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Proof That Animal Lovers In The 1920s Were Totally Insane

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A lot has changed since the ’20s…

It was a time when pet geese needed spectacles.

It was a time when pet geese needed spectacles.

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Circa 1925: Film actress Fay Webb poses with her pet goose, which is wearing an attractive pair of eye glasses.

Owners let their dogs take the wheel.

Owners let their dogs take the wheel.

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Circa 1929: A chauffeur dog takes her owner for a spin.

…and their cats too.

...and their cats too.

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Circa 1929: 17-year-old cat Silver Boy drives a miniature car. Silver Boy was a regular contender at West Coast cat shows.

Playtime meant unwinding with a nice smoke and your favorite record.

Playtime meant unwinding with a nice smoke and your favorite record.

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June 1929: A dog listens to the radio with earphones while smoking a pipe.

While cats enjoyed the smooth sounds of jazz standards.

While cats enjoyed the smooth sounds of jazz standards.

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January 1926: A cat wearing headphones listens to a radio.

Alligators made for great pets.

Alligators made for great pets.

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Circa 1925: American film producer and director David Wark Griffith poses with his pet alligator.

Which were second only to pet elephants…

Which were second only to pet elephants...

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1923: Actress Madge Bellamy sits atop Oscar the elephant.

…who were also apparently great drivers.

...who were also apparently great drivers.

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Circa 1925: An elephant called Topsy rides her specially built tricycle, which she used to entertain crowds at the Hippodrome in New York.

Dogs were even trained to read minds.

Dogs were even trained to read minds.

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1921: Rex, the mind-reading dog, tests his skills at the Olympia Circus, in England.

And to be excellent boxers in the ring.

And to be excellent boxers in the ring.

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September 1926: A boy spars with 10-month-old dog Battling Von, a member of the Melford Kennels AC of Los Angeles.

It totally wasn’t weird to see someone milking their pet cow at the train station.

It totally wasn't weird to see someone milking their pet cow at the train station.

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A man milks his cow on a platform at King’s Cross Railway Station, London.

Or to see a sailor feeding his pet monkey.

Or to see a sailor feeding his pet monkey.

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June 3, 1929: A pet baboon on board The Friendship.

Or to hear a pet chimpanzee on the other line of the phone.

Or to hear a pet chimpanzee on the other line of the phone.

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An adult chimpanzee and a baby chimp engage in telephone conversation.

It was a time when pets had their own ambulance service in case of emergencies.

It was a time when pets had their own ambulance service in case of emergencies.

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Veterinary surgeon EE Ruebush attends to an injured dog owned by Albert Edward Holland (left) in Washington, D.C., circa 1925.

Which was much appreciated by the community.

Which was much appreciated by the community.

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January 1928: A mobile PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals) clinic attends to animal flood victims in London.

Pet cheetahs made great companions for summer strolls in the city.

Pet cheetahs made great companions for summer strolls in the city.

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American silent film actress Phyllis Gordon is seen window shopping in Earls Court, London, with her four-year-old cheetah who was flown to Britain from Kenya.

And were often a huge hit with the neighborhood kids.

And were often a huge hit with the neighborhood kids.

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September 1929: A little girl pets Felix the cheetah, much to the admiration of her friends.

Dogs were expert stylists to the stars of the 1920s.

Dogs were expert stylists to the stars of the 1920s.

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1929: American actor Mary Nolan powdering her chin while looking into a compact mirror held for her in the mouth of a dog.

And were trained to be fantastic dancers.

And were trained to be fantastic dancers.

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1927: American actor Sally O’Neil plays the violin while an American bulldog dances on his hind legs next to her.

Most pets would gladly lend a helping hand (or wing) to charity.

Most pets would gladly lend a helping hand (or wing) to charity.

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Circa 1924: A goose, belonging to Mr. Black, a grocer from Russell Gardens, Kensington, collects money for the Red Cross.

Teatime with the pet lion and lamb was a daily occurrence.

Teatime with the pet lion and lamb was a daily occurrence.

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“Tornado” Smith, the Wall of Death rider from Southend, and his wife have tea with their pet lion and lamb.

But a nice walk in the park is something that never changes.

But a nice walk in the park is something that never changes.

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October 1929: A woman holds a pack of Saint Bernard dogs on leashes.

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