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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Dogs

Dog Funeral: 1922

Dog Funeral: 1922

"Dog Funeral." Laying Fido to rest in Washington, D.C., circa 1922. 4x5 inch glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Uncle Sam: 1908

Uncle Sam: 1908

"Uncle Sam," one of the St. Bernards at the 1908 Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

California Here We Come: 1939

California Here We Come: 1939

July 1939 near Muskogee, Oklahoma. Elmer Thomas at the wheel. Ready to depart for the journey to California. View full size. Photograph by Russell Lee.

 

Mime Goes Motoring: 1910

Mime Goes Motoring: 1910

November 30, 1910. The caption just says "Mime" motoring. After putting in a request to the Shorpy research division, we can report that "Mime" is the dog, a Papillon who lived at the Hotel Walton in New York City and was by all accounts a fan of fast cars (and, from the looks of it, fast women). View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

 

Doggie in the Window: 1937

Doggie in the Window: 1937

April 1937. Children playing in Washington, D.C. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Late in the Day: 1942

Late in the Day: 1942

Street scene in Washington, D.C., winter of 1941-42. View full size. Alternate version here. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam, probably taken near the N and Union intersection of her other shots. Clues are the Chung Wah laundry at 1264, the J. Marucci barbershop and the A. Peterman clothing store.

 

Bonjour, My Pet: 1910

Bonjour, My Pet: 1910

July/Aug. 9, 1910: The French actress Polaire, her little blind dog and the young man she provocatively called her "slave." Newspapers of the day were a bit more circumspect. The Washington Post of April 11, 1915: "Mlle. Polaire has been chief- ly remarkable for her tiny waist, her jewels, her black footman and her dashing originality in any role of life." Full size. G.G. Bain Collection. More here.

 
 
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