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Found in The British Newspaper Archive – Animals dressed in clothes . . .

From roller-skating chimpanzees in top hats and dogs dressed as clowns to aristo-cats in customised prams, dressing up our pets in people’s clothes has long been an endearingly eccentric trait of some animal lovers in the UK.

As you can imagine, The Archive contains some wonderful photos and colourful stories that capture this desire to introduce our furred friends as well-attired and even dandy-ish members to polite, human society.

Since this is a favourite ‘pet’ subject for many, we thought we would share some of the best examples that we’ve found so far of this British obsession with dressing up ‘Fido’, ‘Rover’, ‘Kitty’ and ‘Cedric’ in all the latest high street fashions.

Consul the top hat-wearing and roller-blading chimp and Susan the summer dress wearing dog.

Although the photos of ‘Consul’, the top hat-wearing and roller-blading chimp who starred in the Exeter Gazette (10.8.1912), and ‘Susan’, the dog who was a clothes horse for summer dresses, bonnets and matching booties in the Gloucester Journal (10.9.1949), were ‘interesting’, we felt the 1st prize rosette really had to be awarded to this nameless aristo-cat:

Cat dressed in a gown with matching parasol and hat.

Looking resplendent in a gown with matching parasol and hat, this Persian cat even had its own customised pram, in which it glided along when out on its daily promenade (or cat walk) in sunny Ilford with owner, Miss B. Colman. Truly, this is one cat that always landed on its paws (or wheels!).

Click on the link below to view the newspaper page for FREE and see the prize-winning photo of this stylish Persian cat.

If you see any other fantastic photos of animals impersonating humans during your journey through The Archive, or if you have any photos of your own pets please give us a shout on Twitter or Facebook.

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