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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Watchin' Barfy Grow: 1958

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Watchin' Barfy Grow: 1958

Publicity photograph for Continental Can Company, 1958. "Whatever food you process for our pet population, remember: Continental has the right package for you!" Unless of course it's that Commie wheat gluten. View full size.

Ektachrome?

Ektachrome?

[I don't know, I scanned it from a print. But it does have kind of an Ektachromy look to it. - Dave]

Something tells me once the

Something tells me once the picture was taken the puppy snapped at the kitten who leapt on the boy's head and was clumsily removed by the boy's mother. As she pulled kitty away, it made a swipe across the boy's face.

No amount of promises of ice cream and coloring books could stop his tears.

[Personally I think all three are taxidermied. - Dave]

Cute picture... It's hard to

Cute picture... It's hard to imagine smiling with a kitten's claws sunk into your back though!

 
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