LOL­cats, for the unini­ti­at­ed, is an inter­net meme of fun­ny cat images accom­pa­nied by a fun­ny cap­tion. LOL­cat is a com­bi­na­tion of two words — LOL, which means “laugh” and a cat. While the term is believed to have orig­i­nat­ed in 2006, the con­cept of lol­cats was born much ear­li­er. These pho­tographs were tak­en by Amer­i­can pho­tog­ra­ph­er Har­ry Wit­ter Fries (1879–1953), who dressed his cats, as well as the pets of his friends and neigh­bors, and pho­tographed them in human sit­u­a­tions, often accom­pa­nied by cap­tions.

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Fries used spe­cial­ly designed kits made by his par­ents to keep the ani­mals in posi­tion, patient­ly wait­ing for the shot. Accord­ing to Mr. Fries, “These extra­or­di­nary pho­tographs of real ani­mals were only pos­si­ble thanks to the patient, unfail­ing kind­ness on the part of the pho­tog­ra­ph­er in each case.”
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“Speed ​​is impor­tant in cre­at­ing these images, but it’s often impos­si­ble to be fast enough. Young ani­mals can­not hold the same pos­ture for too long, like human babies, and the sit­u­a­tion is dif­fi­cult when they are asked to be patient in sit­u­a­tions that are not nat­ur­al for them,” said the pho­tog­ra­ph­er.

Fries’ career as an ani­mal pho­tog­ra­ph­er began at a birth­day par­ty in 1906 when a paper hat fell off the din­ner table and land­ed on the head of a house cat. Har­ry took a pic­ture and a career was launched. As time went on, his pho­tographs and scripts became more elab­o­rate. His ani­mal pho­tographs have appeared on post­cards, cal­en­dars, books, pro­mo­tion­al mate­r­i­al, and arti­cles for Wom­an’s World and Child Life mag­a­zines. In addi­tion, he wrote sto­ries to accom­pa­ny his images for books and mag­a­zines.

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Read on to see how school­child­ren dress up ani­mals in a bizarre com­pe­ti­tion in New Zealand.