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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Kittycat Express: 1914

Kittycat Express: 1914

1914. "Kittens in costume riding miniature locomotive." And it seems like just yesterday (or last week) that these guys were being pushed around in a stroller -- they grow up so fast. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Harry Frees Story Books

Someone, I think my grandmother, gave my son a book called Four Little Kittens just chock full of these kinds of pictures. He's 30 now so this was quite some time ago. The four kittens were named Buzz, Fuzz, Suzz, and Agamemnon, had a variety of adventures, and had to be tended to by their mother Samantha. All were adorably dressed just like this with cute little props. No credit to Mr. Frees in the book, just a note that the book is "Our version of the antique original." Anyway, some time after I saw this picture yesterday I just happened to find the book. I wonder if it really was an "antique original" or if someone just made a mash-up of a bunch of Harry Frees pictures.

[The original did carry Frees' credit. -tterrace]

The bane of every model RR photographer

Not kittens, but not having all wheels on the track.

A Cat-egory of His Own

I find all of Harry W. Frees images ridiculously entertaining and hope his work gets elevated to the homepage list of photographers right along with the likes of Ansel Adams. Heck, since Frees and Adams were contemporaries for a few decades, I like to imagine that these kittens might have chugged through the Sierra Nevadas in my mental Frees-Adams mash-up.

 
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