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In the pre-paparazzi world, Hollywood studios carefully controlled the images of stars. Knowing that staged photo shoots made an actor more sympathetic with the public, studios set up their big names with pets - but not necessarily with ones they owned.

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Animals • Black-and-white • Entertainment • Historic Photos • Hollywood • John Kobal Foundation • U.S.

As Hollywood films replaced the live theater scene in the 1920s, producers responded to the public’s interest in the leading actors by photographing the rising stars. Film historian and collector John Kobal was one of the first people to view the promotional images as art.

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