Thursday, July 18, 2013

The dog as fashion statement

These New York City Library costume collection book plates show how breeds moved from field work to fashion statement in the 1800s through early 1900s.
If it's an equestrian costume it must be a coursing hound.
But I can't tell which breed.

That looks like a Doberman, but Mr. Doberman didn't develop
his breed until later.  It could be an old fashioned 
Great Dane (they were much smaller then.)
The sporting man, or at least a male model who 
looks like one, with Foxhounds.

From killing rats to killing looks, the Rat Terrier made a
 fashion statement well into the 1930s. 

The wire-haired Fox Terrier - think Asta from the Thin Man series.

The Greyhound, always a good fashion statement.

A Greyhound again, looking increasingly stylized.

Could it be the family dog?  Probably. The idea of a single family dwelling in the suburbs, 
fenced garden and family dog was a new one in 1909.  So were "roomy 
patch pockets; very swagger looking."


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