Err, yeah, Lolcats

Victorian photographer Harry Whittier Frees pioneered Lolcats a century ago

And I think I’m right in saying that he did so by gassing them, stuffing them and then posing them.

9 thoughts on “Err, yeah, Lolcats”

  1. So Much for Subtlety

    And I think I’m right in saying that he did so by gassing them, stuffing them and then posing them.

    So a Sound Chap. I mean, basically. When you get down to it.

  2. In Audubon’s day there wasn’t any choice, photography and binoculars being unavailable. Gilbert White had to procure specimens by the same method, despite being a first class observer of nature even without technical aids.

    The best example of this kind of animal diorama was the Potter museum at Bramber in West Sussex, a favourite venue of my childhood for family trips. Now sadly broken up and dispersed.

  3. Yeah, he would buy job lots of unwanted kittens, top them, then set up his ghoulish little tableaux. The Victorians really were a rum bunch.

  4. Thornavis
    December 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    In Audubon’s day there wasn’t any choice


    Uhh . . . he could have chosen to leave them alone.

  5. There wasn’t any choice if he was going to do the artistic and ornithological work he did, whether one thinks that a good or bad choice is a matter of individual taste and how highly you value such work, I value it very highly. White’s work was even greater IMO and as he wasn’t an artist he didn’t have to kill so much.

  6. So Much for Subtlety

    Gamecock – “Uhh . . . he could have chosen to leave them alone.”

    Would that have been a good thing? Or even helped the birds as species? There was no other way to do science in the Victorian period except to go out and shoot stuff. They did not, as has been said, have the technology to do anything else. They could have let science go hang, but would we have been better off without Darwin’s theory for instance (based as it was on the study of dead finches in London)?

    Even today, I used to know someone who was working on dead birds collected in the Victorian period to measure the impact of various pollutants on modern populations. It was real science and in my opinion it was worth doing.

  7. john77

    What are you wittering on about now, do you really think that the requirements of getting a job done are the same as dictatorship ? I was at the dentist this morning, having a filling done, if I wanted to avoid future pain and difficulty eating there wasn’t any choice. My dentist is Spanish, obviously a covert Falangist, I never knew.

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