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!
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.
"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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"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.”
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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