Sunday, March 22, 2009

Dogs of the 1850s...

Via Andrew Sullivan, we refer you to this amazing photo taken in the 1850s (of course, Jill notes, of a poodle!) that will shortly be auctioned off by Sotheby's. This daguerreotype is one of the oldest photographs of a dog ever discovered. What is remarkable about this photo is how similar this photo is to so many images we see today of our fine furry friends. In fact, if you walk into the home of many a proud pet owner, you will see photographs with that same tone, and dogs who might have been littermates of the fluffy pooch in the photo. However, we wonder if dogs of the 1850s wore little pink dresses and jean jackets like their modern counterparts.


  1. I am betting, if the dog was stacked, it would not resemble AKC poodles of today, quite so closely...

  2. Happy dogs are my friends you see
    Happy dogs are friends to me
    But the best thing about a Happy dog
    is the way we are friends to thee.