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

Snow Boy: 1929

Snow Boy: 1929

1929. "Snow Boy, White House guard dog." Two visitors and an unidentified fur. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

New England dog?

Did Snow Boy come from Massachusetts or Vermont with Cal and Grace, or was he a D.C. dog?

Took me a second

I didn't even see the second dog at first glance. It does blend with the fur coat. Guess that solves the riddle of what kind of fur it is!

Different era when you could walk right up to the fence and play with the "guard dog" at the White House.

Homeland Security

If she attempted to do that today, she would henceforth be known as "Lefty."

Congenial canine

It's a friendly dog that lets a stranger hold a paw.

Blurry distinction

It's hard to tell where the lady's coat ends and her dog begins.

 
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