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Throwback Thursday: The Sartorial Squirrel of the 1940's

Meet the fashion phenom of the Forties, stylish squirrel Tommy Tucker! From being an orphaned rodent to a clothed chipmunk, his is a true rags to riches story told in black and white photographs by Nina Leen!

In the early 1940s, LIFE magazine reported that a Mrs. Mark Bullis of Washington, D.C., had adopted a squirrel “before his eyes were open, when his mother died and left him in a tree” in the Bullis’s back yard. Here, in a series of photos by Nina Leen, LIFE.com chronicles the quiet, rodential adventures and sartorial splendor of Tommy Tucker, the orphaned — and, in 1940s America, the celebrated — squirrel.

“Mrs. Bullis’ main interest in Tommy,” LIFE continued, "is in dressing him up in 30 specially made costumes. Tommy has a coat and hat for going to market, a silk pleated dress for company, a Red Cross uniform for visiting the hospital. Tommy never seems to complain, although sometimes he bites Mrs. Bullis. Mrs. Bullis never complains about being bitten.”

Good thing I didn’t get any ideas when I saw this little guy on my trip to Bangkok last year or I coulda ended up with rabies, leptospirosis, or some other ratty disease!

Photo by denisesanjose

Loving these historic time capsules? Then you might want to check out the rest of our Throwback Thursday entries!

written by denisesanjose

1 comment

  1. herbert-4

    herbert-4

    OO the Indignity, but OOO the Easy Life!!

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