I never thought I'd publish a photo essay of cute kittens and puppies... but here it is. I mean, look at them -- these amazingly sharp photographs of kittens and pups are a century old, but their humor and appeal is timeless, as the Internet has proven again and again. Photographer Harry Whittier Frees, born in 1879, began a career in cute-animal photography in 1906, building out a small studio to produce postcards, calendars, and children's books. While I was researching World War I events on the Library of Congress website, I stumbled across a collection of Frees's work from June of 1914, and just had to share. The LOLcat is not a new phenomenon. [15 photos total]

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The Aviator. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
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Ten pins. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
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The fiddler. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
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Ready for bed. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
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Making a date. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
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The cook. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
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Weighing the baby. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
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The Wedding. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
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Watering the flowers. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
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Planting time. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
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When bedtime comes. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
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Fire! (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
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Hanging up the wash. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
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A hungry bunch. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #
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The Woodcutter. (Harry Whittier Frees/Library of Congress) #

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