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Man’s Best Friend

i am still as broody for pets as i always have been. we are waiting for the right time (or rather, home) to finally get a dog – and my yearning for one has gotten to the point where i am already naming them. the big dog will be called Coach Taylor, that much i’m sure of. but for now i am resigned to enjoying other people’s pets and looking at pics of animals on the internet. i spent quite a bit of time looking through the vintage photos of owners and their sweet dogs over at Shorpy, so i thought i’d share some of the more interesting shots with you.














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Exploring Shorpy

i haven’t visited Shorpy in a long time, but since i’ve been enjoying the latest seasons of period dramas like Downton Abbey and Boardwalk Empire lately i thought it was time for a deep browsing session. it’s remarkable to see how rapidly things changed at the turn of the century (this is all i kept thinking when watching the season finale of Downton Abbey – how weird to see the characters in the context of a roaring twenties dance club). these photos are in chronological order and range from 1900 through to 1977, and though they are by no means comprehensive or representative of all those decades it’s still pretty cool to see how time goes by. it’s also interesting to see how photos changed when cameras became a staple of every home – a lot of vacation pics and posing in front of cars.

all images courtesy of Shorpy.

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cool peeps

all from shorpy

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more shorpy. morpy.

some recent pearlers from shorpy

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in the navy

men in uniform, am i right?

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lady on the water

lady in the water, taken in 1947 for harper’s bazaar (no photoshop, guaranteed)

and the weirdest thing, as i was writing this post this song started playing on my ipod

lady on the water by blitzen trapper. image via shorpy

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brox sisters, 1924

the brox sisters was an american trio of singing sisters, enjoying their greatest popularity in the 1920s and early 1930s. you can see some of their performances on youtube (love their hair)

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rifle club, 1925

SERIOUSLY! guns & fur coats, my friends.

thank goodness for shorpy.

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