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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • DIVING FOR SUCCESS, 1929

Cats

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.

 

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.

 
 
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