Man’s Best Friend Through The Years – 15 Vintage Photos Of Dogs

March 31st, 2009 by Dan

The first camera was patented almost 170 years ago and since that time dogs have been captured in photographs. Dogs played many roles in early photography, being represented as mascots, war dogs, guardians, hunters and entertainers. Of course, some older photos portray dogs serving the purpose most of us are most familiar with – beloved companion.

It’s interesting to be able to document the physical development of breeds into what we see today through photographs of the same breeds taken many years ago. For example, selective breeding for ascetics has increased the size of the Bulldog’s head (which can cause health issues pertaining to breathing and birthing). In the photo below you can see a less bulky, longer legged bulldog who was closer to the look of his relatives bred for their original purpose.

I hope you enjoy this collection of classic dog photos as much as I did as I found them!

Girl Teaching Dog To Sit ( c. 1930′s)

Girl Teaching Dog To Sit

Photo by State Library of New South Wales collection

Dog Barking Into Phone (1957)

Dog Barking Into Phone

Photo by State Archives of Florida

Little Girl With Terrier (c. 1935)

Little Girl With Terrier

Photo by Sam Hood/ State Library of New South Wales collection

“You Ought To See The Other Fellow” (c. 1885)

You Ought To See The Other Fellow

Photo by George Eastman House

Girl With Bull Terrier (1934)

Girl With Bull Terrier

Photo by State Library of New South Wales collection

Owney The Mail Dog (c. 1895)

Owney was a stray who who was taken in by postoffice clerks in Albany, NY. He never left and soon began riding the rails on Railway Post Office trains and was dubbed their unofficial mascot.

Owney

Photo by Smithsonian Institution

Puppy – Taken on The First Australasian Antarctic Expedition (c. 1911-1914)

Antarctic Puppy

Photo by State Library of New South Wales collection

Sargent Stubby (1920′s)
Read more about this brave War Dog here

Sargent Stubby

Photo by Nationaal Archief

Boy With Donkey and Dog (c. 1950)

Boy With Donkey and Dog

Photo by State Archives of Florida

Ch. Strathtay Prince Alberty (c. 1910′s-20′s)
The bulldog in this photo, Strathtay Prince Albert, went on to win BIS at Westminster in 1913.

Dreamworld Irish Boy

Photo by The Library of Congress

Rabbit Hunter’s Pack (c.1884-1917)

Rabbit Hunters Pack

Photo by Powerhouse Museum Collection

Dog Using Chamber Pot (c.1920)

Dog Using Chamber Pot

Photo by MyDearDogs

Fawn, the Great Dane (1939)

Fawn The Great Dane

Photo by Antique Dog Photos

Posing Sighthounds (c. 1875)

Posing Sighthounds

Photo by markdowlrods

Couple With Pit Bull (c. 1903)

Couple With Pit Bull

Photo by ambulldog





5 Responses to “Man’s Best Friend Through The Years – 15 Vintage Photos Of Dogs”

  1. claudia Says:

    Wow Dan, these photos are outstanding! I love the one with Sargent Stubby, he looks so proud! Where did you find all these?

  2. Debra W Says:

    I haven’t ever seen such beautiful pictures of dogs in any other antique photos. I wish I could frame any one of them. Amazing!!!

  3. Paula Says:

    I hope you enjoy the article I wrote about my hero, Owney:
    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2904166/owney_americas_beloved_postal_dog.html?cat=37

  4. ary Says:

    “Dreamworld Irish Boy (c. 1910?s-20?s)
    The bulldog in this photo, Dreamworld Irish Boy, went on to win BIS at Westminster in 1914.”

    I just wanted to inform you that this is not accurate. the list of all past Best in Show winners is on the Westminster site

  5. Dan Says:

    Thanks for pointing this out! For some reason the library of congress had confused Dreamworld with Ch. Strathtay Prince Albert.

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