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Dogs and their people bonded forever in new book of antique photos

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A photograph from the Anthony Cavo book ‘LOVE IMMORTAL – Antique Photographs and Stories of Dogs and Their People.’ Courtesy of Harper Design

NEW YORK – A newly published book titled LOVE IMMORTAL (Harper Design 9780063204294; $25.99) presents for the first time more than 200 photographs from the private collection of longtime antiques collector, dealer, and appraiser Anthony Cavo. This artfully designed collection of Daguerrotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes, cartes de visite, and sepia and black-and-white images includes an entertaining mix of historical anecdotes, true stories, superstitions, excerpts from literature, letters, quotes, and fun facts that are sure to make this book irresistible to dog lovers and to those with an interest in photography.

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.”—Anatole France

Dogs have been beloved companions since the dawn of humankind. With the advent of photography in the 19th century, this love was truly immortalized for the first time. While the clothing and the hairstyles of yesteryear may be very different—and intriguing to the modern eye—in these photos, the evident love between pet and owner is unmistakable, and remains as poignant today as when these images were taken.

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A photograph from the Anthony Cavo book ‘LOVE IMMORTAL – Antique Photographs and Stories of Dogs and Their People.’ Courtesy of Harper Design

An avid collector of 19th- and early 20th-century photographs for more than 50 years, Anthony Cavo has amassed an enormous catalog of antique photography, including hundreds of shots of people and their dogs. These photos were taken from approximately 1840 to 1930 and offer a wide display of both candid and formal studio poses. Cavo arranges his subjects thematically and combines different photographic formats and images from different eras to create visual interest—whether the mix features a particular breed, a selection of images in shadow, or two images identical in pose but taken decades apart or in vastly different locations.

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A photograph from the Anthony Cavo book ‘LOVE IMMORTAL – Antique Photographs and Stories of Dogs and Their People.’ Courtesy of Harper Design

In his introduction, Cavo offers a personal overview of this incredible treasury, which provides background on his lifelong experience as a collector and dog lover as well as touches briefly on photography’s birth and various forms in its earliest years. He has gathered not only a fascinating array of facts, history, quotes, and anecdotes about dogs which he sprinkles among these charming and fascinating photographs but enhances the viewing experience for the reader through pointing out details, including hairstyles, clothing and furniture periods, that help identify when an image was taken. Here, too, are delightful anecdotes, from kidnapped pups who escaped and found their way home to devoted dogs who saved their owners’ lives.

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A photograph from the Anthony Cavo book ‘LOVE IMMORTAL – Antique Photographs and Stories of Dogs and Their People.’ Courtesy of Harper Design

Cavo offers fascinating insights into the history of our association with pets, information on a range of breeds, and tips about animal care throughout the ages. Here are touching true stories, quotes from famous historical figures, and a cornucopia of miscellaneous trivia, such as:

• a dog’s presence in a household helps build immunity from disease in children
• Dalmatians are born without their spots
• the canine is a powerful feng shui symbol of protection and justice
• it’s good luck to have a stray follow you home
• a dog’s nose prints are as unique as a human’s fingerprints
• and much more

The ultimate companion book on humans’ favorite animal companion, LOVE IMMORTAL will charm all who are devoted to dogs, animal lovers, those with an interest in photography, and miscellany buffs.

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Cover of the Anthony Cavo book ‘LOVE IMMORTAL – Antique Photographs and Stories of Dogs and Their People.’ Courtesy of Harper Design

LOVE IMMORTAL – Antique photographs and stories of dogs and their people (9780063204294) by Anthony Cavo, is a 240-page hardcover book published by Harper Design. Retail price $25.99. It is available from book retailers nationwide and online.

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