Wednesday, August 8, 2012

"Bar Hounds" - a favorite picture!

Chances are if you are over the age of, say, 40... you've seen this picture. It's called "Bar Hounds," and it's an illustration done by Constance Depler Coleman circa 1950.

Constance had (has) a knack for drawing dogs with amusing human characteristics, and when I was growing up the very print you see here hung on the wall above our "gossip bench" (another vintage thingie!). I used to spend a lot of time studying the individual characters here - the dachsund on the far right and the shawl-wearing gal on the far left were always my two favorites. I set this picture aside when going through my dad's things after he passed away, even though my own family was in "house-limbo" at the time, and now it hangs above the mantle in our basement rec room. (Which explains the poor quality of the photo - it's kind of dark down there and I did not want to use my flash.) This print measures about 16 inches high and about 36 inches long - it's still in the frame I remember from my childhood home.

I did just a little Googling prior to writing this post, and quickly found that Coleman's daughter has a website devoted to selling prints and products bearing the "Bar Hounds" image and several others. I may need to do a little shopping! 

I am happily sharing my "Bar Hounds" picture over at Suzanne's Vintage Thingie Thursday party! Hope you will pop in over there to see more vintage goodies!  

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  1. I remember my grandpa having a picture similar to that!! Happy VTT

  2. I am definitely over 40 and have seen this many times.

  3. What a funny picture! I'm over 40 (by several years) but I've never seen this before! Very posh dogs!
    Visiting from VTT,

  4. What a sweet story! Thank you for sharing! And thank you for sharing the link to our website. We would love for you to stop by and check out all the wonderful products we currently have for sale. And we'll be adding so much more of Constance Depler Coleman's art and products featuring her art in the near future!

  5. I just bought this picture at garage sale. It is pretty awesome.

  6. eso yo me lo se de memoria :)

  7. this, but i lived with the wallpaper at my room for 1000 years!!
    bigger tan you thing huh


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