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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Enough Room: 1914

Enough Room: 1914

1914. "Two kittens in costume on swing." Posed by Harry W. Frees, founding father of photographic feline anthropomorphism. View full size.

 

Humble request

I would like to humbly request that you stop showing including these pictures of the poor cats. Look into their eyes. They look miserable!

[You need to bone up on cat body language. Neither their eyes nor ear positions indicate anything of the sort. -tterrace]

Great seamstress

This has got the be the cutest one yet. My hat is off to the person who made those costumes. I've made clothes for my kids and self, and can see the skill involved in making these little costumes. And how the heck did she get the kitties to be still long enough to be measured and dressed?

 
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