Harry Whittier Frees

Harry Whittier Frees (1879–1953) was an American photographer who created novelty postcards, magazine spreads, and children's books based on his photographs of posed animals.wikipedia
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Lolcat

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He dressed the animals and posed them in human situations with props, often with captions; these can be seen as progenitors of modern lolcats.
Other notable early figures include Harry Whittier Frees and (using mounted animals) Walter Potter.

Oaks, Pennsylvania

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Frees was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1879, after which his family moved to Oaks, Pennsylvania.
Famous residents of Oaks have included Jacob G. Francis, founder of Elizabethtown College, and Harry Whittier Frees.

Reading, Pennsylvania

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Frees was born in Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1879, after which his family moved to Oaks, Pennsylvania.

Postcard

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Harry Whittier Frees (1879–1953) was an American photographer who created novelty postcards, magazine spreads, and children's books based on his photographs of posed animals.

Children's literature

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Harry Whittier Frees (1879–1953) was an American photographer who created novelty postcards, magazine spreads, and children's books based on his photographs of posed animals.

Audubon, Pennsylvania

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In 1937 he was working in Audubon, assisted by a housekeeper who made the animal costumes.

Clearwater, Florida

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He remained single and spent much of his life caring for his parents; after they died he moved to Clearwater, Florida, where he committed suicide in 1953 after being diagnosed with cancer.

Jane Wattenberg

Wattenberg is influenced by photo collage artist Hannah Höch, painter René Magritte, photographer Herbert Bayer and the 19th Century collage photographer Henry Peach Robinson as well as by animal photographers Ylla (Camilla Koffler) and Harry Whittier Frees.