In Search of the Purr-fect Prank

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

National Geographic offers an early contender for most awww-worthy prank for the day:

Oops. If posting nude animal pictures is a sin, I’m guilty.

On their website, National Geographic fesses up to the prank, offering a slideshow of “real, quirky snapshots of well-dressed cats and dogs, created by photographer Harry Whittier Frees in the early 1900s.” Behold, tiny kittens in clothes:

National Geographic / Library of Congress

Well played.