I love vintage photographs of dogs. So much so that in 2013 I spent hours searching online photo archives to find images to use for the A to Z Challenge. The process could have been easier and quicker if I ignored copyright laws. It would have been much easier if Libby Hall’s photo collection was available then!
Libby Hall spent years and years (1966-2006) gathering possibly the largest collection of vintage dog photography ever made by any single individual. She published five books. Prince and Other Dogs, 1850-1940, Prince and Other Dogs II, These Were Our Dogs, Postcard Dogs and Postcard Cats (coauthored with Tom Phillips). All books are available at Amazon.
The collection was edited down to approximately 900 photos of dogs, mostly with their owners, and donated to the library archives at Bishopgate Institute, London. Dogs of the First World War, a free exhibition exploring the role of dogs as both companions and workers during the years 1914-18 opens March 10, 2015.
For more information:
- A wonderful short biography of Libby Hall at Spitalfields Life that includes many vintage photos and a picture of Libby with her dog: Libby Hall, Collector Of Dog Photography
- A short article and a selection of photo’s at Spitalfields Life: Libby Hall’s Dogs Of Old London
Or, click here to view 537 of Libby Hall’s favorite photos from her collection or here to thumb through the pages of Libby’s newest book, Photography Going to the Dogs: One Hundred Favourite Photographs from The Libby Hall Collection.