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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNAVAL EN LA HABANA, 1941

Cats

Bright Eyes: 1916

Bright Eyes: 1916

1916. "Dolly sister with Buzzer the cat, portrait photograph." One of the Dolly Sisters (Rose and Jenny), twin vaudeville stars from Budapest who made it big in America. 5x7 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Canary Soup: 1914

Canary Soup: 1914

1914. "Cat wearing apron, stirring pot on miniature stove." As seen on the classic cooking show Kitten Kitchen. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Watch the Birdie: 1930

Watch the Birdie: 1930

Washington, D.C., circa 1930. "Timmons, Mrs. Bascom N." We'll let you fill in the blanks. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Silvester, the Cat: 1913

Silvester, the Cat: 1913

March 3, 1913. "Miss Marjorie Silvester and Buzzer the cat." Favored furry prop in the portrait studio of Arnold Genthe. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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