The Real True Historic Origin of LOLCats?

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To be fair, it doesn't predate Aloysius "Gorilla" Koford's classic 1912-1913 comic strip. But this image, from the March 1929 issue of Parents' magazine, could be the first captioned photograph version of the LOLcat. Unearthed by> digital archivist Jason Scott, The photo was advertised as the perfect decoration for a child's nursery. Although, in that context, I personally find it a little nightmare inducing. I can haz yer soul for to nom?

UPDATE: Digital archivist Jason Scott says, "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."

See the full vintage ad over on the Mental_Floss blog

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  1. 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.

    1. “All memes have a finite shelf-life.”

      Are you trying to tell me you don’t still wear your hamsterdance t-shirt?

    1. as noted on other boards, the main interest is in finding examples from old kingdom or pre-dynastic egypt.

  2. 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.

    1. Simon says, “Please” repair this immediately.

      Your concern is warranted, but there’s no need to be brusque. Lighten up and enjoy life!

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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