Vintage Photos of Dressed-up Pets

Putting animals in human clothing has been a source of humor for …well, a long time. We really don't know who thought of it first, but as soon as photography got to the point that you didn't have to hold a camera's shutter open for a long time, such shenanigans have left evidence behind. io9 has a collection of 50 photos of dogs and cats dressed in clothing or otherwise put into human situations. The dog pictured above was a celebrity of 1903 named Bud.

The physician Horatio Nelson Jackson and his friend Sewall K. Crocker were the first people to drive an automobile across America. It took sixty-three days to drive from San Francisco to New York City. Somewhere in Ohio they obtained a Pit Bull named Bud.

He looks fetching in his driving goggles, doesn't he? Besides the 50 photographs by such notables as Harry Wittier Frees, Harry Pointer, and Leslie Jones, there's a video and some gifs from the Dogville Shorts. -via mental_floss

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Ken Burns produced a great documentary called "Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip." It featured Tom Hanks reading Dr. Jackson's letters to his wife.
http://www.pbs.org/horatio/
Burns and historian Dayton Duncan produced a fine companion book.
Word of warning: If you watch the film, the song "He'd Have to Get Under - Get Out And Get Under" will probably get stuck in your head!
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According to a letter to his wife, Horatio Nelson Jackson purchased Bud for $15 from a farmer near Caldwell, Idaho. I know, I know: Idaho--Ohio--Omaha--whatever--it was somewhere in that vast nothing between New York and San Francisco.
By the way, The goggles were a necessity for Bud. The Winton automobile driven by Crocker and Jackson had no windshield and the dust kicked up by the tires proved extremely irritating to Bud's eyes. All three wore goggles when the car was in motion.
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