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Crufts 2016: Vintage Pictures From The Early 1900s Are Just Too Beautiful

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10/03/2016 12:25 GMT | Updated 10/03/2016 12:29 GMT

Today sees the start of Crufts 2016, the annual dog show that attracts thousands of owners to show off their canine competitors. 

Crufts was first held in 1891 at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington and was named after Charles Cruft who worked as general manager for a dog biscuit manufacturer.

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Baby John Hughes with his St Bernard, 'Moltie Mallone' at Cruft's dog in 1937.

The event is now world famous and has been organised by the Kennel Club since 1948. This year's four day event is being held at National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham.

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    Olympia. Tony Forester And A Saint Bernard Dog In London On 11Th Of February 1950.
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    Champion bloodhound Leo of Reynalton being cuddled by Dorothy Horder at the Crufts Dog Show in 1939. Leo has won Crufts six times.
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    Miss V. Clarke giving English mastiff Buster a sun ray treatment before he takes part in the Crufts dog show in London, 21st April 1929. Both are wearing protective eyewear.
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    March 1915: A British sailor bringing the bulldog Admiral Beatty to Crufts.
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    11th February 1914: Competitors wait outside the Agricultural Hall for Crufts Dog Show as the Cross sisters on the left, arrive with arms and baskets full of Pekinese.
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    10th February 1937: Baby John Hughes with his St Bernard, 'Moltie Mallone' at Cruft's dog show at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, London.
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    February 1923: Author Radclyffe Hall, right, and Lady Una Trowbridge with their daschunds at Crufts dog show.
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    A Dalmatian sticks his head outside one of the judging pens, at Crufts Dog Show, London.
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    8th February 1939: Miss D Bush arriving with her Dalmatian at Islington for the Cruft's Dog Show at the Royal Agricultural Hall, London.
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    9th February 1938: A man, carrying two Dachshunds, arriving for Cruft's Dog Show at the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington, London.
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    February 1932: Two Golden Retrievers entered in a Crufts Dog Show, pose with their female owner, Mrs K Evers Swindell.
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    9th February 1938: A cat joins an Irish Setter at the Cruft's Dog Show in the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington, London.
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    13th February 1930: A merry party of prize winning Sealyham Terriers from the Eastfield Kennels at Bristol , seen here at Crufts Dog Show.
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    1924: Ivy Lord's 2nd prize winning Pekinese at Crufts Dog Show.
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    9th February 1938: A general view of judging in progress at Crufts Dog Show in the Royal Agricultural Hall, Islington, London.
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    Five West Highland Terriers arriving at Crufts in their travelling kennels balanced in a pram.
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    A photograph of Barbara Parsons introducing her toy dog to Kapile Carei, a Pyrenean Mountain dog, on the first day of Crufts, taken by Malindine for the Daily Herald newspaper on 10 February, 1937.
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    A dog-owner with his clipped poodle at Cruft's Dog Show, London.
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    February 1924: Miss Vlasto stands with her Borzoi dogs in the exhibition ring, having entered them in the Crufts Dog Show at the Royal Agricultural Hall in Islington, London.