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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

A Cartful of Kittens: 1914

A Cartful of Kittens: 1914

Circa 1914. "Puppy leading pony cart carrying three kittens." So sweet, you could pour this on your pancakes. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

No Way

No way are you going to get three kittens to hold still in a pose like that, particularly while shoved into uncomfortable costumes, they must be stuffed. While the focus is soft in some areas I don't really see any motion blur.

[Harry W. Frees worked with live animals. -tterrace]

Okay, I'll take your word for it but it must have been really difficult in a world of slow exposure film.

Sometimes

it's the little things in life that brighten your day and this photo did just that. Thank you Shorpy.

I read

I read somewhere that the animals in these posed shots were almost always dead and mounted via taxidermy. Look at the eyes - they're always a bit, well, off and unfocused. All those cute chicks and bunnies in Easter pics of this era? Dead. Stuffed. The dog's back legs in the pic above are waaaay too long for a real dog. Anyone else ever read about that?

[If they were stuffed, there'd be no sign of motion blur, which there is. Except for the pony. -tterrace]

I went back and read about Frees - made his name with live animals. I have a couple of photo essay books where, rabbits in these cases, are very obviously mounted. It's weird and a little creepy. All I can say is that Frees must have had the patience of Job.

The kitten on the left

Leaves no doubt it is a Tabby with that prominent "M on the forehead.

 
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