Reflections on the 2013 A to Z Challenge

I made it through the 2013 A-Z challenge and now I’m finding it hard to find things to post. The same thing happened after I completed the 2012 A-Z challenge. Last year I thought it was because I used up everything good to post about during the challenge since I didn’t have a theme. Theme year I chose a theme (Vintage photographs featuring dogs) and figured I’d have tons of other things to post about after the challenge was over. I’ve managed 2 posts so far in May. A vintage photo of something other than a dog and a photo of a sculpture of a dog. I guess it’s post A-Z fatigue!

I really enjoy the challenge and if I’m still keeping up this blog next year I’ll participate again. It’s fun to check out such an amazing diversity of blog posts from around the world that all in some way relate to the same letter of the alphabet.

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Z is for Zip Line Riding Dog

Until I came across this photo, I had no idea that zip lines have been in existence for as long as they have.

Mr Tulk and Dog “Sausage” Going Fishing
c. 1935
Photograph by Winifred Tulk
Courtesy of the State Library of New South Wales

Sources of Photographs:

Mr. Tulk and Dog “Sausage” Going Fishing  via the State Library of New South Wales Collection’s photostream on Flickr. No known copyright restrictions.

Y is for Young Dogs

And to think I was stuck on letter Y for ages. These are the cutest of the puppy pictures from the early part of the 20th century.

Puppies  Which Will Some Day Pull Dog Sleds
ca. 1900 – 1923
Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Carpenter Collection
Strictly In It
October 31, 1903
Photoprint copyrighted by Brooks & Baird.
Courtesy of the Library of Congress
Doggies Pose
c 1935
Photograph by Leslie Jones
Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
Blizzard, the Pup in Antarctica
First Australasian Antarctic Expedition, 1911-1914
c. 1912
Photograph by Frank Hurley
courtesy of Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales

Sources of Photographs:

Puppies  Which Will Some Day Pull Dog Sleds,  Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Frank and Frances Carpenter Collection, LC-DIG-ppmsc-01573. No known restrictions on publication.

Strictly In It, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-86228. No known restrictions on publication.

Doggies Pose   via Boston Public Library’s photostream on Flickr.  © Leslie Jones. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives.

Blizzard, the Pup in Antarctica  via State Library of New South Wales Collection’s photostream on Flickr.   No known copyright restrictions.

A- Z Final Break

A few more great pictures I found that didn’t fit with any of my letters…

Boy and Dog: Tug of War on Ice
ca 1934-1956
Photograph by Leslie Jones
Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
Gloria Swanson & Teddy
c 1917
From director Clarence G Badger’s film Teddy at the Throttle
Dog Playing the Piano
1934 – 1956 (approximate)
Photographer: Leslie Jones
Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection.

Sources of Photographs:

Boy and Dog: Tug of War on Ice  via Boston Public Library’s photostream on Flickr.  © Leslie Jones. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives.

Gloria Swanson & Teddy, still from director Clarence G Badger’s film Teddy at the Throttle (1917) via Wikimedia Commons. This media file is in the public domain in the United States.

Dog Playing Piano  via Boston Public Library’s photostream on Flickr.  © Leslie Jones. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives.

X is for Xmas Seals and Dog

I really didn’t want to use Xmas for the letter X. It seems like cheating, but I didn’t even find many good photos for that.

There is/was a great vintage lobby card reconstruction called “Brownie the Dog Plays Xylophone” for sale on eBay, but I can’t post it. if you are interested in seeing it, try searching eBay.  (For information about copyright of images posted to eBay, click here).

Calvin Coolidge with Dog and Christmas Seals
c 1924
Harris & Ewing, Photographer

Source of Photograph:

Calvin Coolidge with Dog and Christmas Seals, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Harris & Ewing Collection, LC-H234- A-9201. No known restrictions on publication.

W is for Working Dogs

There were lots of pictures of working dogs from countries other than Canada.  Library and Archives Canada just had the best copyright free photos.

Dog Miner at Work in a Drift
Photograph by Adams & Larkin
Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada
Quebec – Boys Dog Rig Outfits
Canadian National Railways
Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada
Donohoe Boy with Dog in Sleigh
c 1901
Photograph attributed to James Ballantyne
Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada
Dog Carrying Gear, Larsen Expedition
ca 1940-1944
Courtesy of Library and Archives Canada

Sources of Photographs:

Dog Miner at Work in a Drift, Library and Archives Canada, George G. Murdoch Collection, DAPDCAP337919. Copyright expired. No restrictions on access or on use.

