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Fursuits from a Century Ago [Dec. 17th, 2011|01:08 pm]
Nicodemus
Furry things have been around for a long time, if you know where to look for them. Let's take a brief tour of fursuits from the early 1900's...





Fursuiters and their pets... a timeless recipe for family photos.


The eternal theme of giant gorillas chasing people.


Proto-fursuiter? Details are lost in the mists of time... Oh, wait the photo is labeled. Nevermind.


Fursuit with a leash vs gypsy hunter with a tambourine... Which concept has stood the test of time? That's right! Fursuits all the way.
(Google search agrees: 203K vs 192K.)


Lest our scaly friends feel neglected, rest assured dragons have always been popular, too!


Images ganked from Retronaut.
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[User Picture]From: silverstones32
2011-12-17 11:06 pm (UTC)
I think the chicken one is my favorite. LOL.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-12-18 05:08 am (UTC)
The chicken is pretty neat and really caught my eye. Also, though gorilla characters don't generally get my attention, I have to admit that the quality on the "monster gorilla" is very good for the era.
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[User Picture]From: athelind
2011-12-18 05:01 pm (UTC)
Seriously, that chicken is brilliant. It really shows just how much you can change the shape of the body with the right padding. Give it a better head, and it would blow away almost anything at a modern fur-con costume contest.
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[User Picture]From: silverstones32
2011-12-18 08:28 pm (UTC)
It did, I have almost a hard time believing that's a real photo. :)
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2011-12-17 11:42 pm (UTC)
Indeed, there've been quite a few classics, not least the original Cowardly Lion - of course, the original sources were often, regrettably, similarly authentic. Not that that precluded some perhaps even more regrettable examples of taxidermy. ^_^;;

Can you recall some early example of fursuiting that particularly appealed? I know I remember one example of a TV show, where the request was to dress up as a pigeon - and so it happened, quite well done, too. That moment stuck with me - it seemed like, yes, that really could be a lot of fun! (It wasn't until CF4 that I'd actually get to know for myself, courtesy of Farallon)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-12-18 05:15 am (UTC)
Oh, dear, that lion... Yes, have seen that and have been unable to forget it. XP


For me as a kid, it was definitely the Muppets. Huge influence there! I remember Disney costumes from park visits as well. Hard to say other than that.

Oh, and I have to admit... the TMNT movie. Amazing suits. In terms of piquing my interest in the materials and technique aspect, those were inspiring for being different (non-fuzzy) yet still lovable.
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[User Picture]From: brerandalopex
2011-12-18 03:44 am (UTC)
[Alopex] Here's another nice site of early pantomime "animal impersonators": http://www.its-behind-you.com/pantoanimals.html
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-12-18 05:06 am (UTC)
Excellent! I had seen the pictures of Fred Conquest and Fred Whittaker (the dog and the cat) before but couldn't for the life of me remember enough to Google them. A lot of the others are new to me. Thanks much for the link. :)
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[User Picture]From: foofers
2011-12-18 05:10 am (UTC)
Huh. None of them are wearing shorts.
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[User Picture]From: foofers
2011-12-18 05:16 am (UTC)
Some proto-fursuit stuff I posted to rarsuit a couple years back. I think Leonardo da Vinci was a closet furry.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-12-18 05:58 am (UTC)
Hee. Nice.
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[User Picture]From: jovino
2011-12-18 10:10 pm (UTC)
Leonardo was a closet lots-of-things.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-12-19 07:03 am (UTC)
*rimshot*
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[User Picture]From: faolruadh
2011-12-19 02:33 am (UTC)
On the subject of inventors, here are some patented costumes from over a century ago:

A "Mechanical Bird" / chicken costume from 1888
www.google.com/patents/US395189

A "Flying Machine" / eagle costume from 1889
www.google.com/patents/US398984

A "Hunting Decoy" / cow costume from 1897
www.google.com/patents/US586145
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-12-19 07:00 am (UTC)
Huh. Interesting! Mechanical bird design definitely has elements in common with modern raised-head suits. The hunting decoy cow is just amusing.
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[User Picture]From: baccala_30
2011-12-18 01:41 pm (UTC)
The chicken sooo reminds me of the Muppet's. :)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-12-19 07:02 am (UTC)
I hadn't drawn the connection but, since you mention it, lemme see if I can score Muppet geek points. :) Were you thinking of this chicken?
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[User Picture]From: jovino
2011-12-19 07:13 am (UTC)
That one makes me think of Lester (to bring it full-circle).
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[User Picture]From: baccala_30
2011-12-19 07:51 pm (UTC)
Exactly! ;)
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[User Picture]From: terraluna_bat
2011-12-19 11:36 pm (UTC)

Nice set of chicken legs. :) No, I really mean it.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-12-20 06:08 am (UTC)
Some compliments will only make sense to furries. :)
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