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King Tut: 1929

King Tut: 1929

April 12, 1929. "King Tut, President Hoover's big German police dog, now makes the rounds of the sentry boxes in the White House grounds through the night. He is shown with W.S. Newton of the White House police." State, War & Navy building in the background. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Logical dog name in 1929

The world was astounded in 1922 when it was announced that Tutankhamun's tomb had been discovered and as his multiple treasures were revealed after some 3,000 yrs., everybody became intrigued with ancient Egyptian styles in every facet of fashion and design. King Tut's possessions inspired the trends of that era for at least the next two or three decades and his name became synonymous with the finest, ultimate quality ever imagined. Hence, Hoover apparently adored this fine German police dog and tagged him with that revered name.

Work ethic

German shepherds are never happier than when they think themselves usefully employed. No sofa and bon-bons for Tut!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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