The Real True Historic Origin of LOLCats?


20 Responses to “The Real True Historic Origin of LOLCats?”

  1. impy says:

    I was going to point out Frees as well. Another significant proto-LOLer is the painter Arthur Thiele (1841-1916), whose comic repertoire also included apes and dogs:


  2. Jason Scott says:

    Repair this immediately.

    I didn’t unearth it – a helpful person off Flickr had hundreds of scans of magazines from the 1920s and this was one of the scans. It’s from a 1929 issue of Parents’ Magazine. It has well been established that Harry Whittier Frees predates this by at least 20 years. I would call this an “Early” LOLcat but hardly the first.

  3. jimkirk says:

    Things like this always make me want to send the $2 (including the polychrome frame) to Photocraft Studios, Dept. D, 120 LaSalle Ave., Kenmore, N. Y.

    Ads on old matchbooks or the backs of comic books have the same effect.

  4. Daemon says:

    Merely captioning a picture of a cat does not a lolcat make…

  5. Anonymous says:

    Aloysius is also Snuffleupagus’ first name and the middle name of legendary weirdo/guitar god John Fahey. I learned these things today, prior to reading this post. A strange confluence of Aloysius’s is afoot.

  6. querent says:

    “I can haz yer soul for to nom?”

    oh man, I lolled hard, from the gut. awesomeness. thanks.

  7. Anonymous says:

    “All memes have a finite shelf-life.”

    the 7-day week has held on for a good while now.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The livejournal cat_macros community is having a field day with this one, making modern versions of it.

    (yeah, I also posted this comment on mental floss, but I’m not a bot… just lazy)

  9. libelle says:

    I can haz your soul to eat?

  10. octopod says:

    Harry Whittier Frees ?

  11. Binaryloop says:

    I’m growing a bit weary of the LOLcat meme. Sure it was funny back in 2006/2007. But, it’s getting old.

    In addition to LOLCats I’m thinking that: ‘Fail’, ‘Win’, ‘Epic’, ‘I can haz’ and ‘nom,nom,nom’… are getting tired and boring too. All memes have a finite shelf-life.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I find the cat’s verbiage appropriately villainous for the photo.


  13. Dave Rattigan says:

    Reminds me of a picture that appeared in LIFE magazine years ago:

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