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“Mabel Taliaferro, an American Staffordshire Bull Terrier Puppy, and a Cat,” ca. 1917. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.

Taliaferro sits in an overstuffed chair and holds her pets still for the photographer. Original caption: “Mabel Taliaferro, Metro Star, in the library of her New York apartment with her pets ‘Hopey’ and ‘Gertie.’”

Mabel Taliaferro, an American Staffordshire Bull Terrier Puppy, and a Cat,” ca. 1917. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.

Taliaferro sits in an overstuffed chair and holds her pets still for the photographer. Original caption: “Mabel Taliaferro, Metro Star, in the library of her New York apartment with her pets ‘Hopey’ and ‘Gertie.’

Sorta getting a postmortem vibe here. Happy Halloween!
Clara Middleton: Woman with Pets. Madison, Wisconsin, ca. 1909. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.

An unidentified woman sits in a rocking chair holding the Middleton family dog, Tootsie, and a cat. The pets are dressed in gowns and the cat wears a sweater and knit hat.

Sorta getting a postmortem vibe here. Happy Halloween!

Clara Middleton: Woman with Pets. Madison, Wisconsin, ca. 1909. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.

An unidentified woman sits in a rocking chair holding the Middleton family dog, Tootsie, and a cat. The pets are dressed in gowns and the cat wears a sweater and knit hat.

More from the Krueger family!
Photograph by Alexander Krueger, 1899. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.

Sarah Krueger Bhend feeds kittens in front of a farm building.

More from the Krueger family!

Photograph by Alexander Krueger, 1899. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.

Sarah Krueger Bhend feeds kittens in front of a farm building.

Alternate title (suggested by Blackie): Mein Kampf.
Louie Milton Thiers, “Blackie,” Kenosha County, Wisconsin, ca. 1880-1914. Source: Kenosha County Historical Society, via University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

Alternate title (suggested by Blackie): Mein Kampf.

Louie Milton Thiers, “Blackie,” Kenosha County, Wisconsin, ca. 1880-1914. Source: Kenosha County Historical Society, via University of Wisconsin Digital Collections.

Photograph by Clara Middleton, ca. 1897. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.

Forest Middleton, dressed in a fur coat and a bonnet, holds the handle of a doll buggy. The buggy carries a dog dressed in a stocking cap and sweater, as well as a cat in bonnet and blanket. In the background, a china commode set sits on a small wooden commode.

Photograph by Clara Middleton, ca. 1897. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.

Forest Middleton, dressed in a fur coat and a bonnet, holds the handle of a doll buggy. The buggy carries a dog dressed in a stocking cap and sweater, as well as a cat in bonnet and blanket. In the background, a china commode set sits on a small wooden commode.

Gerhard Gesell: Abraham Schmocker Seated Outside His Log Cabin, ca. 1885. Alma, Wisconsin. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.

Abraham Schmocker, a “hermit” who lived in “Stumptown” near Alma, seated on a bench outside his log cabin, holding a kitty. He was a Swiss immigrant, arriving in the United States in 1844, one of the first settlers of Buffalo County. His name appears on the 1860, 1870 and 1880 census records in the township and village of Alma. He lived to be 85 years old.

Gerhard Gesell: Abraham Schmocker Seated Outside His Log Cabin, ca. 1885. Alma, Wisconsin. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.

Abraham Schmocker, a “hermit” who lived in “Stumptown” near Alma, seated on a bench outside his log cabin, holding a kitty. He was a Swiss immigrant, arriving in the United States in 1844, one of the first settlers of Buffalo County. His name appears on the 1860, 1870 and 1880 census records in the township and village of Alma. He lived to be 85 years old.

Charles Van Schaick: Cat Walking Across Yard, undated. Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.

Charles Van Schaick: Cat Walking Across Yard, undated. Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.

My title: Bro Elbow with Book.
Photograph by Clara Middleton, ca. 1905. Madison, Wisconsin. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.

A cat, which appears to be dozing, is posed with an open copy of Ernest Seton-Thompson’s “Wild Animals I Have Known.”

My title: Bro Elbow with Book.

Photograph by Clara Middleton, ca. 1905. Madison, Wisconsin. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.

A cat, which appears to be dozing, is posed with an open copy of Ernest Seton-Thompson’s “Wild Animals I Have Known.”

International Harvester Company, Child Holding Kitten, ca. 1920. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.

International Harvester Company, Child Holding Kitten, ca. 1920. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.