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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Dogs

A Boy and His Dog: 1904

A Boy and His Dog: 1904

1904. "Boy with dog." Oceanside, Long Island. 8x10 dry plate glass negative by the pioneering portrait photographer Gertrude Käsebier. View full size.

 

Marie Smith: 1920

Marie Smith: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Miss Marie Smith." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, one of five photos of Marie and her pup.

 

The Comforts of Home: 1861

The Comforts of Home: 1861

From 1861, a second look at these Northern infantry campers -- and our first glimpse of their puppy. "District of Columbia. Tent life of the 31st (later, 82nd) Pennsylvania Infantry at Queen's Farm, vicinity of Fort Slocum." View full size. Wet-plate glass negative, left half of stereo pair, photographer unknown. This has a lot in common with the pictures Dorothea Lange would be taking 75 years later of Dust Bowl migrants in the agricultural tent camps of California.

Library of Congress annotation: Princess Agnes Salm-Salm, wife of Prince Felix of Prussia, who served with the Union Army, observed in January 1862 that the winter camp of the Army of the Potomac was "teeming with women." Some wives insisted on staying with their husbands, which may have been the case with this woman, judging by her housewifely pose alongside a soldier, three young children, and a puppy. In addition to taking care of her own family, she may have worked as a camp laundress or nurse. Some women who lacked the marital voucher of respectability were presumed to be prostitutes and were periodically ordered out of camp. Only gradually during the four years of the war, and in the face of unspeakable suffering, were women grudgingly accepted by military officials and the general public in the new public role of nurse.

 

Princess Priscilla: 1924

Princess Priscilla: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Princess Bibesco of Rumania." Priscilla Bibesco (1920-2004) led an interesting and peripatetic life. Marcel Proust and Queen Alexandra were her godparents; her father was the Romanian ambassador to Washington. When World War 2 began, she hitchhiked to Beirut to become a spy; after the Communists took over in Eastern Europe, she made her home in Paris. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Girl's Best Friend: 1922

Girl's Best Friend: 1922

April 14, 1922. Miss Elizabeth Zolnay, daughter of the sculptor George Julian Zolnay. 1738 N Street NW, Washington. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

And Their Little Dog, Too: 1936

And Their Little Dog, Too: 1936

December 1936. "Mr. and Mrs. Marcus Miller and dog. Spencer, Iowa." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

D.C. Dog Catcher: 1924

D.C. Dog Catcher: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Dog catchers." View full size. National Photo Co.

 
 
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