Large Collection of Vernacular Photography Documenting a 1960s Dog Funeral
Large Collection of Vernacular Photography Documenting a 1960s Dog Funeral
Large Collection of Vernacular Photography Documenting a 1960s Dog Funeral
Large Collection of Vernacular Photography Documenting a 1960s Dog Funeral
Large Collection of Vernacular Photography Documenting a 1960s Dog Funeral

Large Collection of Vernacular Photography Documenting a 1960s Dog Funeral

Np: np, [1960s]. One hundred sixty one (161) color photographs, all 3 ½ x 3 ½ in. or 3 ½ x 5 in. All very good to near fine. Item #6302

A collection of 161 amateur color photographs of the elaborate funeral for a family dog, presented without caption. This large gathering of images extensively documents the intricacies and ceremonies of the funeral, from the smoking pallbearer, and children saluting at the foot of the coffin, to funerary oration, stuffed dogs, ornate decorations, and friends and family attending with their own pets.

The white coffin, surrounded by red flowers, ribbons, and a banner reading “Beloved Angel,” is photographed in detail along with attending mourners, carried outside, and buried in what appears to be a pet cemetery.

Seen above the coffin is a polaroid photograph of the canine, perhaps a Lhasa Apso, during its waking life and a statue of Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron of animals and against dying alone.

A heartwarming and unique collection of offbeat mid-century American culture.

More images available upon request.

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