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There were graceful Great Danes, curious German shepherds and regal Rhodesian Ridgebacks. There were Lord Tareyton and Lady Gretchen and Buster and Mingus; tiny terriers and yawning cocker spaniels and snow-covered poodles; dogs in strollers and dogs in goggles, dogs on playgrounds and in sunroofs and on airplanes; goldendoodles that stared into your soul and briards that tugged at the heartstrings.
The dogs — specifically, the good dogs of New York — could be found in a treasure trove of photos in The New York Times’s archives.
This week, 20 of them were brought back to life in the latest installment of Past Tense, an archival storytelling project from The Times that uses the archive’s six million photos, dating back to 1896, to tell new stories. This selection shows the historical relationship between New Yorkers and their dogs.
“Part of what you see in the chronicles of the paper is how much dogs are citizens of New York,” said Veronica Chambers, the editor of Past Tense. “They become part of our community, and people recognize dogs.”
While other Past Tense stories have re-examined important moments in history, this project was more serendipitous. The Times’s morgue is not organized such that a search for “dog” will turn up all dogs; but the dogs showed up when the team least expected it.
Dogs appeared in archival images that ran the gamut — in President Calvin Coolidge’s famed menagerie; trudging through New York’s blizzards and manning its newsstands; peeking out from under voting booths during elections — and editors couldn’t help but take notice.
“That’s what I kind of love about this archive,” said Megan Paetzhold, one of six people who has spent the past six months working to scan and digitize six million photos from the morgue. “You can tell that it developed out of the immediacy of news.”
As a dog lover (to which her collie mix, Hamida, can attest), Ms. Paetzhold couldn’t resist sharing the dogs she encountered with her colleagues in an internal chat. And so the collection of potential images for the story of New York’s dogs slowly grew larger and larger.
Ms. Paetzhold and her colleagues have been making their way through about 1,500 drawers full of photos. One fateful day a few months ago, she hit upon numbers 191 and 192. In them: a combined 4,000 dog photos, going back to the 1940s.
“I stumbled across that drawer on accident, and it was the happiest day of my life,” she said.
To narrow down the thousands of dog photos to the 20 that made the final article, editors looked for funny, light images; striking ones; and ones that “spoke to being a dog in New York,” said Jessie Wender, a Times photo editor. They also sought photos that spoke to the ways dogs have always affected humans.
“Dogs break boundaries in New York,” Ms. Chambers said. “It breaks down the guard we have up with each other.”
New York has a rich history with dogs, which made it fitting to narrow the scope of the project to just this city’s pooches. The first professional dog walker is believed to have worked on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in the 1960s. And the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, happening this week, has been held in the city since 1877. Dogs have appeared in the pages of The Times since 1851, when the paper was founded, and their photos since the 1890s (when The Times covered Klondike races).
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Some trends are evident, like the German shepherds, Doberman pinschers and other guard dogs that seemed to overtake the streets in the more dangerous New York of the 1960s and 1970s. But other aspects of the human-canine relationship are timeless.
“People have always been kind of crazy about their dogs,” Ms. Paetzhold said. “There’s photos of people in the ’50s with their dogs in strollers, walking around New York City. I love that. It’s like people have always been really extra with their dogs.”
As they narrowed the final images, the Past Tense team held a round-table meeting of dog aficionados — the photographer Landon Nordeman, whose photographs of the Westminster Dog Show established his career in portraiture, fashion and street photography; the artist and writer Maira Kalman, whose illustrations regularly appear on the cover of The New Yorker; Amanda Hess, a New York Times critic, who has written about how dogs and cats have been represented in culture; the artist and writer Jeff Hamada, who created the Instagram account @chillwildlife; the Times archivist Jeff Roth; Lydia DesRoche, who trains animals for Broadway and theater; and Sheila Bridges, an interior designer and animal lover. They were joined by one special guest expert: Grace, a boisterous, modern-day Jack Russell terrier.
The group discussed the photos amid Grace’s intermittent whines and yaps as she moved from lap to lap, eyeing the box of treats at the room’s center. As the group pondered the differences between cats and dogs, Grace’s eyes darted around the room.
“Looking at Grace right now, every single second, she has a different expression on her face,” said Andy Newman, a Times reporter who wrote the Pet City column until 2017. He added that while cats’ expressions run a limited range — “There’s ‘You’ve got to be kidding me’ or ‘I hate you’ or ‘Give me food,’” he said — dogs’ “emotions and thoughts show immediately in their faces.”
But cat lovers, too, can rejoice, because their feline companions will be the subject of their own Past Tense project in the near future.
Susan Beachy contributed research.B:
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