I'm a historian who writes about the evolving relationships of people with animals. My blog, The Pet Historian, focuses on Americans' relationships with their pets from the eighteenth century to the present. I use material and visual culture to help tell this complicated and fascinating story. Working with my graduate students at the University of Delaware, I also created a website called Disposable America, where we use digital journalism to explore the history of disposability and its material legacy.
Noble Pugs of San Francisco Visit Famous Photographer I.W. Taber’s Studio
More About Cats in the 1950s: Felix’s General Store, Seattle, Washington, 1956
A cdv portrait of a poodle from the Pennsylvania coal country
For “Extra Cat and Kitten Pleasure”: the Early Days of Cat Litter and the Changing Status of Cats after World War II
Dog Toys: Amusement from Two Points of View
My 100th Post! Reader Feedback Welcomed.
A Canine Supermodel of the 1970s: Meet Pooch of Du Say’s for Pets
A pet portrait promoting Mrs. Temple’s Celebrated Blood Purifier (1898)
A Victim of Cat Hypnosis (1904)
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