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Vintage Photos of Cats Doing Human Things

Posted On: May 24, 2019   |   Posted By: Peta Pixel

Vintage Photos of Cats Doing Human Things

Photos of animals doing human things are popular as memes these days, but the concept is far from new in the history of photography. Photographers were already shooting humorous animal photos over a century ago.
In 1898, some unknown photographer shot the amazing photo above in which “a cat is posed seated on a chair in front of another cat operating a camera.”
Starting in 1914, American photographer Harry Whittier Frees shot an entire series of photos showing cats wearing clothes and doing human things.
The Picnic
The Birthday Cake
The Wedding
The Cook
Hanging Up the Wash
Fire!
A Hungry Bunch
Washing Dishes
Pumping
Ten Pins
Planting Time
A Joyride
The Aviator
The Breakdown
Over the course of his career, Frees became known for his photos of posed animals that were published on postcards, in magazines, and in children's books.
“He dressed the animals and posed them in human situations with props, often with captions,” Wikipedia says , adding that “these can be seen as progenitors of modern lolcats.”
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