There’s a short, short story wrapped around the side of this snapshot—“Grandmother Smith with May’s two Pekes Ting and Ling.” Although the Pekinese aren’t hers, Grandmother Smith really looks like a dog lover, don’t you think? Maybe she’s the one who inspired May to take on this exotic breed.
There’s no date on the photo, but I associate that square neckline with the end of World War One—the so called “Armistice Blouse” produced by Folkwear Patterns. And indeed I found a similar looking bodice in the 1918 Sears catalog.
These days the year 1918 brings on different connotations because it marked the start of the first global pandemic. One of the first things that came to mind when I saw the photo was that perhaps these were pandemic pets getting a little extra love from Grandma in a time of crisis. There’s no way that the present doesn’t color our view of the past.