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These Were Our Dogs Hardcover – November 19, 2007

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The latest collection from photographer and dog photo archivist Hall (Prince and Other Dogs, Postcard Dogs, Postcard Cats) compiles more than 250 vintage photographs from her one-of-a-kind collection. Focusing on the late 1800s and early 1900s, Hall's collection illustrates just how little has changed regarding man's relationship with his best friend: accompanying us to work and war, but most importantly serving as valued members of the family-a role perfectly captured in the portrait of a large American family, gathered unsmilingly on the front porch with a terrier perfectly poised in the very center. Though there are plenty of dog photo books with a historical slant (Hall even offers some suggestions), Hall's collection has impressive depth and breadth; among anonymous shots of everyday Europeans and Americans with their pets are images of dogs working on the railroad and in the Yukon, as well as photos from Africa and Japan. Shots of Charles Dickens with his devoted dog Turk and Queen Victoria with her beloved border collie are the exception in this thorough cross-section of canines and their companions, illustrating warmly and repeatedly how humans and dogs have always depended on and supported each other.
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'Libby Hall is the dog's best friend. This is an utterly enchanting book, and nowhere is the special relationship between man and dog, their mutual devotion and dependency and sheer pride and joy in each other's company, more tellingly illustrated. Here is the dog as fitting companion to poor man or princess. A lovely, lovely book.' Jilly Cooper Praise for Postcard Dogs: 'Libby Hall's collection of antique photographs celebrating the bond between man and his best friend has revived a forgotten market.' Telegraph Magazine 'A charming glimpse into British life a century ago.' Daily Mail 'Hugely charming.' Sunday Times

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury UK (November 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747588767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747588764
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 8.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,855,087 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Straw on November 26, 2007
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Libby Hall's books always move this reader. This newest book of portraits of dogs (and their people) is no exception. The author, herself a photographer, has dipped into her large collection and shared her most favorite images. The book is exquisite for so many reasons: the book itself is lovely to look at and to hold; the photographic reproduction is high quality; its choice of photos and their positioning is evidently deliberate; photos come from several countries, showing dogs in many situations, from running quite wildly to sitting docilely; and the obvious relationship between the canines and their human companions is intense and moving. As is so often true, some dogs and their masters/mistresses look alike, especially in the eyes. The cover photo is a good example. I was glad to see that some humans were actually smiling in these early photographs. Of course, many of the dogs are smiling, but a century or longer ago, humans often didn't smile while being photographed- and being in the presence of their canine friends obviously budged them out of their rigid solemnity. This is a gorgeous, meaningful book - it would be a wonderful gift for any dog lover, any lover of old photographs, or anyone who loves animals, in general, and realizes their importance in our lives.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By William Osborne on January 23, 2008
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This is the culmination of several books Libby Hall has done of dog photographs and there is no doubt this is the pinacle. She saved her best photos for last. This book is bond well. The photographs are magnificently reproduced. Another book from a highly distinguished publisher and an author whose love of dogs and artistic eye are unmatched by any other dog book currently on the market. This has place of pride in my library.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Silverman on November 30, 2007
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I completely concur with the previous reviewer. This is a beautiful, thoughtful, carefully put together and highly enjoyable book. The photographs provide a window into the world of our grandparents, be they kings or carpenters, and their warm involvement with our dear dog friends. The book would be an exquisite gift for yourself or others. Libby Hall is the queen of the genre of historical dog imagery! The best!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cinda K. Graham on February 18, 2008
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These Were Our Dogs is a lifelong treasure to have or to give. Not only is the remarkable collection of photos of dogs and their companions beautiful but so is the book itself with all its carefully chosen details. That perfection of content and presentation was also true for Libby Hall's previous books, Prince and Others, Prince II, and Postcard Dogs.

Some of the Photos have a known connection to human history. princesses, writers soldiers actors,
while others invite you into their presence to wonder about their lives. Each time I look through These Were Our Dogs I find a treat I had overlooked the last time.
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