1. Frank Praytor, a Marine who rescued a kitten in Korea, 1952
He named her Miss Hap and hand-reared her. More here.
Via the U.S. Naval Institute’s Cats in the Sea Services page.
2. Guy Bogart, mayor of Beaumont, California, 1955
My dream man? My dream office? BOTH.
Source: Beaumont Library District, via Calisphere.
3. Mr. Baker, a railroad traffic director in South Carolina, 1942
Photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt for LIFE. Time Inc. Via the LIFE photo archive.
4. Poet Rod McKuen, 1967
Photo by Ralph Crane for LIFE. Time Inc. Via the LIFE photo archive.
5. THIS f*ckin’ guy.
At the black cat auditions for Tales of Terror, 1961. Photo by Ralph Crane for LIFE. Time Inc. Via the LIFE photo archive.
6. This Chicago firefighter with his station’s mascots, 1928
DN-0086445, Chicago Daily News negatives collection, Chicago History Museum. Via the Library of Congress American Memory site.
7. The Beastie Boys
Unknown photographer and source. Via Reviler.
8. This passed-out patron of Sammy’s Bowery Follies, 1947
More about Sammy’s, an old New York fleabag saloon and “alcoholic haven,” here.
Source: U.S. National Archives on Flickr.
9. This Chinatown opium smoker, early 1900s
Source: California Historical Society, North Baker Research Library, San Francisco. Via Calisphere.
10. Turkish Ambassador Mehmet Munir Ertegun, 1944
Jowls on the left; cat lips on the right.
Photo by George Skadding for LIFE. Time Inc. Via the LIFE photo archive.
11. French artist Balthus, 1956
Photo by Loomis Dean for LIFE. Time Inc. Via the LIFE photo archive.
12. Harry Edwards, a miller in Bettws Gwerfil Goch, Wales, 1957
Photo by Geoff Charles for Y Cymro. Source: National Library of Wales.
13. J. Johansson, a farmer in Åslunda, Uppland, Sweden, 1930s
Photo by Einar Erici. Source: Swedish National Heritage Board on Flickr.
14. Composer Alan Hovhaness, 1955
Photo by Gordon Parks for LIFE. Time Inc. Via the LIFE photo archive.
15. Anthropologist Harold Scheffler, late 1960s
Source: Mandeville Special Collections Library, University of California, San Diego, via Calisphere.
16. Wisconsin hermit Abraham Schmocker outside his log cabin, ca. 1885
Photograph by Gerhard Gesell. Source: Wisconsin Historical Society.
17. Aviator John B. Moisant and Mademoiselle Fifi, 1910
Moisant and Mlle Fifi made the first passenger flight across the English Channel on August 23, 1910. More here.
Source: Library of Congress, via Wikipedia.
18. This cop, who stopped New York traffic for a cat and her kitten, 1925
There’s more to this story here.
Photo by Harry Warnecke for the New York News. Via Iconic Photos.
19. This guy, ca. 1840-1860
Source: Daguerreotype collection, Library of Congress.
20. Big band leader Sam Donahue with Hep, 1946
Source: Library of Congress on Flickr.
21. This long-suffering reader, 1960
From the book Siamese Cats by Louise Van der Meid, 1960. Photographs by the author. Source: Open Library.