Ye Olde Quteness

It’s Circa 1925, People, and Thee Quteness is alive and well, according to

Just like this century, fine folks bottle-fed their piglets.


Oh, and took them for walkies.


Sender Inner Brinke G. From Shorpy, the 100-year-old-photo blog.


  1. Lath and plaster bleeny snacks! I love how the chauffeur is standing by holding the piggy’s bottie ready for Madame.

    [Don’t do it. Just don’t. – Ed.]
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  2. Cute peegy!

    As to its hooMom – Let the nuffs begin!

  3. Am I wrong, or does this peeg have a gem studded harness?

  4. peegwalkies!!


    The pet store in our mall has piggies. I could hover over their cages and listen to their sweet baby peeg grunting noises all day.

    I don’t think they’d get along so well with the cats though.

  5. Hamlet strolls the hamlet.

  6. Love, love Shorpy.

    I’m also rather fond of this Mr. McOinkerson.

  7. Gail (the first one) says:

    I looove these pics!!!

    Lady Prunella Bassington: “Why, Henry!! You’re eating like a pig!!”

    Chauffeur: “Well, yes, Miss. After all, he IS a pig.”

    Lady Prunella: “Oh, quite right! I’d forgotten.”

  8. love this picture- 🙂

  9. I love the little harness!!! So cute!!

  10. Everything about these pictures is absolutely perfect 😀

  11. Pussytoes says:

    Peeeg lofs his meelks.

  12. I just discovered Shorpy and I love it! This is not typical of some of the sad pictures of people. Can you say “eccentric rich”.

  13. Richy McPiggersons looks quite happy! Clearly, having pigs for pets is not a new phenomenon! Adorable!

  14. We see pictured; Lady Evadne Kneetrembler Fitzwillmington Hypotherneuse, feeding her pet pig arthur, “He reminds me of my dear departed Husband Arthur, only his manners are better”.

  15. And if you’re not a pig person…

  16. momof2kitties says:

    This one is just begging for another one of Berthaservant’s breeliant novellas!

    I await…

  17. OMG, I want one. 🙂 So cute!

  18. I really hope Aubrey sees this.

  19. How ironic, she’s feeding and caring for an innocent baby piglet while wearing another innocent animal on her back that probably was skinned alive.

    strange crazy world.

    [Not a lot of vegetarians about in 1925 either. Over it yet? – Ed.]

  20. And while I kinda want to nuff about the lady’s fur coat, I just can’t! This McPiggerson is tooooo adorable.

    Love the (eyepatch clad?) guard/army dude type holding the piggy’s bottle.

  21. Awww, baby vintage piggie.

    I’m really digging that woman’s hat, too!

  22. wagthedogma says:

    LOL @Hon Glad! 😀

  23. (the original) Mel says:

    That chauffer, forever holding a pig’s bottle. Captured on film. The way the world will remember him.

  24. The nice lady is sharing her piggy with that nice man, oh, what? oh, never mind. Yes, very dignified, (the original Mel).

    Lath and plaster bleeny snacks! Hmmm, sounds very tasty-can you share the recipe? Does it come in a wooden box for lunch, by any chance? Will it fit in a backpack? (harharhar)

  25. I bet that pig does a mean Charleston.

  26. Are you talking to me? Are you talking to me? They call me MISTER PIG!!!!! AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!

  27. @Katrina: Lath&plaster bleeny snax are an ol’ family receipt complete with secret ingrejunts, ya know, the ones that I could tellya ’bout, but then I’d hafta do something nasty tewya, so we usually just leave’em out of the receipt and makeya guess.

  28. OMG I *so* want that lady’s cloche hat.

    But yeah, she should have been wearing one of the many plastic based faux fur or synthetic wool polar fleece winter coats that were widely available in the 20’s (rolls eyes)…

  29. Is little piggy heading to the market?

  30. AuntieMame says:

    I should have been born in the 20s. The no-boobs-no-butt look was all the rage back then…

    *oink oink snort*

  31. clairezilla says:

    oh lord. nuffing about about a nearly 100 year old fur coat? there are actual current things to get upset about–just ask around if you need a few.

