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The Empress: 1915

The Empress: 1915

Washington, D.C. "Dog Show, 1915. Mrs. Blanche Strebeigh Bonaparte." Dog owner Mrs. B. (this girl's mother) was married to Jerome Bonaparte, great-grandnephew of Napoleon. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Better Dog Health

Nice to see the Peke looking healthier than some of his counterparts of today. Muzzle not as squashed and eyes not as bulging. Dog shows and breeders have a lot to answer for.

Dog show? Ladies show!

Apart from the fact that the girl showing the dog probably is Mrs B's daughter (unless also little children were referred to as Mrs), it is interesting that for the photographer the owners were more important than the dogs. Even the "brand" was not mentioned.

[The captions give the names of the dogs' owners. - Dave]

Pekingeses rock!

As the proud owner of three wonderful Pekes, this picture makes me happy.

Blanche Strebeigh

This is all you will ever need to know about Blanche. Just go to these two links. Find Blanche here. Her story ends here.

Blanche and Barbara

This young lady apparently had a twin sister, and together they made their debut in 1921. They hosted an afternoon reception on Christmas Eve for high society in their Park Avenue home including a couple of counts and several Vanderbilts (among the illustrious names) in attendance. Misses Strebeigh Make Their Debut (NY Times).

FBI founder relative

Jerome was closely related to Charles Napoleon, founder of the FBI.

[I think you mean Charles Bonaparte, an attorney general who was the first director of the Bureau of Investigation, which eventually became the FBI. - Dave]

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