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Feathers and Fur: 1908

Feathers and Fur: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Mary Langley Bruce seated with her Griffon Bruxellois, 'Cupid'." 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.


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Mary Langley Bruce was the daughter of longtime New York Episcopal minister Vandervoort Bruce. She was also likely the great-granddaughter of Scottish emigre merchantman Robert Bruce and Mary Langley, who were wed in New York in 1777, and started their family under wartime conditions. Miss Bruce died in 1938.

Looks terrified

The dog - perhaps he has visions of joining the bird on her headgear.

Lighten Up, Mary!

If poor little Cupid is squeezed any harder, his eyes will pop.


I would say that is at least half a full bird nesting on her hat.

Mary could have smiled-

Cupid couldn't.

It has to be said.

"And your little dog, too!"

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