I never thought I’d publish a photo essay of cute kittens and puppies… but here it is. I mean, look at them — these amazingly sharp photographs of kittens and pups are a century old, but their humor and appeal is timeless, as the Internet has proven again and again. Photographer Harry Whittier Frees, born in 1879, began a career in cute-animal photography in 1906, building out a small studio to produce postcards, calendars, and children’s books. While I was researching World War I events on the Library of Congress website, I stumbled across a collection of Frees’s work from June of 1914, and just had to share. The LOLcat is not a new phenomenon.