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Historic Pictoric: Revisiting Animal Land - Restoring the work of Harry Whittier Frees

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While researching historical photography through the Library of Congress, we came across a un-digitized collection of images that appeared to be old images by Harry Whittier Frees.

Frees was a famous photographer in the early 1900's who specialized in creating cute portraits of animals, dressed and posed in human situations.

With no way to visually confirm what the images were, we put in a request to the LOC’s Archivists to delve into their records and find the corresponding originals. Due to the sensitive nature of the original images, the archivist could only send snapshots of the images by mail.

Researchers determined the images to be from Frees, and at our request the LOC scanned the originals to produce high-resolution digital files of these lost images. These historic images were then made available to the public, and went on to be featured in The Atlantic’s In Focus blog, as well as other national media outlets.

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  1. 1. Restoring the work of Harry Whittier Frees presents
  2. 2. Harry  Whittier  Frees  was  an  American  photographer  who   became  well  known  for  his  adorable  portraits  of  animals,   dressed  and  posed  in  human  situations.     He  began  his  unique  career  in  1905,  and  his  first  book,  The   Little  Folks  of  Animal  Land,  was  published  in  1915.    
  3. 3. “Rabbits   are   the   easiest   to   photograph   in   costume,   but  incapable  of  taking  many  'human'  parts.  Puppies   are  tractable  when  rightly  understood,  but  the  kitten   is  the  most  versatile  animal  actor,  and  possesses  the   greatest  variety  of  appeal.”  –  H.W.  Frees  
  4. 4. Reconnecting  with  the  Little  Folks   After  confirming  they  were  indeed  images  created  by  Frees,  we  requested  the   LOC  scan  the  originals  to  produce  quality  digital  files  of  these  lost  images.     These  scans  were  made  available  to  the  public,  and  went  on  to  be  featured  in   The  Atlantic’s  In  Focus  blog,  as  well  as  other  national  media  outlets.   Low  resolution  snapshot  of  original.   While  researching  photographs  through   the  Library  of  Congress,  we  came  across  an   un-­‐digitized  collection  of  images  that   appeared  to  be  created  by  Frees.     Unable  to  visually  confirm  the  content,  we   requested  LOC  Archivists  search  their   records  to  locate  the  corresponding   originals.  Due  to  the  delicate  quality  of  the   historic  prints,  they  sent  us  snapshots  of   the  images  by  mail.    
  5. 5. This  is  the  high  resolution  scan  of  one  of  the  original  photographs,   provided  to  us  by  the  Library  of  Congress.       Our  experienced  team  carefully  restored  each  of  the  scans  to  create   high  quality,  printable  images.  
  6. 6. Restored  image  by  Historic  Pictoric.  
  7. 7. Historic  Pictoric  is  an  innovative  design  company  that   explores  the  evolution  of  the  Americas  by  showcasing   the  best  of  historic  photography  and  design.       Through  countless  hours  of  research  and  restoration,   we  work  to  make  the  inspired  art  of  past  generations   accessible  and  relevant  to  modern  society.       Our  collections  connect  communities  with  the  past   lives  of  their  streets,  buildings  and  public  spaces.   HISTORIC  CALENDARS              POSTERS  &  MAPS                      PRINTS                    FRAMING   Visit  us  online  at  www.HistoricPictoric.com  

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