[Click for larger size.] At Shorpy Historical Photos, which is a wonderful thing on the internet:

1914. "Kittens in costume as bride and groom, being married by third kitten in ecclesiastical garb." Holy catrimony! Photo by Harry W. Frees.

More about Harry Whittier Frees: Wikipedia, here's Shorpy's archives of his work, and Amazon has books of his work.

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  1. Wow. Cute becomes creepy and profoundly disturbing when you stop to think about how kittens could be made to stay in poses like that.

  2. According to the photographer, Harry Whittier Frees, the cats and dogs he photographed were treated with care and patience, and his pictures were the result of stiff clothing and quickly captured shots at just the right moment before the kittens or dogs scampered off:

    Frees utilized specially designed outfits, sewn by his mother, to hold
    the animals in standing poses waiting patiently for the shot he
    wanted. In Mr. Frees' own words, ***"These unusual photographs of real
    animals were made possible only by patient, unfailing kindness on the
    part of the photographer at all times."***

    “Speed is essential in securing these pictures, but very often it is
    impossible to be quick enough. Young animals cannot hold a pose any
    better than human babies, and the situation is complicated when they
    are called on to be precocious in situations naturally foreign to
    them," said the photographer.

  3. I pray that he was telling the truth and not posing dead cats as the dull glazed look in their eyes would make it appear.

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