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San Antonio Dogs Captured on Film

October 20, 2014

San Antonio photographers have included dogs in their photographs since at least the 1860s. A well-known photograph, from around 1868, shows a sleeping hound beneath a covered wagon parked in front of the Alamo. In another one, also from the 1860s, three dogs have wandered into the frames of a stereograph of San Fernando Church and Main Plaza. However, the three dogs are not in sharp focus due to the long exposure times required in those days.

By the late 19th century, the required camera exposures were reduced to such an extent that close views of dogs could be taken. Owners could take their canine friends to photography studios. Sometimes pet and owner would be placed in positions of equal prominence.  At about the same, amateurs began taking pictures of their pets with a Kodak camera.

In late 1924, the San Antonio Light newspaper hired their first staff photographer. Within a few months, the first feature photo of a dog appeared in the paper. Many more appeared in subsequent years. From pampered pets to sporting dogs, these images provide a record of the various roles dogs have played in the lives of San Antonio residents.

Charles Stubenrauch poses with his dog in the photography studio of his friend Ernst Raba, ca. 1905.  (General Photograph Collection, MS 362:  087-0051)

Charles Stubenrauch poses with his dog in the photography studio of his friend Ernst Raba, ca. 1905. (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 087-0051)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 A man directs dog’s attention toward a tourist’s Kodak camera, Trevino Street, off Military Plaza, circa 1902.  (General Photograph Collection, MS 362:  091-324)

A man directs his dog’s attention toward a tourist’s Kodak camera, Trevino Street, off Military Plaza, circa 1902.  (General Photograph Collection, MS 362: 091-324)

Jose Arturo Navarro and “Sweetie” pause outside the San Antonio Light Building on East Travis Street, 1925.  Photograph by Jack Specht, San Antonio Light staff photographer.   (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359:  L-0190-A)

Jose Arturo Navarro and “Sweetie” pause outside the San Antonio Light Building on East Travis Street, 1925. Photograph by Jack Specht, San Antonio Light staff photographer. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-0190-A)

Margarita Zurzina’s dog helps carry groceries from the Municipal Market House, 1952.  (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359:  L-4299-B)

Margarita Zurzina’s dog helps carry groceries from the Municipal Market House, 1952. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-4299-B)

Beverly Joy Bass with an abandoned bulldog at the Animal Defense League, 1942.  (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359:  L-2997-A)

Beverly Joy Bass with an abandoned bulldog at the Animal Defense League, 1942. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-2997-A)

Rev. Joseph Carvajal sprinkles Holy Water on a dog during Blessing of the Animals, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1953.  (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359:  L-4297-B)

Rev. Joseph Carvajal sprinkles Holy Water on a dog during Blessing of the Animals, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, 1953. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-4297-B)

The family dog watches Mrs. H.W. Griffith and daughter, Florence, grind suet that will be donated to the war effort, 1943.  (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359:  L-3056-B)

The family dog watches Mrs. H.W. Griffith and daughter, Florence, grind suet that will be donated to the war effort, 1943. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-3056-B)

Officer C. B. McCulloch puts a new jacket on “Queenie,” the San Antonio Police Department mascot, December 1935.  (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359:  L-0891-D)

Officer C. B. McCulloch puts a new jacket on “Queenie,” the San Antonio Police Department mascot, December 1935. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-0891-D)

Allie Baker Keller with “Lady,” the dog that saved her from asphyxiation when a gas hose came off the jet, 1948.  (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359:  L-3602)

Allie Baker Keller with “Lady,” the dog that saved her from asphyxiation when a gas hose came off the jet, 1948. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-3602)

Jack Hall and his bike-riding dog, “Spankey,” 1937.  (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359:  L-1534-B)

Jack Hall and his bike-riding dog, “Spankey,” 1937. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-1534-B)

R. A. Woodchick, owner of Chuck’s Flying Service, with his regular passenger, “Pooch.” 1941.  (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359:  L-2823-D)

R. A. Woodchick, owner of Chuck’s Flying Service, with his regular passenger, “Pooch.” 1941. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-2823-D)

Carolyn Brown with hunting dogs, Terrell Hills, 1939.  (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-2292-A)

Carolyn Brown with hunting dogs, Terrell Hills, 1939. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-2292-A)

Attendants and dogs at Dr. Judd Lloyd’s greyhound racing track on New Sequin Highway at W.W. White Road, 1935. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359:  L-0612-F)

Attendants and dogs at Dr. Judd Lloyd’s greyhound racing track on New Sequin Highway at W.W. White Road, 1935. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-0612-F)

Ruben Donovan in a three-wheeled scooter used to transport dogs to the Alamo Heights Veterinary Clinic on Broadway, 1946.  (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359:  L-3250-A)

Ruben Donovan in a three-wheeled scooter used to transport dogs to the Alamo Heights Veterinary Clinic on Broadway, 1946. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-3250-A)

Edward Henckel and his dog “Tip” at a pet show on the grounds of the Witte Museum, 1933.  (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359:  L-1396-A)

Edward Henckel and his dog “Tip” at a pet show on the grounds of the Witte Museum, 1933. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-1396-A)

Mrs. W.C. Edmiston points to the gold tooth of “Hamondi,” an entry in the annual dog show at Municipal Auditorium, 1939.  (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359:  L-2267-I)

Mrs. W.C. Edmiston points to the gold tooth of “Hamondi,” an entry in the annual dog show at Municipal Auditorium, 1939. (San Antonio Light Photograph Collection, MS 359: L-2267-I)

 

 

 

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