The Soviet Dog Spacesuit From the 1960s

Made out of cotton, nylon, rubber and aluminium, this suit is believed to have been worn by Belka and Strelka, the first two dogs to return from space back in 1960. It was used for the USSR’s Korabl-Sputnik 2 mission during the training phase, where the dogs strapped into capsules wearing the suits and launchedContinue reading “The Soviet Dog Spacesuit From the 1960s”

15 Interesting Vintage Portraits of Tommy Tucker, a Squirrel that Dressed Up Like Human in the 1940s

Many of us probably don’t remember Tommy Tucker, a famed D.C.-area squirrel who used to go to the grocery store in a tailor-made coat and hat. But luckily, LIFE magazine has opened up its archives to shine a bit of light on the dapper rodent. In the early 1940s, LIFE magazine reported that a Mrs.Continue reading “15 Interesting Vintage Portraits of Tommy Tucker, a Squirrel that Dressed Up Like Human in the 1940s”

Rare Photographs of Mark Twain and His Beloved Cats From the 1900s

Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, is referenced in libraries across the world, and, while ranking his best works may keep literary critics busy, his preference in pets is unmistakably cut-and-dry. Mark Twain liked cats more than he liked people. “If man could be crossed with the cat,” he wrote, “it would improve man,Continue reading “Rare Photographs of Mark Twain and His Beloved Cats From the 1900s”

13 Amazing Vintage Photographs of American Pioneering Cowgirls

The word cowgirl originally emerged in the early 19th century. However, unlike the term cowboy, which defined a man as one who tended cows, herded cattle or worked in rodeos, the term cowgirl embodied an emboldened, pioneering spirit. That is perhaps, because in those days it was virtually unheard of for a woman to performContinue reading “13 Amazing Vintage Photographs of American Pioneering Cowgirls”

Tuffi the Elephant and Her 1950 Train Jump

In 1950, a 4-year-old elephant named Tuffi was forced to ride a public monorail in Wuppertal, Germany. The animal was loaded aboard as a promotion for the Althoff Circus. This ride was supposed to be a lighthearted affair, but the world quickly learned that pachyderms and monorails simply do not mix. Even though Tuffi wasContinue reading “Tuffi the Elephant and Her 1950 Train Jump”

15 Animals That Served in the First World War

Over 16 million animals served in the First World War. They were used for transport, communication and companionship. Animals were not only used for work. Dogs, cats, and more unusual animals including monkeys, bears and lions, were kept as pets and mascots to raise morale and provide comfort amidst the hardships of war. (via ImperialContinue reading “15 Animals That Served in the First World War”

Amazing Vintage Photos of Anna Pavlova With Her Pet Swan, Jack

Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) was a Russian prima ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. She was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Pavlova is most recognized for the creation of the role The Dying Swan and, with her own company, became the firstContinue reading “Amazing Vintage Photos of Anna Pavlova With Her Pet Swan, Jack”

56 Wonderful Vintage Photos of Classic Movie Stars Spending Time With Their Pets

Here is an interesting collection of lovely vintage pictures of classic movie stars spending time with their pets. From Rita Hayworth to Alfred Hitchcock, looks like these celebrities had a soft spot not only for dogs and cats, but for all kinds of creatures of the animal kingdom. As you will see below for example,Continue reading “56 Wonderful Vintage Photos of Classic Movie Stars Spending Time With Their Pets”

38 Vintage Photos Showing Huskies in the Early 20th Century

A husky is a sled dog used in the polar regions. One can differentiate huskies from other dog types by their fast pulling-style. Modern racing huskies (also known as Alaskan huskies) represent an ever-changing crossbreed of the fastest dogs (the Alaskan Malamute, by contrast, pulled heavier loads at a slower speed). Humans use huskies inContinue reading “38 Vintage Photos Showing Huskies in the Early 20th Century”