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Camera? What Camera?

Camera? What Camera?

"Miss Mary E. Patton. Dog Show, 1915." One of many images from the Washington dog show of 1915 showing fancy canines and their even fancier owners, all of them female for some reason. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Holy dog-bangs!

That pooch needs a seeing-eye woman!

There's more, you say?

You say there are many images from this dog show? Pleasepleaseplease say you'll be posting them, too.

[Okay. "You'll be posting them, too"! - Dave]

Bearded Collie

Mrs. Patton is showing a bearded collie. If you have property that's the breed to have -- they are majestic. The doorway dog does have haunches like a whippet.

...and I bet that an English

...and I bet that an English sheepdog at a dog show today would have its own hairdresser! This one looks a little windblown.


The dogs in the background look like whippets -- much smaller than greyhounds. The one in front in an Old English Sheepdog. Believe it or not, breeds may change a lot over a century. For example, bull terriers did not used to have their egg-shaped head.

Could it be?

That streamlined dog in the doorway bears a striking resemblance to Santa's Little Helper, the retired racing greyhound that appears frequently as Homer Simpson's family pet.

Night and Day

Her dog looks very different from the dog visible in the background!


After looking through hundreds of Shorpy's pictures and seeing how much has changed over the last 100-150 years, it's funny how a 100 year-old dog looks pretty much the same as a dog today!

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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