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loves: you win if you guessed "pets" and "museums". Also books, art history, travel, British punk, Korean kimchi, bindis, martinis, and other things TBD. I will always make it very clear if a post is sponsored in any way. Drop me a line at thepetmuseum AT gmail.com !

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

vintage wordless wednesday

courtesy m mcguire - took me long enough, man!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

revisiting: be kind to animals

thanks freevintageposters.com.  PD: UD
A few days ago I shared the sweet, thought-provoking poster by Morgan Dennis asking us all to Be Kind to Animals.  Here's the kitty version: the family has moved away, leaving a beautiful tortoiseshell to fend for itself.  Luckily, a boy and his dog have it in their hearts to offer a meal.  (When are people going to evolve past the cat abandonment thing?)

Saturday, December 13, 2014


thanks wikimedia commons. PD.
Well, that's a silly title, but I really wanted you to see this block of postage stamps from Azerbaijan, 2002.

Friday, December 12, 2014

the mistaken mastiff, 1858

. . . Captain Brown gives an interesting instance of the gentleness of a mastiff towards a child. He says that a large and fierce mastiff, which had broken his chain, ran along a road near Bath, to the great terror and consternation of those whom he passed. When suddenly running by a most interesting boy, the child struck him with a stick, upon which the dog turned furiously on his infant assailant. The little fellow, so far from being intimidated, ran up to him, and flung his arms round the neck of the enraged animal, which instantly became appeased, and in return caressed the child. It is a fact well known, that few dogs will bite a child, or even a young puppy. Captain Brown adds, that he possesses a mastiff, which will not allow any one of his family to take a bone from him except his youngest child.

From Edmund Jesse's Anecdotes of Dogs, p. 448.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

style and prey

thanks vintageprintable.swivelchairmedia.com.  Believed PD:US in good faith
This illustration of a black cat - "catus niger," reads the inscription below his feet - is so awash in style and attitude that it took me a few beats before I realized  there was a mouse under one paw.  Leave it to 17th-century Italy to illustrate a natural history text on animals with a mix of elegance and essence.  This fellow (by some other hand) is found in one of the works written by pioneering Italian naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605), who among other things established Bologna's botanical garden.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

mostly wordless vintage wednesday

from the Museum collection
"Beautiful view of your rear," says the note written on the back.

Monday, December 08, 2014

a vintage poster with a timeless reminder

thanks freevintageposters.com. believed PD in good faith.
Here's a sweet reminder of what we all know:  "Be Kind to Animals," says this poster from the State Humane Office for Wisconsin.  The girl and her tenderly wrapped dog are by Morgan Dennis (1892-1960), who's best known for his dog illustrations in advertising campaigns and public service posters over the war years.  His work tends to have this sketched look to it, with the sort of technique where you clearly see the strokes of the pencil.  I like that; it makes me reflect on the hand and thought that made this image come to be, and if I were any good with my hands I could learn a bit about how to shade forms into a fluffy dog and his loving girl.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

three young dogs

courtesy the rijksmuseum (PD) - see this permalink
These three tubbies roll across the pages of an album published first in 1802.  The creator, Nakamura Hochu, died circa 1820; this is from the third edition of 1826.  Other artists' work were featured in this album as well - Izumiya Shojiro, and possibly Matsuda Shinzuke.   Want to see everything in this album?  The list of images is here at the Rijksmuseum website (I rather like the Three Rats).