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Vintage photos of:
"Butch & Sally. Feb. 13, 1952." Introducing a new series of Kodachromes that Shorpy found on eBay, taken by a family somewhere in Minnesota. Sally the Dalmatian is in a lot of these slides; Butch the boy, not so much. View full size.
News item: "A photograph of the fox and its capture in the 'fox hunt' staged in the Capitol grounds Monday, in which more than a score of persons aided the Capitol police force to run the brown animal in. George M. Green, foreman of the garage of the Adjutant General's office, who was passing the Capitol on a motorcycle, won all the honors when he succeeded in capturing the fox. It was discovered that the fox wore a leather collar, indicating that he is domesticated." (Washington Times, Dec. 23-24, 1919.) National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.
Circa 1900. "C.S. Jackson group on Dudley Walker's porch." In addition to any Walkers present, this would include relatives of photographer and Detroit Publishing partner William Henry Jackson -- possibly the family of his son Clarence. And a puppy of uncertain lineage. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.
New Zealand ca. 1920s. "Hunter with quail photographed by Frederick N. Jones of Nelson." Dry plate glass negative. View full size.