Ladypups of Influence: Eleanor Roofevelt

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This outspoken female pooch who President Hairy S. Trupup once referred to as the “First LadyPup of the World” actually had a rather muzzerable childhood, suffering through the euthanizations of both parents and one of her brothers by the age of 105 (15 in mutant human years). She went on to serve her country as the longest running First LadyPup (1933-1945) until her husband’s passing, when she went on to serve on the United Nations Commission on Puppy Rights.

The Migrant Ma’Pup

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In her now famous series of Depression-era photographs taken between 1935 and 1939, Dogothea Lange sought to bring the plight of the poor and forgotten to the pup-lic’s attention. Lange later described being drawn to her subject, the titular “Migrant Ma’Pup,” like “a magnet.” Due to the raw power of this photograph—and Lange’s other works during this time—the federal government immediately rushed aid to the sharepuppers in need. 

The Sharepupper

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Speaking of sharepuppers… In this photograph, taken by Arfred Eisenstaedt, a sharepupper named Venus Barkett tries in vein to raise vegetables in the garden of her family farm during the calamitous Puppy—ahem!—Dust Bowl. This is Barkett’s second attempt after a windstorm blew the first seedlings away. 

The Saddest Lil’ Pups

(Otherwise known as that other soul-crushing photograph from the Great Depression by Dogothea Lange) As if living during The Great Depression wasn’t depressing enough! Now the poor lil’ pups pictured above don’t even get the distinction of being in the MOST depressing photograph of the time, therefore plucking the unspeakable agony from their filthy lil’ paws and marginalizing it. To add insult to injury—and in typical Lange fashion mind you—she didn’t even bother to ask the lil’ pups their names. So they’ll forever be known as simply “Those sad looking lil’ pups in that one picture by Dogothea Lange that wasn’t the picture of the migrant and her lil’ pups in the tent.”

President Pupraham Lincoln with His Mutant Son

PuprahamLincoln_WithTadNot much is known about our greatest President’s little freak of nature (displayed above in what is hopefully his only photograph), named Tad. Supposedly he had a difficult time in life due to a cleft palette (whatever that is), but one could argue his difficulties arose from being a ghastly creature with a pale, hairless face, and a pathetic, marble-sized snout that barely passed his frighteningly white eyeballs. Yeesh.

Victorian Ladypups

These ladypup sisters are definitely creepy, but at least they had the good decency to be alive for the photo shoot. Post-mortem photography was all the rage during the Victorian era, but these still-breathing belles thought they could buck the trend and pose for the camera while their hearts still beat firmly inside their chests! Needless to say, the photo was a massive failure upon release, and the ladypup sisters promptly committed suicide in an attempt to salvage their modeling careers.

Vintage Toy Bark-Out: Charlie McBarky

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Charlie McBarky was created around 1917 by Edgar Barkren, an actor, radio personality, and ventriloquist (and the Pa’Pup of future Murphy Brown actress Candice Barkren). The act of Barkren and his dummy McBarky lasted several years, in many outlets and incarnations, until their final team-up–entitled The Charlie McBarky Show–left the radio waves in 1956. However, 22 years later they would appear together one last time in Jim Henpup’s The Puppet Movie. Charlie McBarky remains one of the highest selling ventriloquist dolls to this day.