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Actress Jayne Mansfield with Her Daughter and Pets, July 1955. Photograph by Charles Nerpel. Source: Corbis.

Despite her hectic schedule, Hollywood’s new glamour girl always manages to spend time with her daughter, Jayne Marie, 4, product of an early marriage that ended in divorce. In on this particular act are Jayne’s two Persians, Sabrina and Ophelia. Jayne also extends her hospitality to an ordinary alley cat named Romulus, a Chihuahua, a Great Dane, two turtles and a rabbit.


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Actress Jayne Mansfield with Her Daughter and Pets, July 1955. Photograph by Charles Nerpel. Source: Corbis.

Despite her hectic schedule, Hollywood’s new glamour girl always manages to spend time with her daughter, Jayne Marie, 4, product of an early marriage that ended in divorce. In on this particular act are Jayne’s two Persians, Sabrina and Ophelia. Jayne also extends her hospitality to an ordinary alley cat named Romulus, a Chihuahua, a Great Dane, two turtles and a rabbit.

© Bettmann/CORBIS
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.

"The little girl with the cat in her lap turned out to be mom." 
Philadelphia, early 1930s.
Out of the cascade of vintage mom pictures in my Facebook feed yesterday, the best had to be this one, from my friend Sue. She’s a poet and has two excellent Tumblrs. Check out Maggie: A Magazine (poetry and dogs) and Franklinstein (mashing up Gertrude Stein, Ben Franklin, and the history of Germantown, Philadelphia).

"The little girl with the cat in her lap turned out to be mom."

Philadelphia, early 1930s.

Out of the cascade of vintage mom pictures in my Facebook feed yesterday, the best had to be this one, from my friend Sue. She’s a poet and has two excellent Tumblrs. Check out Maggie: A Magazine (poetry and dogs) and Franklinstein (mashing up Gertrude Stein, Ben Franklin, and the history of Germantown, Philadelphia).

Studio portrait of five kittens on a pedestal, probably taken in Compton’s Photo Studio in Brigham City, Utah. Between 1895 and 1925. Source: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives, via Mountain West Digital Library.

Studio portrait of five kittens on a pedestal, probably taken in Compton’s Photo Studio in Brigham City, Utah. Between 1895 and 1925. Source: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives, via Mountain West Digital Library.

Gone Fishing by Wooway1 on Flickr.

Gone Fishing by Wooway1 on Flickr.

“Composer Alan Hovhaness, working in score littered studio with black cat nestling amongst the papers on the piano.” Photograph by Gordon Parks, December 1955. Source: LIFE Photo Archive, hosted by Google.

Composer Alan Hovhaness, working in score littered studio with black cat nestling amongst the papers on the piano.” Photograph by Gordon Parks, December 1955. Source: LIFE Photo Archive, hosted by Google.

Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961. Source: LIFE Photo Archive, hosted by Google.

Ralph Crane, Black Cat Auditions In Hollywood, 1961. Source: LIFE Photo Archive, hosted by Google.

Brassaï: Le Chat Noir, ca. 1945. Source: Centre Georges Pompidou, via Réunion des Musées Nationaux.

Brassaï: Le Chat Noir, ca. 1945. Source: Centre Georges Pompidou, via Réunion des Musées Nationaux.