The four-legged “daughter”

By: usermattw

Jan 25 2013

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What it is:

Photo measuring 2 x 4.25 inches.

What I know about it:

Written on the back in pen is Your daughter Ching.


Here I am for the second time violating my self-imposed rule of posting only pictures showing people (unless you count the shadows here).  But I am always charmed by this dog, and I’m always oddly fascinated by the composition of this shot, as accidental as I’m sure it was.  The three horizontal bands (bricks, bare wall, dirt) at almost expressionist angles, the looming shadows, and, almost like visual punctuation, the dog.  Ching (if I’m reading the handwriting right) looks a little apprehensive, or perhaps just distracted.  But the shadows that look menacing out of context must be of loving people, if the dog is considered a “daughter”.  By the way, this photo is one of the ones my friend Nathan gave me, and based on the others in that set, and the overall format of the photo, I’d roughly guess it’s from the 1920s-30s.

8 comments on “The four-legged “daughter””

  1. Great! I love it when photos make us stop and wonder.

  2. A very interesting photo by itself, but with that note on the back, it takes on a new mystery. I’m an animal lover and adore my pets, but not so much that I consider them children! Such an interesting shot with a strange story. 🙂

    • I have friends who refer to their pets as their children, but you’re right, it’s unusual. It’s also possible that whoever wrote on this photo was being slightly tongue-in-cheek. Hard to say.

      • That’s very possible. One thought I had when looking at this is that maybe someone’s human daughter was in the photo, and ran out at the last moment before the picture was snapped, and they wrote that on the back for giggles…

        Nah, I think you’re right about the dog being someone’s beloved daughter. 🙂

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