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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Cats

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.

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.

 
 
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