Vintage Snapshots

found photos & other curiosities

Category: Dogs

Bathed in Light

vintage-1920s-snapshot-dog-woman-light-leak

circa 1920s

Pete of C Company, 8th Infantry

Vintage circa WWI photo of a dog named Pete who was the mascot for the US Army C Company, 8th Infantry

Pete, circa 1910s/1920s (click to enlarge)

That looks like one nice dog. I would love to know more about him, but — unsurprisingly — can’t find any mention of him anywhere. He seems to have been regarded with affection in any case.

Fishing Trip

Funny vintage snapshot featuring an and dog "fishing" in what seems to be a backyard

c 1920s (click to enlarge)

The dog, to me, really makes this one.

Elephant, Dog, Rocker, Dress

Pretty, abstract shot of a small dog, an elephant figurine, and a view of a woman's leg and part of a rocking chair

c 1930s (click to enlarge)

Color Blind

c 1940/50s Black Man Holds White Dog Up for Snapshot

Love + Great Tie, c 1950s (Click to enlarge)

A Cat Named After V-J Day?

1950 snapshot of a cat and dog, with their name of the cat noted as "V-Jay," perhaps after V-J Day

V-Jay, at home, 1950 (click to enlarge)

The name of the cat in this 1950 snapshot makes me wonder if he was perhaps born on or around V-J Day. ‘Victory Over Japan Day’, which marked the end of WWII, is celebrated in the United States on September 2, after the day in 1945 the surrender document was signed by Japan (although it also applies to August 14 or 15 — depending on whether one takes into account the time zone — which was the day the surrender was announced). The cat looks to be about the right age to me. If he was indeed named after the end of WWII — wow, what a great way to choose a cat name, and in some small way, perhaps a marker of how happy/significant a day that must have been for so many who experienced it.

V-J Day, by the way (the Aug. 14 version), was also the day the famous Times Square kiss photo was taken. The Leica camera that Alfred Eisenstaedt used to take that iconic shot was auctioned earlier this year in Vienna for about $150,000. The camera used to snap “V-Jay” is of course probably long gone, although who knows — perhaps it is sitting in a closet or attic somewhere. And as a final thought, how nice that someone chose to note the subjects and date. Even the “At Home” has something nice about it.

A Happy Mistake

Vintage photo of a dog jumping out of the frame, circa 1920s

Up in the Air, circa 1920s

Or at least I assume this result was not exactly what they were trying to achieve. If they were, more power to them. It is sort of a particularly well-composed shot as it stands, and is one of my favorite images at the moment. It makes me at least wonder, though, how many digital photos today may end up being deleted should they at first glance appear something of a mistake.

Animal Menagerie

Eerie doll presides over animal menagerie pose

Doll + animal friends, circa 1920s

Just one of my favorite, oddball shots. Must have had to snap that one pretty quick, I’d guess.

One Guy Who Isn’t Afraid to Ask for Directions

Vintage photograph of dog in 1930s automobile

Conversation outside Acme Machinery Co., circa 1930s

More Shadow

Vintage photo of a dog standing on the luggage box of a car.

Dog with Shadow (1920s)

Apart from the fact that that might be a French bulldog – I’m not sure – this could be seen as a pretty “American” image, with the car, dog and Coke sign. Interestingly, though, it looks like this photographer was holding the camera to their face, not at waist level as in the previous post’s photos.

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