  32. Well, Fegh, I CAN nuff about what this woman has on her back.


  33. OK, well, I guess the ONE thing imperfect about the picture is the real fur coat…

    …but I still love the picture!!!

  34. warrior rabbit says:

    I don’t think he’s wearing an eyepatch. I think that’s just the shadow from the brim of his hat. Arrrrrgh, matey.

  35. Let’s try to not apply modern mindsets on people from almost a hundred years ago, mmmmkay? Otherwise we would all hate and dispise generations past. You can hate on the damned coat all you want, but try to grasp the whole historical perspective thing? As in, it’s bloody pointless to whine about it now. Pointless and more than a little stupid.

  36. alexandra says:

    Is that a sexy nazi? I looooove them. Cuddly piggy and SS sexy boy cuddling!!! ooooohhh yum.

  37. It’s a chauffer. There were no Nazis in 1925, especially not in Washington DC, where the photo was taken, in 1925.

  38. warrior rabbit says:

    Vampy, if she thinks Nazis are sexy, then I say good luck getting her to recognize the anachronistic (or geographic) flaws in her post. Uphill struggle.

  39. I’m only hoping that the sexy nazi comment was sarcasm.

  40. binky-mama says:

    I think it’s the cats pajamas!!!

    And I love the chauffeur, he’s all “Grumble, grumble…”

  41. I love pics from this period. Everything in the pics bring up mystery. The time of year. The fog. What that path looks like in Summer. The courteous tendant. The notoriety of the piglet. The immense mansion. The bodacious honker on that woman. All good.

  42. Corona: I hadn’t noticed her bodacious honker :} your right, and her plates (plates of meat=feet) are on the largish side.

  43. Mmmh, it´s the fur coat that bothers me too…. I´m sure they didn´t have fake fur coats back in 1925 so surely that must be real…


  44. cat among the pidgeons says:

    Erm, does anyone else thing that photo’s slightly dogdy? It’s awfully clear and crisp for something taken 90 years ago…

  45. I’m kinda with you, cat among. Do those look like 1920’s shoes? I dunno, not an expert. I am, however, a little taken with the price tag still on McPiggerson’s leash. How gauche!

  46. Well, for a start, not all old photographs are damaged. My family has several old photos from the late 19th and early 20th centuries that are in perfect condition. Those that do have damage on them get scanned and corrected/cleaned up.

    As for the footwear, the shoes look quite period to me. Not all women then wore the fancy small heeled mary jane type shoes that one sees in fashion plates, that was hardly the only style of footwear. Just like not all women today wear 4 inch heels or Ugs or whatever other high fashion shoes one sees in fashion photos nowadays. The woman in the photo doesn’t look like she’s dressed up to go party, so why would she be wearing what are essentially the dancing shoes?

  47. mberkie0- as this is Cute Overload, I won’t be needing Nasty things, thanks. I’ll just make up a batch of Old Mother Katrina’s finest, um, biscuits,that’s it, warm, fresh from the oven, so light and airy with butter dripping off them, and oh, look there are more over there, yes, by God, they have cheese in them with light herbs and oh, look, more butter dripping off them. No, no you don’t have to eat the whole thing, dear, just let me get you a piece of fresh chocolate CAKE that I just frosted and decorated with YOUR NAME ON IT.
    (Mess with me, huh? I’ll make you talk! No-sir-eeeee-I’ll get that recipe if it ki….wait a minute…) that was the point, wasn’t it? (Flern), grumble, grumble, teeth nashing…

  48. Vampy, I don’t understand your logic. Should we not try to understand what led to oppression of women or slavery or other things in the past we’d rather not see repeated? Just because something is long over doesn’t mean it should be forgotten or forgiven… or that it is pointless to think about it. We should try to learn from the past, no?