Puppy Love: Dogs in historic Hampshire photographs

Join our Community Manager, Emma Banks as she takes a look through Hampshire Cultural Trust's historic photography collection, in search of man's best friend!


Are you more of a dog person or a cat person? For me it has always been dogs. Who can resist their bouncy exuberance, loyal patience and of course those puppy dog eyes?

I decided to delve into the archives and share a selection of the best pooch pics from the Hampshire Cultural Trust historic photograph collection. From sheep dogs to pampered pets, hounds to street strays, there was a wealth of pawsome images to choose from. (Sorry, I have a 4 year old that loves Paw Patrol!).

Pet-keeping was not generally accepted in Europe until the end of the 1600’s. However, it was the Victorians who firmly established the tradition. The Kennel Club was founded in 1873 and Queen Victoria herself entered six pomeranians into the first Crufts Dog Show in 1891!

So here are a selection of my favourites – let me know which one you think should be up for the Crufts trophy!

A good turn out of Jack Russells at the Alton Dog Show in 1905.
Mr and Mrs Bothwick-North with their dog.
The Rev. Bruce Cornford with his wife and their dogs. c.1930s The Reverend founded the Waterlooville Motorcycle Club.
John May (third from right). Founder of the John May Brewery, Basingstoke with his dog and family.
A shepherd and his dog in Freefolk near Whitchurch c.1920.
A soldier from the Hampshire Regiment demonstrating dog handling c.1970.
Mr Trudge Thumwood with his pet dog, Basingstoke.
Mr Green with his dog and vegetable cart, Basingstoke, c.1870-1890.
Man with dog in hollow of a tree from the Thornycroft Archive.
A young girl with her pet dog, Thornycroft Archive c.1890.
Mr Charles C Dallas and Mr Jack Card with their dogs, New Forest.
A young girl with her pet dog, tinted lantern slide, hop fields, Binstead, Isle of Wight.
Member of Northover family, Winchester, sitting next to a greenhouse with her dog.

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