Lewis Reed’s Pet Photography

While I was going through Lewis Reed’s photograph collection trying to get them all sorted, I started noticing how many images of people posing with pets and animals he had. I thought, everybody loves their pets. Everyone can relate to these photos. Most of the photos involve cats, but there are some depicting dogs, a pony, a squirrel, a cow, a chicken, a rabbit, and even a spider!

If you thought filling your camera roll with pet pics was a modern phenomenon, these photos prove otherwise. These never before seen pet photographs feature glimpses into the lives of every day people and their relationships with their pets at the turn of the 20th century.

Lady posing with pet cow

Lady and a calf pose for their portrait on a farm. Photo by Lewis Reed

family with pet pony

Family with a pony on the front porch. Photo by Lewis Reed

Girl with her pet pony

Girl with her pony. Photo by Lewis Reed

Girl riding in pony cart

Girl riding in pony cart. Photo by Lewis Reed

Girl with her pony

Saddled up and ready to ride. Photo by Lewis Reed

girl on pony

Lewis Reed’s 3 year old daughter, Mary Jane, sitting on a pony. Photo by Lewis Reed

vintage dog photo

Man with his best friend. Photo by Lewis Reed

Man and his dog on a horse

Man and his dog sitting on a horse in front of the Loudoun County Courthouse in Leesburg, Virginia. Photo by Lewis Reed

woman holding rifle on horse

Woman holding a rifle on a horse. Photo by Lewis Reed

Man on Horse

Man on a horse. Photo by Lewis Reed

Lady with chickens

Woman feeding chickens. Photo by Lewis Reed

Cat posing on chair

Cat posing on chair. Photo by Lewis Reed

Cat in corn stalks and leaves

Cat in corn stalks and leaves. Photo by Lewis Reed

Cat in chair

Cat relaxing in a chair. Photo by Lewis Reed

Cat portrait

Cat portrait. Photo by Lewis Reed

vintage cat portrait

Cat portrait. Photo by Lewis Reed

cat

Cat ready to pounce. Photo by Lewis Reed

Mary Jane Reed and pet rabbit

Lewis Reed’s daughter, Mary Jane, with her pet rabbit. Photo by Lewis Reed

vintage pet rabbit

Pet rabbit. Photo by Lewis Reed

vintage pet rabbit

Pet rabbit. Photo by Lewis Reed

Hunter and his dogs

Hunter and his dogs. Photo by Lewis Reed

Boy and his horse

Boy and his horse. Photo by Lewis Reed

Cows are not the most athletic of creatures, they tend to just stand around a lot, so must be pretty easy to capture in a photo.

Cow

Farmer posing with a dairy cow. Photo by Lewis Reed

Getting up close and personal with a chicken can’t be easy. I imagine my grandfather sitting in the backyard for hours with his lens pointed at whichever chicken is closest to him in an effort to get the perfect shot. It’s pretty amazing the texture and detail he captured in this photo.

Chicken

Backyard chicken. Photo by Lewis Reed

Vintage Albino Squirrel

White Squirrel. Photo by Lewis Reed

vintage st bernard

Lewis Reed’s daughter, Mary Jane, with a St Bernard. Photo by Lewis Reed

In the early 1900s, Lewis Reed also trained his camera on a part of the world most of us try to ignore: spiders. This photograph is incredibly unique, both for its subject matter and use of magnification that shows the spider in such detail.

vintage spider photo

Spider! Photo by Lewis Reed

 

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About Reed Brothers

I am a co-owner of the former Reed Brothers Dodge in Rockville, Maryland. Lewis Reed, the founder of Reed Brothers Dodge was my grandfather. We were a family-owned and operated car dealership in Rockville for almost a century. I served in the United States Air Force for 30 years before retiring in the top enlisted grade of Chief Master Sergeant in July 2006. In 2016, I received the Arthur M. Wagman Award for Historic Preservation Communication from Peerless Rockville for documenting the history of Reed Brothers Dodge in both blog and book format. This distinguished honor recognizes outstanding achievement by writers, educators, and historians whose work has heightened public awareness of Rockville’s architectural and cultural heritage, growth and development.

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