My 100th Post! Reader Feedback Welcomed.

This is my 100th post as The Pet Historian!  I’ve got lots of plans for  future posts — next up is one on dog toys — and plenty of new objects and images to share.  I’d love to hear from you about what you especially like and want to see more of.

Family Portrait with Dog

Amateur photograph three children and the family dog, after 1900. Photographer unknown.

My goals in creating The Pet Historian were three-fold:  1) to share my still-growing collection relating to the history of keeping pets in the United States; 2) to use my posts to show how close study of these items can inform our understanding of the complexities — both past and present —  associated with living with animals in and around our living spaces; and 3) to keep practicing my writing during a period  in my professional life when finding long stretches of time has been a challenge.  I’ve tried to share my own delight in the collection, and my sense of humor, in my posts, and I hope that you enjoy them.  I don’t pretend to be a disinterested observer;  my own daily experiences with animals underlie everything I write about.

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Postcard for Sharkey’s Tropical Fish and Pet Supply Company, 1940s?

So what would YOU like to see more of?  Has anything in particular pricked your curiosity?   I am also thinking about putting together a self-published book on my collection.  If I do, what would you especially like to see?

Kasey Grier

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Bird cage with “japanned” stenciled base, maker unknown, United States. Wood, brass and plated tin.

P. S.   And look for a redesigned site in the next couple of months, with new features.

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3 responses to “My 100th Post! Reader Feedback Welcomed.

  1. nancy powell

    Sharkey’s for a fish dealer? I wonder if that was a tongue-in-cheek name selection by the store owner.
    Can you tell me what is the white object in the upper right of the fish tank? Is it another fish, or something else?
    The family dog in the photo looks very similar to the family dog we had as children in the 1950’s -1960’s. My parents said he was a Sheltie, or Sheltie mix.

  2. nancy powell

    Looks like the photo was taken in the family yard, since the ground is grass, and the background could be a sheet

  3. J Bowman

    More about the history of tropical fish keeping in America. Great blog!

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