Harry Whittier Frees

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Cat postcard by Harry Whittier Frees

Harry Whittier Frees (1879–1953) was an American photographer who created novelty postcards and children's books based on his photographs of taxidermied animals.[1] He dressed the animals and posed them in human situations with props, often with captions; these can be seen as progenitors of modern lolcats.

Frees was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1879, after which his family moved to Oaks, Pennsylvania, where he did his famous works. In the 1940s, he moved to Florida, where he battled cancer, but ended up committing suicide in 1953.

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  • Cats, Dogs & Other Rabbits: The Extraordinary World of Harry Whittier Frees by Harry Whittier Frees and Sylvie Treille, Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2006.
  • "Speaking Of Pictures ... These Are Harry Frees's Lifework". Life Magazine: 4–5. March 1, 1937. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  • בר, ראם: ”חיות בלבוש אדם ומסורות חזותיות בשירי אמא אווזה של הארי ויטייר פריס“, עיונים בספרות ילדים 20 (תשע″א, 2011) עמ′ 55-16. This Hebrew article focuses on Frees′ photographs for “The Animal Mother Goose” and presents their design techniques, from straightforward mimicry of previous illustrations, through adherence to traditional iconography, to a parody on popular American visual motives not otherwise related to the rhymes. It includes a review of anthropomorphic animals in art, their photographic versions and their becoming a feature of children's literature.

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