Seriously, these are from the early 1900's:
Frees began his career as a photographer at the turn of the century.
At that time, picture postcards were a new concept and were gaining in
popularity. His animal photographs were perfect for this new medium
and they decorated the pages of calendars as well. He was hired by The
Rotograph Company of New York to photograph animals for their
postcards: cats and kittens; dogs and puppies; chicks and ducks.
During his tenure with Rotograph, he began adding simple props to his
pictures as well as an accessory here and there ~~ a bonnet or hat; a
scarf or a shawl. During this early period of Mr. Frees' career,
Rotary Photo also published his work on postcards. Rags, his cat, was
a favorite early model as was Fluff the Angora kitten.
Frees photos are also featured on postcards published by:
- H.B. London, E.C.1
- Regent Publishing Co.
- Token/Tokim Charles F. Kimble Ltd (England)
- A. Mason & Co., Ltd (England)
- Kissemis Serien (Dutch?)
- Fratelli Diena Torino (Italy)
- Rembrandt (Dutch)
- ABC (Swiss)
- Axel (Sweden)
- Regent (London)
- R.E.B. (Dutch)
- Supra (Dutch)
The Rotograph Co., NY.....These are some of Frees' earliest photos.
The Manning Publishing Co., Chicago (Genuine Frees Animal Series)
The Nyce Manufacturing Co., PA (Genuine Frees Animal Series)
Kute Kat Komics, #312
Fishing Comics #313
Mason's Alpha, London
Unknown Dutch Publisher