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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Kitty Hawk: 1914

Kitty Hawk: 1914

Circa 1914. "Cat in costume piloting toy airplane." Photo by Harry W. Frees, the Ansel Adams of feline kitsch. Or would that be catsch? View full size.

 

Does anyone know?

Someone here mentioned these are 'Stuffed Animals' is that true?

[No. -tterrace]

I gotta admit

that ORIGINALLY, I did not like these pictures; but then, as an amateur photographer, I thought about how much planning and set-up, and patience it must take to get something like this on film. I gotta admit: I would not have the patience to execute something like this. Pictures of my grand-kids, shot on the fly, spur of the moment are my forte.

Keep 'em coming!

Plaid fabric

Mrs. Frees, the costumer, must have had a lot of this fabric. It appears in every picture we've seen so far. Please keep the kitties coming. They're the highlight of my computering week!

[The costumer was, by most accounts, Mr. F's housekeeper. - Dave]

Thanks, Dave, for the correction. I thought I had read it was his mother who sewed for the cats.

 
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