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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Cat-Woman: 1914

Cat-Woman: 1914

May 12, 1914. "King, G., Miss, with Buzzer the cat. 135 E. 66th Street, New York City." Buzzer served as a prop in dozens of these portraits by Arnold Genthe. 5x7 glass negative, with much curlicue stippling. View full size.

 

Resemblance

Miss King looks a bit like famous 20th century actress Billie Burke did about the same time; both sported the same Gibson Girl-style hairdo and sweet smile, a wholesome kind of beauty much favored in those days.

The claws will be out in a second

Buzzer is ready to GET DOWN!

Orange tabby

If anyone colorizes this, Buzzer looks like a classic orange tabby. Miss King isn't too shabby either. Love that smile.

 
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