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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Cats

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.

 

Cat Picnic: 1914

Cat Picnic: 1914

1914. "Kittens in costume at picnic lunch." After we're done eating, stick around for fireworks and the six-legged race! Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

I Could Use a Drink: 1914

I Could Use a Drink: 1914

1914. "Kitten in costume grasping pump handle, ready to fill water bucket carried by doll." Another of the vaguely spooky tableaux featuring posed dogs and cats that were a specialty of novelty photographer Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Catpins: 1914

Catpins: 1914

1914. "Kitten in costume with bowling ball and pins." If memory serves, an omen of the impending Apocalypse. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

A Cartful of Kittens: 1914

A Cartful of Kittens: 1914

Circa 1914. "Puppy leading pony cart carrying three kittens." So sweet, you could pour this on your pancakes. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Fresh Up: 1937

Fresh Up: 1937

September 1937. "Icehouse. Rosslyn, Virginia." Just across the Potomac from Washington, the home of beer, wine and 7-Up from 7 to 7, as well as one cool cat. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 
 
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