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My uncle, Bryan Hart, with Peter Sneaky, ca. 1958. Probably taken in New Marlborough, Massachusetts.

My uncle, Bryan Hart, with Peter Sneaky, ca. 1958. Probably taken in New Marlborough, Massachusetts.

“The guys hold a card game,” Chicago, ca. 1928. Source: Corbis.
© Kirn Vintage Stock/Corbis

The guys hold a card game,” Chicago, ca. 1928. Source: Corbis.

© Kirn Vintage Stock/Corbis

Don’t worry; he’s not next. He’s just helping.
A cat sits on a butcher’s cart in a street in Ireland, ca. 1930. Photograph by Sean Sexton.  Source: Corbis.
©Sean Sexton Collection/CORBIS

Don’t worry; he’s not next. He’s just helping.

A cat sits on a butcher’s cart in a street in Irelandca. 1930. Photograph by Sean Sexton.  Source: Corbis.

©Sean Sexton Collection/CORBIS

New post on BuzzFeed Community: You Can Milk A Cow Into Cat.
Photo by Nat Farbman: Cats Blackie & Brownie catching squirts of milk during milking at Arch Badertscher’s dairy farm, 1954. Source: LIFE Photo Archive, hosted by Google.

New post on BuzzFeed Community: You Can Milk A Cow Into Cat.

Photo by Nat Farbman: Cats Blackie & Brownie catching squirts of milk during milking at Arch Badertscher’s dairy farm, 1954. Source: LIFE Photo Archive, hosted by Google.

Cat Behind the Camera. Photograph by Ronald Kuntz, March 1956. Source: Corbis.

Our Cleveland cameraman will never ask his subjects to “Look at the birdie.” If there were one, He’d probably eat it himself, since he happens to be a cat. The feline photographer, name Tige, is just getting started as a shutterbug. And judging from his first attempts at photography, Tige probably will spend several of his nine lives trying before he’s a professional. What happens when Tige experiments with his master’s camera equipment is the subject of these photos by United Press staff photographer Ronald Kuntz.

Cat Behind the Camera. Photograph by Ronald Kuntz, March 1956. Source: Corbis.

Our Cleveland cameraman will never ask his subjects to “Look at the birdie.” If there were one, He’d probably eat it himself, since he happens to be a cat. The feline photographer, name Tige, is just getting started as a shutterbug. And judging from his first attempts at photography, Tige probably will spend several of his nine lives trying before he’s a professional. What happens when Tige experiments with his master’s camera equipment is the subject of these photos by United Press staff photographer Ronald Kuntz.

Katje in fototoestel (kitten in camera), undated, by Willem van de Poll (1895-1970). Source: Nationaal Archief (The Netherlands).

Katje in fototoestel (kitten in camera), undated, by Willem van de Poll (1895-1970). Source: Nationaal Archief (The Netherlands).

Seaman with a cat and kitten, c 1910 by Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons on Flickr.

This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Samuel J. Hood Studio collection. Sam Hood (1872-1953) was a Sydney photographer with a passion for ships. His 60-year career spanned the romantic age of sail and two world wars. The photos in the collection were taken mainly in Sydney and Newcastle during the first half of the 20th century.

Other great photos by Sam Hood here.

Seaman with a cat and kitten, c 1910 by Australian National Maritime Museum on The Commons on Flickr.

This photo is part of the Australian National Maritime Museum’s Samuel J. Hood Studio collection. Sam Hood (1872-1953) was a Sydney photographer with a passion for ships. His 60-year career spanned the romantic age of sail and two world wars. The photos in the collection were taken mainly in Sydney and Newcastle during the first half of the 20th century.

Other great photos by Sam Hood here.

Studio portrait of four kittens on a carpeted stool, ca. 1895-1925. Compton’s Studio, Brigham City, Utah.
Source: Compton’s Studio Photograph Collection; Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library. Via Mountain West Digital Library.

Studio portrait of four kittens on a carpeted stool, ca. 1895-1925. Compton’s Studio, Brigham City, Utah.

Source: Compton’s Studio Photograph Collection; Utah State University’s Merrill-Cazier Library. Via Mountain West Digital Library.