We’ve always had a strange relationship with animals. Some are beloved family members, we farm, hunt, and fish others, and we are awestruck by some for their natural beauty and power. Whatever we think of them, we love to photograph them. And, that’s been the case since the camera started to capture their likenesses in the 19th Century.
Dogs hold a particular place in our hearts. These sled dogs from the 1870s were part of the winter mail line near Lake Superior.
Dogs are especially photogenic when they are doing tricks. Especially when they carry kittens, children, and tiny cans of dog food in their carts.
Apparently, harnessing and riding animals of all sorts was, in the early era of photography, an American pastime.
Photographs of animals riding other animals warm our hearts, too.
And finally, this donkey on wheels just leaves us speechless.