Picture the Dog – Antique Dog Photographs
I CLEARLY REMEMBER the first old photograph of a dog that captured my heart and sparked my dog picture collecting interest.
It was a real photo postcard (RPPC) of a dog so similar to a dog of my own I was astounded. It was as if Ed (my dog) had a secret life!
The photo was a black-and-white image from another era. One in which Ed displayed that same splayed-leg sit; the enthusiastic open-mouthed grin that always seemed to say: “That was great! What’s next?”
Did Ed really have another existence where the glint in his eye and lust for a life tackled at speed were just as apparent as his life with me? Common sense says, no! . It wasn’t Ed in that picture. The photograph I was looking at had been made around 1910.
And so I wondered — who was this dog? Who owned him? How long did he live? And what was his relationship with a family that loved him enough to have him posed in a studio and photographed so that they would always remember him?
Clearly these questions couldn’t be answered so I simply bought the photo, decided it looked lonely, and bought a whole lot more!
Apart from a desire to own old pictures of dogs which looked similar to my own, I became fascinated by the way the people in Victorian and Edwardian times dressed their dogs, taught them tricks, let them smoke and have a beer, and soon I began to collect photos of dogs doing the most un- Canine things.
Check back often as I share some favourite old dog pictures from my collection. Who knows, you too may find a familiar face among the old photos.
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