The goal of the Poodle History Project is to illuminate--by means of an annotated bibliography--the tasks which the Poodle (and his cousins) were "originally bred to do." Because this development predates invention of photography, "old-timey photos" of Poodles are outside our mandate. Nevertheless, here's a determinedly uncomprehensive (and often incomplete) collection of references to still photos and moving pictures in which Poodles appear!
Anon. Or did Gertrude Stein take this photo; are these Poodles Basket I or II? Photo of Fernande Olivier with Picasso, after 1904 (but not long after) when both Olivier and Picasso were 23 years old, and she became his "first mistress" (we doubt that). Olivier stands at the left, a white SP at her right side; Picasso stands right, slightly behind, another white Poodle, Moyen, or perhaps a SP puppy, held in his arms. The New York Times Book Review, cover, 5 August 2001, in relation to "Picasso's First Mistress: Fernande Olivier's life was like something out of Zola, then like something out of Colette. A gifted observer, she kept a journal, and in 1904 Picasso entered it. They were both 23.... 10.
Anon. Vintage--looks like 1950s--8"x10" photo of performers (seated woman--is she wearing a "Poodle skirt?"; standing man--white shoes, white pants, coloured jacket sporting big mum, bow tie) with three Standard Poodles and a dachshund. In background are music stands and a drum, and a stand/banner depicting HC separated by the body of a WWII bomber flying straight up. For sale on eBay, 9/9/99. NB: We have an internet printout of this photo, and may someday be able to check if these are the Grimaldis, the famous British clowns Kenneth and Audrey Austin (see Circus dogs).
Anon. Camille Berghmans with her pet dog "Marquis" in Glengarry, circa 1871 from the Glen Foerd on the Delaware Riverfront Estate historical archives ("Glengarry" was eventually renamed "Glen Foerd"). This photo is particularly interesting because of the breadth of the dog's chest.
Bell and Clayton. "White Poodle, c. 1850s". Sixth-plate daguerreotype with applied colouring. White Standard Poodle with undocked tail, in modified Sporting Clip ("Persian lamb"), seated on cushion, with left paw on small "Jenny Lind" adjustable table, looks rather uncomfortable probably because posed and required to be still during exposure time probably in range of several seconds. Velvet cushion inside case is embossed "Bell & Clayton, 142 S.E. Cor. of Chestnut & Fifth St." William B. Becker Collection. Secrets of the Dark Chamber: the art of the American daguerreotype (Washington: National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, 1995) postcard by Fotofolio, Box 661, Canal Sta. NY, NY 10013 Z586 (ISBN 1-881270-62-9). As of December 2006, see "Photography as a Fine Arf".
Bellocq, E. J. (American, 1873-1949).
Storyville Portrait, New Orleans Prostitute, circa 1912
Silver print on printing-out paper, print by Les Friedlander (American, 1934- ) from Bellocq plate.
Print size not given.
Negative plate is the property of Les Friedlander. No location given.
Woman wearing white undergarments and black stockings, posing on an ironing board, and holding a small white dog with shaved face and paws which appears to be a Toy Poodle.
Bellocq, E.J., Bellocq: Portraits from Storyville, the Red-Light District of New Orleans, reproduced from prints made by Lee Friedlander, introduction by Susan Sontag, interviews edited by John Szarkowski (NY: Random House, 1996), p. 19.
Glover, Harry, Poodles by Glover (NY: Viking, 1974). Nearly 100 photos of Poodles, 24 in colour.
Hawarden, Lady Clementina (1822-65). Dog balancing on two chairs (about 1861). Albumen print from wet collodion-on-glass negative. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Museum no. PH. 457:330-1968. Photographed at 5 Princes Gardens, South Kensington, London. White (or cream) Standard Poodle in grown-out moderate Continental stands balanced between two chairs. See: Dog balancing....
Horst, P. Gertrude Stein was photographed with her white Standard Poodle, Basket, in Paris in 1946 by Horst (copyright) Horst P. Horst, and a postcard printed by Rapoport Printing Corp. (copyright) 1979 Fotofolio, Box 661 Canal Sta., NY, NY 10013. See Companions to genius (and etc.), Stein, Gertrude, for references to other photographs of Basket I and Basket II, now at Yale.
Liebovitz, Annie. "Tammy Wynette, Lakeland, Florida, 1971. " Black and white photograph shows Ms. Wynette with an infant in her arms climbing steps to a brick terrace flanked by white columns (entrance to a house?). In the foreground, on the terrace, a pair of discarded sunglasses and a white TP. TP's face not well defined; something odd about it--looks darker than the rest of the body which looks ice white and--could be wearing a light muzzle or had severe tear staining on cheeks.... Big car in background. Copyright by Annie Leibovitz. Courtesy James Danziger Gallery, New York. Postcard found at the Hirshhorn Museum's gift shop, and submitted to the PHP by MC, October '97.
Lugrin, O.; Clarens (Clarens is on the west end of Lake Geneva, between Vevy and Montreux). 2 7/16" x 4 1/16". Item from a "Civil War Album dated 1868", sold on e-Bay in April 2000 (#314550705). Written under the photo: "'Burdette Mason' with his 'French Poodle'"... Young man wearing dark three-piece suit stands in photo studio, dark heavy drape and dark brocade wall panels in background. Fancy "straight" chair on his right side; at his left sits a Standard Poodle wearing a very alert expression as if someone has just thrown a toy for him; this supposition is supported by the leash grasped very firmly in the man's left hand.
Sherwood, Basil. The French Poodle. An unintelligent man's guide. (London: Rupert Hart-Davis, 1962). Black and white photographs, by the author, of Poodles in cute or humorous poses with props (or pieces of clothing). The text, which runs under the photos, consists of lighthearted captions, actual pointers, and some Poodle trivia. Mr. Sherwood also wrote The Bassett Hound: an Unintelligent Man's Guide (1961).
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Towards the end of the 19th century, printing technology improved greatly, and supported a delightful habit of sending picture postcards and collecting them in albums. By 1900 this practice was general and widespread; until approximately the Great War, even during one-day excursions people might send postcards to those at home. Subjects included the obvious (lakes; the market square) and the less obvious--for example, Poodles!
Postcard collectors possess a rich lode of Edwardian-era Poodle-pix, for example, the postcard which forms the headpiece for this section. We've looked on the eBay auction web-site on 10 August and on 23 August 1998, and have found the following items:
10 August 1998
23 August 1998:
Here's a miscellaneous list of postcard references collected since September 1998:
For a list of films which star Poodles, please see Circus dogs, fair dogs, music hall and street performers; film stars .
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