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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Cats

The Kittens of War: 1914

The Kittens of War: 1914

Launching a 10-pound furball into Puppy Camp!

1914. "Cats in coveralls, posed as if firing a toy cannon." It looks like nappy-time for Bottom Gun. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Domestic Cats: 1914

Domestic Cats: 1914

Two things you cannot escape:

        1. The Spanish Inquisition.
        2. The costumed cats of Harry W. Frees

1914. "Kittens in costume preparing to make tea with kettle boiling on toy stove." Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Hybrid Power: 1914

Hybrid Power: 1914

1914. "Kitten in costume on mule pulling kitten in toy touring car." Our weekly dose of the KONRSVW. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Knitting Kittens: 1914

Knitting Kittens: 1914

1914. "Four costumed kittens entangled in yarn." Our weekly visit with TKONRSVW.* Photo by Harry Whittier Frees. View full size.

 

Barnyard Buddies: 1936

Barnyard Buddies: 1936

December 1936. "William Helmke farm near Dickens, Iowa." Kittycat and Piglet sharing a Mulesicle. Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Cat Wedding: 1914

Cat Wedding: 1914

1914. "Kittens in costume as bride and groom, being married by third kitten in ecclesiastical garb." Holy catrimony! Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Blended Family: 1914

Blended Family: 1914

1914. "Puppy 'mother' in costume holding kitten 'baby'." Like millions of other kitties, this one was probably adopted. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 
 
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