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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Cats

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.

 

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.

 
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