4 Legs Good, 2 Legs Bad! – Fun Animal Pictures from the National Library of Ireland

It is fun to go through the vintage animal pictures from the National Library of Ireland for at least three reasons. 1. These pictures show how not so long ago animals used to be part of daily life everywhere. 2. The pictures include some very funny (or awkward) portraits of people with their animal friends. 3. The staff at the National Library of Ireland has come up with some clever captions for some of these shots.

If you’d like to see more pictures from the National Library of Ireland, you can browse through their Flickr photostream.

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

More Besties from the Clonbrock Estate

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Black Bess

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

One Man and his, er, Goat

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

The Dobbyns

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

We haven’t had a gadget in a while…

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

The Fannings of Tramore

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Top Dog

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

To market, to market…

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Beware the Headless Engine Driver of Old Carnlough

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

December 15, 1900

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Lieutenant H.J.P. King outside the Officers’ Mess

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Now where are those otters?

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Besties!

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Do dog owners grow to look like their dogs?

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Miss Anderson, but which one?

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

January 15, 1906

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Fancy a Cuppa?

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

February 18, 1911

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Celtic Tiger?

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

More tigers, but not as nature intended…

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Irish Guards’ Mascot – Leitrim Boy

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Blindfolded

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Is she old enough to drive that thing?

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Just a pussy cat

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Donkey rides at Kilkee

National Library of Ireland Animal Pictures

Mansion of Misery




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Janet Warren
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These old photos are so interesting! Some of the pics are so sad because the people are obviously poor. And you can always tell the differences in class. I laughed at the “man and his goat.” Thanks for sharing these.

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