Sunday, November 6, 2011

Poker Pups


While reading up on yesterday's big-eyed children post, I was reminded of the classy poker dog art. Apparently there was a series of these paintings created by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge to advertise cigars for Brown & Bigelow around 1903. Wikipedia claims that the poker dogs became "derisively well-known in the United States as examples of mainly working-class taste in home decoration" (love the wording). I'm sure no one would argue that boozing K-9s are high-class art, but my hat's off to Mr. Coolidge for his ability to introduce the bizarre into homes across the country. Cheers.

3 comments:

  1. You have managed to creep me out two days in a row. I remember this or a similar picture in my great aunts home!
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  3. This was not in your grandparent's home. However, I do think it was in my grandparent's home.

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