Images)

An ape paints a picture, c. 1955 (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Chimpanzees Pepi and Janet try their hand at making espresso at the Hotel and Catering Exhibition at Olympia, London, 1956 (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

'Kam', an elephant from Bertram Mills circus 'drives' a Land Rover along a road during training for the Christmas Show, November 1959 (Photo by Ron Case/Keystone/Getty Images)

At the Space Research Laboratories in Boulevard Victor, Paris French cats are kept in boxes in order to train them in remaining still for long periods during rocket flights, December 1963 (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

Petra, the Alsatian dog from the B.B.C's children's programme, 'Blue Peter' answering her fan mail, 1964 (Photo by John Pratt/Getty Images)

Judy, a two year old chimpanzee, feeding Tracey-Jane Clews in her grandparents' home at Southam Farm Zoo, Warwickshire, July 1968 (Photo by Ian Tyas/Keystone Features/Getty Images)

Bongo, a west African lowland gorilla, watches the BBC test-card on a colour television in his new luxury enclosure at Twycross Zoo in Warwickshire, July 1971 (Photo by Ian Showell/Keystone/Getty Images)

(via io9)


  1. I do believe that is a very young Herb Caen on the running board in photo #3

  2. These pics would look great in color.

  3. It all looks very familiar. I lived there in 1960-61.

  4. Caen, and Able to write really great columns!

  5. Good eye, that does look like Herb Caen.

  6. I would have loved to live in San Francisco during this time. Just something mystical about it - and at a much slower pace than we have all come accustomed to. I wasn't born in the City for a couple more decades though.

  7. When I moved here in the 70s you could still help the conductor rotate the cable car at the end of the line.

  8. I concur. There was more genuine San Francisco pride then. People spoke English, no "land of fruit and nuts", no freaking-out if people say they were born here, lower population... They really didn't know how good they had it.

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