March 2, 2014

Early Photographs of Animals in Human Situations From the 1910s

American photographer Harry Whittier Frees created novelty postcards and children’s books based on his photographs of animals. This collection from 1914 features animals dressed and posed as human with props. Frees may have actually been one of the pioneers of the ‘LOLcat’ phenomenon.

Photograph shows two kittens wearing dresses at a table with a birthday cake, 1914.

Photograph shows a puppy wearing a dress placed upon a miniature chair with a telephone,1914.

Photograph shows a puppy wearing a dress and watering tulips, 1914.

Photograph shows a puppy wearing a dress and placed at a toy sewing machine with a tiny puppy sleeping in a cradle, 1914.

Photograph shows a puppy wearing a dress and sewing a patch on the pants of a tiny puppy on her lap, 1914.

Photograph shows a puppy wearing a dress and pushing three kittens in a wagon or stroller, 1914.

Photograph shows a puppy playing a toy cello, 1914.

Photograph shows a two puppies in a cradle, 1914.

Photograph shows a three puppies with a scale, 1914.

Photograph shows two kittens wearing clothes getting married, 1914.

Photograph shows two kittens wearing dresses with an overturned sewing basket, 1915.

Photograph shows a kitten wearing a dress and stirring at a stove, 1914.

Photograph shows a kitten wearing a dress and hanging clothes on a clothesline, 1914.

Photograph shows five kittens wearing clothes sitting at a table drinking tea, 1914.

Photograph shows two kittens wearing clothes on a swing, 1914.

Photograph shows a kitten wearing clothes and pumping water for a doll, 1915.

Photograph shows a puppy holding a kitten, 1914.

Photograph shows a kitten preparing to bowl, 1914.

Photograph shows a doll giving a kitten a piggyback ride, 1914.

Photograph shows two kittens wearing clothes and placed inside a toy train, 1914.

Photograph shows two kittens wearing dresses with a watering can and rake, 1914.

Photograph shows three kittens wearing pajamas with a candle, 1914.

Photograph shows a kitten wearing a dress placed inside a toy glider, 1914.

Photograph shows a puppy and three kittens wearing clothes with a toy horse and wagon, 1914.

(Photography by Harry Whittier Frees/ Library of Congress)




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