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Uncle Sam: 1908

Uncle Sam: 1908

"Uncle Sam," one of the St. Bernards at the 1908 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.


Westminster Kennel Club

How the WKC got its name:

1876 (or earlier) - A group of sporting gentlemen meet regularly in the bar of a Manhattan hotel to trade stories about their shooting accomplishments and the talents of their dogs. Eventually they form a club and name it after their favorite hotel: The Westminster Breeding Association.

Uncle Sam

N.Y. Times article from 1904 with a photo of "Uncle Sam." Not sure if it's the same dog, but it's a St. Bernard


Everything about this picture is perfect.

Beautiful ghost dogs.

Beautiful ghost dogs.

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