It has come to my attention that a lot of newspapers, media outlets, estate sales, etc.. are trying to sell of old pictures and if they can’t they are being destroyed. It is extremely sad to see these pieces of history being destroyed and this history needs to be preserved for future generations to see and enjoy.
If you have pictures of old dog actors or even classic dog photos that you are going to throw away please use the contact form and let me know. Most likely I will not be able to pay for them but I am offering a home with them – my long term goal is to set something up to promote the classic look of dogs as well as what dog actors (and other animal actors) have done for us as well as the movie industry. I will consider any pictures of any canine (wolves, coyotes, jackals, dingoes, etc.) and the older the better.
It is my intention to help preserve these photos in the best conditions possible – I have already spent hundreds of dollars on special storage and plan to spend even more on custom (museum quality) frames to display them.
Also, if you have old pictures that you are keeping but are willing to scan them and send them to me, please also use the contact form. I may be interested in scans, too.
I am also interested in old films (8mm (silent, and “talkies”), Super8, 16mm, 32mm) of dogs. I am currently investing in the equipment to help preserve them – as well as protective storage.
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The original Rin Tin Tin (B. September 10, 1918 – D. August 10, 1932) was found by an American serviceman, Lee Duncan, in a bombed out dog kennel in Lorraine, France (WWI) less then two months before the end of the war. He was named after a puppet, Rintintin, that was given to the servicemen as good luck.
He was first “discovered” by producer Charles Jones who was convinced he could easily become the next dog star. Rin Tin Tin’s first big break was in the 1922 film “The Man From Hell’s River ” where he played a wolf. Rinty would play a wolf of a wolf hybrid often in his career, even though he didn’t look like either. His first starring role was in 1923’s Where The North Begins, playing alongside silent screen actress Claire Adams. This film was a huge success and has often been credited with saving Warner Brothers from bankruptcy. It was followed by Shadows of the North (1923), Clash of the Wolves (1925), A Dog of the Regiment (1927), and Tiger Rose (1929).
What dog actor site would be complete without Lassie? I don’t think there is another dog who has spawned off more TV shows, movies, and other publications than the popular collie. Not only that, there isn’t a more recognizable breed or individual animal other than Lassie (not including fictional animals like Mickey Mouse).
Author Erik Knight first created in the short story “Lassie Come Home” that was featured in the Saturday Evening post back in 1938. Two years later “Lassie Come Home” was a published novel. Only three years later, in 1943, it was made into a movie which became an instant hit (it was re-made in 2005 also). In 1945 a sequel came out, “The Son of Lassie” and the following year “The Courage of Lassie” came out.