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Vanderbilt Story, Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper. Photo by Toni Frissell, May 1964. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/tofr.27749

Not Enough Cats

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There is no question that Toni Frissell loved dogs. She often photographed her own dogs and also took photos of canines she met on her many photographic assignments. One of her dogs, an Italian greyhound named Bambi, is featured in this color test photo that is included in my latest Flickr album – Toni Frissell Dog Photography Part Two:

Bambi Color Test. Photo by Toni Frissell, August 1963. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/tofr.48751

I don’t know what Ms. Frissell thought of cats. Feline photos are much harder to come by in her work. Two cats belonging to Gloria Vanderbilt make an appearance in some 1964 photos taken for LIFE Magazine.

This grey cat seems to be telling Ms. Vanderbilt who is the boss:

Vanderbilt Story, Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper. Photo by Toni Frissell, May 1964. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/tofr.27808

While this Siamese is more intent on relaxing:

Vanderbilt Story, Gloria Vanderbilt Cooper. Photo by Toni Frissell, May 1964. https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/tofr.27754

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  1. Fun post, Jan.

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