22 Vintage Photos of Animals Acting Like People
Forget celebrities being just like us. These vintage photos prove that animals have a rich history of indulging in activities usually reserved for humans.
They Listen to Music...
This image: Music lovers partner up for their favourite dance programme on the wireless, February 1926. Top image: A cat wearing headphones to listen to a radio, January 1926.
...And Go to Bars.
January 1936: A camel approaches the bar to be served by "Zandra," the pantomime cat from 'Dick Whittington' at Bournemouth Pavillion.
They Enjoy Family Meals...
July 1936: 'Tornado' Smith, the Wall of Death rider from Southend, and his wife having tea with their pet lion and lamb.
...And Go to Parties.
June 1934: Snake charmer Arimund Banu holds a party for stage performers' pets at the Prince of Wales Theatre, London.
They Play Board Games...
February 1933: A lamb and a cat playing draughts, watched over by a bantam, at Langford, Somerset.
...And Enjoy Sporty Activities!
1940: A young boy on skates clutches a large tabby cat.
Obesity is a problem for them, too.
1935: Ginger, the heaviest cat in London, is greeted by one of the staff at the restaurant where he lives, High Holborn, London, 12th October 1935. Ginger weighs in at twenty-three pounds.
They Go on Road Trips...
September 1934: Mrs C Wylds behind the wheel with her pet pig at Terling in Essex.
...And Take Primping Seriously.
April 1932: Feline film star "Tibby" rests on the knee of Abraham Sofaer, leading man in her film for British Lion at Beaconsfield, The Flying Squad, while make-up man Gerald Fairbank trims her whiskers for the camera.
They Indulge in Fine Meals at Fancy Restaurants.
1980: Arthur, the cat food commercial cat, is wined and dined at a fancy restaurant.
They Get Behind the Wheel.
1933: A cat and a bulldog in a toy car.
They sing, too!
1926: Mr Macfrisco, the singing sea lion, has a singing lesson.
They Celebrate Birthdays...
August 1977: A twenty-seven year old cat celebrates her birthday, an age equivalent to 189 in human terms.
...And Go Window Shopping.
American silent film actress Phyllis Gordon (1889 - 1964) window-shopping in Earls Court, London with her four-year-old cheetah who was flown to Britain from Kenya.
They Strike a Pose.
June 1956: Members of the Malayan Police Band Bachan Singh and Abdul Rahman, due to appear at the Royal Tournament, visit London Zoo and make friends with Anabella the Orang-Outang.
They Do Laundry.
September 1933: A cat hangs a row of tame rats on the washing line to dry.
They Need an Annual Checkup from a Good Doctor.
A zoo vet holding an iguana, circa 1956.
They go tanning.
January 1938: A piglet which is being treated by the PDSA (People's Dispensary for Animals) in Ilford with a sun ray lamp, to cure a skin ailment.
They Wear Glasses...
1925: Film actress Fay Webb with her pet goose, which is wearing an attractive pair of glasses.
...And Use Weapons.
1956: "Carrots" the rabbit fires table tennis balls from a toy cannon.
And hey—they write, too!
1955: A woman teaching her kangaroo to type.
All photos courtesy of Getty Images.