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    Man bending over to touch cat sitting on sidewalk, Los Angeles, 1946. Photo by Nina Leen.

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    Man bending over to touch cat sitting on sidewalk. Life Magazine, August 1946 Photo: Nina Leen

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    oldtimeycats: Nina Leen, Man bending over to touch cat sitting on sidewalk, 1946. Source: LIFE Photo Archive, hosted by Google. There’s more where that came from.

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    Vintage Life Photograph: Dapper and kind <3

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