Vintage Photos Reveal Century-Long Obession with Dressing Up Pets

We've shown you some strange photos of intelligent animals before, but now it's time to share more vintage oddness. These images — some over a hundred years old — are evidence that humans never tire of dressing their pets up in cute and/or weird ways.

The Brighton Cats, carte de visite cards by the British portrait photographer Harry Pointer, 1870s

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The Victorian Gentleman Dog

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The original LOLcat from 1900

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Bud, the first dog across America, 1903

Vintage Photos Reveal Century-Long Obession with Dressing Up Pets

The physician Horatio Nelson Jackson and his friend Sewall K. Crocker were the first people to drive an automobile across America. It took sixty-three days to drive from San Francisco to New York City. Somewhere in Ohio they obtained a Pit Bull named Bud.

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Tommy Atkins, c. 1905

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Old Heidelberg, c. 1905

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An old sea dog, c. 1905

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The Missis, c. 1905

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Group of photos by Harry Whittier Frees, 1914

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Collie's Special Delivery, dog on a toy wagon loaded with Uneeda biscuit cartons, c. 1916

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A German Army dog from the First World War wearing a hat and glasses and carrying a pair of binoculars, 1916

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A Boston terrier named Sergeant Stubby, America's first war dog, who participated in seventeen battles on the Western Front during WWI.

Vintage Photos Reveal Century-Long Obession with Dressing Up Pets

He saved his regiment from surprise mustard gas attacks, found and comforted the wounded, and even once caught a German spy by the seat of his pants, holding him there until American soldiers found him, according to Wikipedia.

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Smoking dog, 1923

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Pep, the dog who was sentenced to life in prison in 1924

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"Pep, The Cat-Murdering Dog was a black Labrador Retriever admitted to Eastern State Penitentiary on August 12, 1924. Prison folklore tells us that Pennsylvania Governor Gifford Pinchot used his executive powers to sentence Pep to Life Without Parole for killing his wife's cherished cat. Prison records support this story: Pep's inmate number (C-2559) is skipped in prison intake logs and inmate records. The Governor told a different story. He said Pep had been sent to Eastern to act as a mascot for the prisoners. He and the Warden, Herbert "Hard-Boiled" Smith, were friends. Pep was much loved, and lived among the inmates at Eastern State for about a decade. While the truth may never be known, in photographs Pep – with his head down and ears back – looks GUILTY" – according to the former American prison's own homepage.

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Smoking, 1926

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A cat wearing headphones to listen a radio, 1926

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Dog winner in L.A., photo by Leslie Jones, 1920s

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Pete, the performing Staffordshire Bull terrier, in costume for his next role, 1927

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Dog responds to every alarm, photo by Leslie Jones, 1928

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A dog listening to the radio with earphones, whilst smoking a pipe, 1929

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A new breed of chauffeur takes the wheel, 1930

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A little girl hangs three Siamese kittens on a washing line in a garden in Croydon, London, 1931

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Dogs are posing in a Graflex B Series camera, photo by Leslie Jones, 1932

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A dog chariot from the 1930s

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A cat and a bulldog in a toy car, 1933

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A cat hangs a row of tame rats on the washing line to dry, 1933

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Dog playing the piano, photo by Leslie Jones, between 1934 and 1956

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Bulldog with hat, photo by Leslie Jones, between 1934 and 1956

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A bulldog wearing a guardsman's hat with a horsehair plume at the Hanham Abbots Kennels in Gloucestershire, 16th February 1935.

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Two bulldogs from Major Gamble's kennels at Effingham, Surrey. 'Cracker Jack' dressed as a 'gent' in a topper looks happy enough but his partner 'Jillett' dressed as an old lady looks miserable, 1935.

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Gangster dog in bowler hat, 1939

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A Dalmatian dressed up like a firefighter, photo by Leslie Jones, 1940s

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A dog in cap and glasses, with his paws on the bonnet of a car on which rests a bottle of beer, c. 1950

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A boxer dog called Jefferson modelling a head scarf and glasses for an intellectual look, 1950

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Bonus: The Dogville Comedies, a series of short comedy films by the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer between 1929 and 1931, known as the "barkies" in a parody of "talkies".

Vintage Photos Reveal Century-Long Obession with Dressing Up Pets

Vintage Photos Reveal Century-Long Obession with Dressing Up Pets

Vintage Photos Reveal Century-Long Obession with Dressing Up Pets

Vintage Photos Reveal Century-Long Obession with Dressing Up Pets

Vintage Photos Reveal Century-Long Obession with Dressing Up Pets