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Cats and Dogs Dressed as People, 100 Years Ago

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I never thought I'd publish a photo essay of cute kittens and puppies... but here it is. I mean, look at them -- these amazingly sharp photographs of kittens and pups are a century old, but their humor and appeal is timeless, as the Internet has proven again and again. Photographer Harry Whittier Frees, born in 1879, began a career in cute-animal photography in 1906, building out a small studio to produce postcards, calendars, and children's books. While I was researching World War I events on the Library of Congress website, I stumbled across a collection of Frees's work from June of 1914, and just had to share. The LOLcat is not a new phenomenon. [15 photos]

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The Aviator. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress)
The Aviator. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress)
Ten pins. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
The fiddler. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
Ready for bed. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
Making a date. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
The cook. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
Weighing the baby. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
The Wedding. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
Watering the flowers. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
Planting time. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
When bedtime comes. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
Fire! (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
Hanging up the wash. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
A hungry bunch. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
The Woodcutter. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #

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