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A lazy afternoon with the dogs

Candid snapshot. Private Collection.

1910s-20s candid snapshot. Private Collection.

A candid snapshot of two men (brothers?) on tipped chairs with two kids lounging in the sun on a lazy day, two of them overrun by three dogs begging for attention! One of the collies looks like it only has one thing on its mind: lick its beloved human’s face.

I’m not sure what is the furry looking thing on the head of the kid to the left.

What’s not to love? II


A Cocker Spaniel and his owner. 1910’s RPPC. Private Collection.

So sweet! This real photo postcard dates from the late 1910’s, this young gent in cap and dotted bowtie casually posing with his Cocker Spaniel companion, on the steps of a house’s front porch. He’s not looking at the camera but is posing like one would in a modern photoshoot!

This is the third photo in this collection of gents from the period with their beloved pets. The others are here and here.

A 1920s smiling young man and his harnessed dog

A boy and his Pitbull dog. Snapshot. Private Collection.

A smiling young man and his Pitbull dog. Snapshot. Private Collection.

A mean looking harness this Pit is sporting! But the dog looks like it’s smiling as big as its proud owner!

My husband says it’s not a real Pit. I replied that some breeds from a century ago are not the exact same ones you see today. Traits have become exaggerated through controlled breeding. This may have been a part Pit, not an expert, but that’s something to think about.

1900s Gents Furnishing & Misfit Parlor

Gents Furnishing storefront. RPPC. Private Collection.

Gents Furnishing & Misfit Parlor storefront. RPPC. Private Collection.

I love this very quaint and informative picture. And there is another employee looking out from behind the shop’s door; too shy to get in the picture? This looks like it may have been a family business. Most caps in this shop were .39c. Some suits are priced at $4, some cheaper. At the time the median daily wages for average skilled workers was between $1.50 and 3 dollars a day, so it gives you an idea of how expensive clothes were. There were no cheaper options like we have today. After rent, clothes took the largest chunk out of people’s earnings, with food (and tobacco and drinks *cough*).

This shop sold menswear but also cleaned and pressed. I find it humorous they called it the Misfit Parlor. The younger gent to the left with a dog at his feet (probably theirs) is looking a bit bored.



Another storefront group RPPC in this collection, this time of tailors.

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