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Cats

Meat Market: 1936

Meat Market: 1936

April 1936. "Group of houses in 600 block on East Detroit Street. Milwaukee, Wisconsin." Plus: One kid, one cat and the Joseph D. Frinzi meat market. Photo by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Cute as a Button: 1914

Cute as a Button: 1914

1914. "Costumed kittens with thread and scissors in overturned sewing basket." Photo by that auteur of feline folderol, Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Hang On There: 1914

Hang On There: 1914

1914. "Cats in coveralls on chin-up bar." Photo by Harry Whittier Frees, patient poser of anthropomorphic puppies and kitschy kittens. View full size.

 

Cat House: 1935

Cat House: 1935

Circa 1935. "Reuben Lovett house, Princess Anne County, Virginia. Structure dates to 1790." 8x10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Bedtime Story: 1914

Bedtime Story: 1914

1914. "Three kittens in nightclothes, gathered around candlestick." Just the thing to lull you to sleep. Or keep you awake. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Off to the Litter Box: 1914

Off to the Litter Box: 1914

1914. "Cats in costume carrying watering can and garden rake." Photo by Harry Whittier Frees, the Ansel Adams of feline portraiture. View full size.

 

Cat-Woman: 1914

Cat-Woman: 1914

May 12, 1914. "King, G., Miss, with Buzzer the cat. 135 E. 66th Street, New York City." Buzzer served as a prop in dozens of these portraits by Arnold Genthe. 5x7 glass negative, with much curlicue stippling. View full size.

 
 
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