Daguerreotypes, the first commercial form of photography, appeared in America around the year 1839. These were produced by first sensitizing a polished silvered copper plate with iodine vapor, and then exposing the plate to light. The image was developed over hot mercury, fixed, and rinsed. This was a direct positive process, meaning that no negativesContinue reading “Animal in Daguerreotypes in the Early Years of Photography”
“My big fish must be somewhere.” The legends surrounding Ernest Hemingway and his days at war — from World War I to the Spanish Civil War, are often recounted, but when he wasn’t risking his life on the battlefield or writing, he was likely hunting or fishing. At four years old, Hemingway learned to fish,Continue reading “20 Amazing Photographs of Ernest Hemingway Posing With Big Fish”
The British pet massacre was an event in 1939 in the United Kingdom where over 750,000 pets were killed in preparation for food shortages during World War II. In 1939, the British government formed the National Air Raid Precautions Animals Committee (NARPAC) to decide what to do with pets before the war broke out. TheContinue reading “The British Pet Massacre of World War II”
American actress Betty White is also a pet enthusiast and an animal health advocate who works with animal organizations, including the Los Angeles Zoo Commission, The Morris Animal Foundation, African Wildlife Foundation, and Actors & Others for Animals. Her interest in animal rights and welfare began in the early 1970s while she was both producingContinue reading “Lovely Photos of Betty White at Home With Her Dogs, 1954-57”
In the early 20th century, getting drunk and riding a pig was considered one of the most extreme sports known to man.
“Pablo loved to surround himself with birds and animals. In general they were exempt from the suspicion with which he regarded his other friends.” – Françoise Gilot Picasso’s life, like his art, was filled with animals. His father was a breeder of pigeons and taught his son how to paint them. His love for theseContinue reading “25 Snapshots of Pablo Picasso Posing With His Beloved Dogs”
Mildred Alexander gave new meaning to the term “cathouse!” She operated a Sherman Oaks cat motel with 30 units that took up nearly an acre of ground. Each feline was housed in a little bungalow and provided with a customized menu that might include lobster or ice water in crystal goblets. Adult cats had barrelContinue reading “Actress Wanda Hendrix Visiting Mildred Alexander’s Motel for Cats in San Francisco, 1947”
Every child at some point begs their parents for a puppy. As a parent, we can’t help but think of all of the added chores and financial obligations that come with owning a pet. But did you know it can actually benefit the health and development of your kids? Studies in pediatric health have concludedContinue reading “30 Lovely Vintage Photos of Kids With Their Pet Dogs”
When you hear about Louisville’s Great Flood, people are talking about the devastating flood of 1937. It rained almost every day that January — nearly 20 inches — putting 70 percent of the city under water. It was the widest and most destructive flood in U.S history at the time. The photo here shows theContinue reading “Horse Found in a Tree After Storm in Louisville, Kentucky in 1937”
Album covers were an important part of music retail sales back before downloads changed the dynamic, and this was especially true of oversized vinyl LP’s. Plenty of artists have, and featured dogs on the covers of their albums. Here are 30 awesome vintage albums that feature dogs on their covers.