Quebec – Boys Dog Rig Outfits, Library and Archives Canada, Canadian National Railway Company Fonds,   DAPDCAP454012. Copyright expired. No restrictions on access or on use.

Donohoe Boy with Dog in Sleigh, Library and Archives Canada, James Ballantyne Fonds, FA-227. Copyright expired. No restrictions on access or on use.

Dog Carrying Gear, Larsen Expedition, Library and Archives Canada, Henry Asbjorn Larsen Fonds, DAPDCAP51090  Copyright expired. No restrictions on access or on use.

V is for Vaudeville Dogs

Frances White in Dressing Room
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
George Grantham Bain Collection

Frances White was best known for her rendition of Mississippi (the spelling song). I couldn’t find any information about the dog.

Artist and Dog Arrive by Melbourne Express
10/12/1937
Courtesy  of the State Library of New South Yales

In this photo the dog is the vaudeville star and nothing is known about the man.

Biographical Note – “Toy, a half-bred Scotch terrier”, who appeared in the J.C. Williamson production ‘Balalaika’, which ran at the Sydney Theatre Royal from 16 December 1937 to 4 March 1938. The other chap might be the musical’s director, Frederick Blackman (who, per this SMH item, was evidently impressed by Toy)…or perhaps a member of the cast…or perhaps even a NSW Railways Dept dog handler! American actor Robert Halliday was the male star of ‘Balalaika’, but it’s not him. 

Performing Dogs, Sydney
c 1937
Courtesy of the  of the State Library of New South Wales

Source of Photographs:

Frances White in Dressing Room, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-DIG-ggbain-25103. No known restrictions on publication.

Artist and Dog Arrive by Melbourne Express, State Library of New South Yales, Hood Collection part I : Sydney streets, buildings, people, activities and events, ca. 1925-1955, Home and Away – 16031. No known copyright restrictions.

Performing Dogs, Sydney via the State Library of New South Yales Collection’s photostream on Flickr. No known copyright restrictions.

U is for Upright Dogs

Dog Sitting on Hind Legs
1920s
Photograph by Harry Walker
Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Burdette Keeland Architectural Papers, 1926-2000
Studio Portrait of a Dog in a Chair Wearing a Hat
1860s
Photograph by  O.F. Baxter
Courtesy of the New York Public Library
Robert N. Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views
Christmas Story
1923 or 1924
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division
National Photo Company Collection 
Prize Winning Pomeranian Dog
1923
 Courtesy of  the State Library of South Australia

Source of Photographs:

Dog Sitting on Hind Legs, University of Houston Libraries, UH Digital Library, ID 2002-005. This image is in the public domain and may be used freely.

Studio Portrait of a Dog in a Chair Wearing a Hat, New York Public Library Digital Collections, ID: g90f317_062f  . This image is in the public domain and may be used freely.

Christmas Story, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, National Photo Company Collection, LC-DIG-npcc-10200. No known restrictions on publication.

Prize Winning Pomeranian Dog, State Library of South Australia, Searcy Collection, PRG 280/1/38/239.
No known restrictions on publication.

T is for Tolerant Dogs

Boy in Cowboy Suit Astride a Dog
ca 1932 – 1947
Photograph by Tom Lennon
Courtesy of  Tom Lennon Photographic Archive Collection, Powerhouse Museum

Dog and Rooster Are Pals
ca 1917 – 1934
Photograph by Leslie Jones
Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Leslie Jones Collection
Duncan
c 1919
Photograph by Elfie Huntington & Joseph Daniel Bagley
Courtesy of  L. Tom Perry Special Collections,  Brigham Young University – Harold B. Lee Library

Sources of Photographs:

Boy in Cowboy Suit Astride a Dog via the Powerhouse Museum Collection’s Photostream  on Flickr, Tom Lennon Photograph Collection. No known copyright museums.

Dog and Rooster are Pals  via Boston Public Library’s photostream on Flickr.  © Leslie Jones. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives.

Duncan
, L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, MSS P 4 # 4340. Photograph is in the public domain.

S is for Singing Dogs

Small Boy with a Pet Dog Singing in Unison
Photographer: C. Fox
January 27, 1939
Courtesy of the State Library of Victoria
Singing Dog
c 1942
Air Corps Gunnery School
Tyndall Field, Florida

Sources of Photographs:

  • Small Boy with a Pet Dog Singing in Unison via the State Library of Victoria – File is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license and is available at Wikimedia Commons
  • Singing Dog via Tyndall Field, Florida – World War II Collection on Flickr. File is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.