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A photographer in the early 1900s used to dress up animals and photograph them doing all sorts of human things, and it's simply adorable. Check out 13 of his stunning vintage photographs below!

What A Guy
What A Guy

Harry Whittier Frees was an American photographer who took pictures of live, posed animals to create postcards and children's books.  

No Photoshop Here
No Photoshop Here

Upon seeing the photos, many people assume that they are Photoshopped, but Frees worked during a time when photo manipulation tricks didn't exist. He simply had to have patience and wait until he got the shot he wanted

 

How It All Started
How It All Started

In a 1937 edition of "Life" magazine, Frees explaines how got the idea to become a photographer of dressed-up animals. In 1906, he was at a birthday party when a paper party hat was passed around the dinner table and accidentally landed on the pet cat's head. Frees snapped a picture and thus began his career! He started taking more pictures of animals and sold them to a postcard printer, who asked for even more

 

Pigs Are Hard To Work With
Pigs Are Hard To Work With

"Rabbits are the easiest to photograph in costume, but incapable of taking many 'human' parts," said Frees. "The pig is the most difficult to deal with, but effective on occasion." 

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Kitties Are Easiest To Photograph
Kitties Are Easiest To Photograph

"Puppies are tractable when rightly understood, but the kitten is the most versatile animal actor, and possesses the greatest variety of appeal," Frees said.  

Patience Is Key
Patience Is Key

In order to get the shots he wanted, Frees said, "These unusual photographs of real animals were made possible only by patient, unfailing kindness on the part of the photographer at all times.” In other words, he knew he was good!

Everyone Loves A Cat In A Dress
Everyone Loves A Cat In A Dress

Some of these images are more than 100 years old and just go to show that people will never tire of dressing their pets up in silly costumes

The First Cat Meme
The First Cat Meme

Frees often wrote funny captions beneath his photographs explaining what was happening. Basically these are the original cat memes!

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A Tough Business
A Tough Business

Frees rented his animal models from neighbors, breeders and pet shops in the area. He said his work was so nerve-racking that he only photographed three months out of the year. For the other nine months, he prepared new props, scenes and situations.

Baby Animals Are Better
Baby Animals Are Better

According to Frees, pets are easiest to work with when they are anywhere from six to ten weeks old. That doesn't give him a lot of time to find his animal models

Visual And Auditory Learners
Visual And Auditory Learners

Frees found that a kitten's attention is best held through the sense of sight, while a puppy's is influenced more by sound, and just as easily distracted by it.

You've Got To Be Quick To Make It In This Business
You've Got To Be Quick To Make It In This Business

"Speed is essential in securing these pictures, but very often it is impossible to be quick enough," said Frees. "Young animals cannot hold a pose any better than human babies, and the situation is complicated when they are called on to be precocious in situations naturally foreign to them.”

Thank You For Giving Us These Amazing Photographs
Thank You For Giving Us These Amazing Photographs

His animal photos were featured on post cards, calendars, books, advertising materials, and articles for "Woman's World" and "Child Life" magazines. After a long battle with cancer, Frees committed suicide in 1953, making him only 74 years old when he passed away.

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