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Proof That Animal Lovers In The 1920s Were Totally Insane

A lot has changed since the '20s... Or has it?

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1. It was a time when pet geese needed spectacles.

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Circa 1925: Film actress Fay Webb poses with her pet goose, which is wearing an attractive pair of eye glasses.


8. ...who were also apparently great drivers.

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Circa 1925: An elephant called Topsy rides her specially built tricycle, which she used to entertain crowds at the Hippodrome in New York.


14. It was a time when pets had their own ambulance service in case of emergencies.

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Veterinary surgeon EE Ruebush attends to an injured dog owned by Albert Edward Holland (left) in Washington, D.C., circa 1925.

16. Pet cheetahs made great companions for summer strolls in the city.

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American silent film actress Phyllis Gordon is seen window shopping in Earls Court, London, with her four-year-old cheetah who was flown to Britain from Kenya.


18. Dogs were expert stylists to the stars of the 1920s.

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1929: American actor Mary Nolan powdering her chin while looking into a compact mirror held for her in the mouth of a dog.

20. Most pets would gladly lend a helping hand (or wing) to charity.

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Circa 1924: A goose, belonging to Mr. Black, a grocer from Russell Gardens, Kensington, collects money for the Red Cross.