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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Cats

The Tea Party: 1914

The Tea Party: 1914

1914. "Kittens in costume at banquet table with tea service." Conclave of the Congressional Catnip Caucus. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Enough Room: 1914

Enough Room: 1914

1914. "Two kittens in costume on swing." Posed by Harry W. Frees, founding father of photographic feline anthropomorphism. View full size.

 

Cat and Mouse: 1931

Cat and Mouse: 1931

Washington, D.C., circa 1931. "Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse drawing." One day he'll be bigger than you, cat! Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

That Cat: 1914

That Cat: 1914

1914. "Kitten being carried on back of doll." And quite a doll, even if she is no Grace Kelly. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

To Catch a Kitten: 1954

To Catch a Kitten: 1954

1954. "From photographs of actress Grace Kelly on the movie set of To Catch a Thief." Photo by Robert Vose for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Kittycat Express: 1914

Kittycat Express: 1914

1914. "Kittens in costume riding miniature locomotive." And it seems like just yesterday (or last week) that these guys were being pushed around in a stroller -- they grow up so fast. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

All My Kittens: 1914

All My Kittens: 1914

From almost 100 years ago: "Dog in costume of dress and lady's hat pushing cart with three kittens." Middle Kitten is quite the trouper, having appeared in several other pictures in this series by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 
 
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