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With the “Importance of Being Cute, Pet Photography in Virginia 1840-2013″ exhibit currently at the Library of Virginia, the Virginia Newspaper Project thought it a pertinent time to feature pet related images and stories from its newspaper collection. Animals have always been a popular topic in newspapers and these are only the tip of the iceberg of what’s available. The newspapers featured here can be found on Virginia Chronicle, the Library’s database of digitized historical newspapers.

A Gift for Maud

The Times Dispatch, April 26, 1903:

Bruno, the loyal watchdog, taking a break from his duties

The Virginia Farm Bureau News:

Don’t worry about getting tired, young pup, you have Twee Deedle’s help!

The Times Dispatch, September 8, 1912:

Sometimes, when it’s time to play, our canine friends get “In the Way.”

The Richmond Planet, October 14, 1905:

“The Thrilling Experiences of a Loyal Young Unionist and His Noble Horse,” from the “Campfire Stories” series

The Richmond Planet, October 21, 1899

From the article “Canine Globe-Trotters”

The Roanoke Times, March 17, 1892:

A fierce battle between man and shark and dinner for three sea cats

The Richmond Planet, July 1, 1899:

“Costly Cats” are all the rage in London and Paris.

The Richmond Planet, November 12, 1898:

And no animal blog is complete without a baby miniature horse.

The Virginia Farm Bureau News, June 1978:

Kelley Ewing

Senior Project Cataloger

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