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I had a book (child's Golden Book I believe) with an entire series of these pictures of cats and dogs dressed up. Wow. Miss Kindeyes Thought Herself Too Severe

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Even in the 1870s, humans were obsessed with ridiculous photos of cats

Probably the progenitor of shameless cat pictures was English photog Harry Pointer (1822-1889), who snapped approximately 200 photos of his perplexed albeit jovial "Brighton Cats."

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Even in the 1870s, humans were obsessed with ridiculous photos of cats

25 Vintage Cats & Dogs Dressed as People. Apparently there was a guy named Harry Whittier Frees that would take horrifyingly cute picture of animals dressed up as people for children's books.