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Proof That Animal Lovers In The 1920s Were Totally Insane

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

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.

2. Owners let their dogs take the wheel.

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Circa 1929: A chauffeur dog takes her owner for a spin.

3. ...and their cats too.

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Circa 1929: 17-year-old cat Silver Boy drives a miniature car. Silver Boy was a regular contender at West Coast cat shows.

4. Playtime meant unwinding with a nice smoke and your favorite record.

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June 1929: A dog listens to the radio with earphones while smoking a pipe.

5. While cats enjoyed the smooth sounds of jazz standards.

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January 1926: A cat wearing headphones listens to a radio.

6. Alligators made for great pets.

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Circa 1925: American film producer and director David Wark Griffith poses with his pet alligator.

7. Which were second only to pet elephants...

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1923: Actress Madge Bellamy sits atop Oscar the elephant.

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.

9. Dogs were even trained to read minds.

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1921: Rex, the mind-reading dog, tests his skills at the Olympia Circus, in England.

10. And to be excellent boxers in the ring.

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September 1926: A boy spars with 10-month-old dog Battling Von, a member of the Melford Kennels AC of Los Angeles.

11. It totally wasn't weird to see someone milking their pet cow at the train station.

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A man milks his cow on a platform at King's Cross Railway Station, London.

12. Or to see a sailor feeding his pet monkey.

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June 3, 1929: A pet baboon on board The Friendship.

13. Or to hear a pet chimpanzee on the other line of the phone.

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An adult chimpanzee and a baby chimp engage in telephone conversation.

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.

15. Which was much appreciated by the community.

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January 1928: A mobile PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals) clinic attends to animal flood victims in London.

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.

17. And were often a huge hit with the neighborhood kids.

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September 1929: A little girl pets Felix the cheetah, much to the admiration of her friends.

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.

19. And were trained to be fantastic dancers.

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1927: American actor Sally O'Neil plays the violin while an American bulldog dances on his hind legs next to her.

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.

21. Teatime with the pet lion and lamb was a daily occurrence.

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"Tornado" Smith, the Wall of Death rider from Southend, and his wife have tea with their pet lion and lamb.

22. But a nice walk in the park is something that never changes.

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October 1929: A woman holds a pack of Saint Bernard dogs on leashes.

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