Even In The 1900s, Humans Were Obsessed With Photos Of Dogs In Clothes

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Dogs have been our best friends for the last 15,000 years. So it shouldn't be surprising that as soon as we invented the camera, we started taking wacky photos of dogs wearing glasses, hats, suits, ties and other gear. Here are the most adorable (and alarming) vintage photos of dogs wearing human clothing.

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A real gentleman, c. 1900

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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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A fiddler dog by Harry Whittier Frees, 1914

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Using sawhorse to saw wood, by Harry Whittier Frees, 1914

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Watering the flowers, by Henry Whittier Frees, 1914

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Making baby's clothes, by Henry Whittier Frees, 1914

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

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Jiggs II, bulldog given to Marines by Gene Tunney, in catcher's mask, on a photo taken by Leslie Jones in 1929

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A dog dressed up as a policeman and with a pipe in its mouth, 1929

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Sitting

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Dog with glasses 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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Dressed up, taken by Leslie Jones, between 1934 and 1956

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Tea Party, 1934

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

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Buddy, the Deaf Dog, late 1950s

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Under A Hairdrier

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Dogs, by Elliot Erwitt

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Forget about all those poseurs who like to play dress up. Sergeant Stubby was the real deal.

Sergeant Stubby was the most decorated war dog of World War I and the only dog to be promoted to sergeant through combat. The Boston Bull Terrier started out as the mascot of the 102nd Infantry, 26th Yankee Division, and ended up becoming a full-fledged combat dog. Brought up to the front lines, he was injured in a gas attack early on, which gave him a sensitivity to gas that later allowed him to warn his soldiers of incoming gas attacks by running and barking. He helped find wounded soldiers, even captured a German spy who was trying to map allied trenches. Stubby was the first dog ever given rank in the United States Armed Forces, and was highly decorated for his participation in seventeen engagements, and being wounded twice.

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