Tag Archives: Animals

Groundhog Day: The Furry Barometer Digs his Way Into Print

GHHAPPY GROUNDHOG DAY FROM THE VNP!

Just in case you caught yesterday’s depressing article in the RTD about Virginia’s own groundhog (warning, it’s sad) and his tragic demise, we thought we’d share some sunnier stories on the forecaster of spring’s arrival. We searched “Groundhog Day” in Virginia Chronicle, and here’s a sampling of what we found:

Staunton Spectator, February 5, 1884

World News 2 Feb 1920

World News, February 2, 1920

World News 3 April 1922

World News, April 3, 1922

Roanoke World News 2 Feb 1923

Roanoke World News, February 2, 1923

Alexandria Gazette 2 Feb 1922

Alexandria Gazette, February 2, 1922

Recorder 1 June 1923

Highland Recorder, June 1, 1923

SS 30 Jan 1930

Southside Sentinel, January 30, 1930

Monocle 5 Feb 1965

Rappahannock Record 4 Feb 1988

Rappahannock Record, February 4, 1988

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Pets in the Papers

With the “Importance of Being Cute, Pet Photography in Virginia 1840-2013″ exhibit currently at the Library of Virginia, the Virginia Newspaper Project thought it a pertinent time to feature pet related images and stories from its newspaper collection. Animals have always been a popular topic in newspapers and these are only the tip of the iceberg of what’s available. The newspapers featured here can be found on Virginia Chronicle, the Library’s database of digitized historical newspapers.

A gift for Maud, from the comic pages of the Times Dispatch, April 26, 1903:Dog Comic 1DogComic2DogComic3

Bruno, the loyal watchdog, taking a break from his duties, from the Virginia Farm Bureau News:Bruno

Don’t worry about getting tired, young pup, you have Twee Deedle’s help! From the Times Dispatch, September 8, 1912:TeeDeedle

Sometimes, when it’s time to play, our canine friends get “In the Way.” Cartoon from the Richmond Planet, October 14, 1905:No Dogs allowed

“The Thrilling Experiences of a Loyal Young Unionist and His Noble Horse,” from the “Campfire Stories” series, published  in the Richmond Planet, October 21, 1899:Polly

From the article “Canine Globe-Trotters” published in the the Roanoke Times, March 17, 1892:Auchland

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A fierce battle between man and shark and dinner for three sea cats, from the Richmond Planet, July 1, 1899:SharkCat

“Costly Cats” are all the rage in London and Paris. From the Richmond Planet, November 12, 1898:Costly Cats

And no animal blog is complete without a baby miniature horse. From the Virginia Farm Bureau News, June 1978:Minihorse

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