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Retro Exotic Ladies with Their Retro Exotic Pets

All this has happened before...

Okay, I admit that a rabbit is not a particularly exotic pet. But the lady above is, in fact, Beatrix Potter, with pet Benjamin Bouncer; who predates the letter to a sick child in which Potter originally created Peter Rabbit by two years. More ladies of the past and their fabulous pets below.

June Havoc and…

Phyllis Gordon were both stars of early American cinema, with Havoc’s career also extending to vaudeville and Broadway.

Frida Kahlo is here with her fawn Granizo,

A sort of animal that Audrey Hepburn appears to have also been fond of.

Not to be left out, the inestimable Josephine Baker walks her cheeta Chiquita.

Hopefully all of these more exotic animals lived good lives to the end. Such is not often the case where exotic pets, especially predators like big cats, are concerned.

(all pics via Retronaut.)

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