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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

The Kittens of Doom: 1914

The Kittens of Doom: 1914

"Two cats, dressed as humans, holding rope, which doll appears to be skipping." Circa 1914 photograph by Harry Whittier Frees. View full size. More on the strangely unsettling photos of Harry Frees here and here. He often used his own cats, Rags and Fluff, with costumes sewn by his mother.

 

OH GOSH!

my grandpa read me this book every night before bed when i was at there house. and i tried to make a book by writing the words and drawing kittens on stapled pieces of paper! we still have it. never knew how old it was! i will hang on to it forever! i actually named my cat agamemnon. im 13 now.

Buzz, Fuzz et al.

>> They had dorky names like Buzz, Fuzz, Suzz, and Agamemnon. Gotta be the same photographer.

Yer memory is good, and so is yer eye. That's "Four Little Kittens" (1935). I have a modern reprint of that one, as well as "Four Little Bunnies" (also 1935 — Fluff, Puff, Muff, and Algernon) and "Four Little Puppies" (1936 — Wags, Tags, Rags, and Obadiah).

I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER!

Wow. That lolcats website has been around longer than I thought.

Cats

These pictures look an awful lot like ones in a reproduction storybook my grandmother gave my son when he was quite young. I forget the name of the story but it was about a family of kittens who went to the fair. They had dorky names like Buzz, Fuzz, Suzz, and Agamemnon. Gotta be the same photographer.

Stuffed Kittens ... Not.

More on the strangely unsettling photos of Harry Frees here and especially here. He often used his own cats, Rags and Fluff, with costumes sewn by his mother. Kind of a proto-William Wegman.

Re: "When asked..."

That was hilarious.

"When asked why he would

"When asked why he would take such a picture, Frees responded 'Perhaps one day, far in the future, there will be some sort of interconnected system of mechano-adding machines--a net-work, if you will--through which people will be able to transmit information 'twixt one another. Were this to happen, I for one would bet tuppence that there will be a great clamor of demand for pictures of kittens in funny outfits."

Yikes!

Isn't this one of the signs of the Apocalypse?

 
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