Laika the space dog postcard
Laika the space dog postcard. Artwork on postcard of Laika, the bitch who became the first animal in space. She was launched aboard the Soviet Sputnik 2 spacecraft. Sputnik 2 was launched on 3 November 1957. Laika (meaning "Husky" or "Barker") was contained within a sealed cabin with a food store and an air conditioner. Soviet propaganda at the time maintained that she survived for about a week, but in fact she died after just a few hours due to overheating and panic. The spacecraft was not designed to be recovered and it burnt up as it re-entered the atmosphere on 14 April 1958, 162 days after its launch.
© DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
HMV Nipper mascot
A lookalike of "Nipper" the HMV dog. 07/09/99: HMV bosses have launched a nationwide search for a new Jack Russell to pose as Nipper. After 10 years in the job the current dog is to retire and the company wants to find a replacement. *...who loves crowds and being treated as a celebrity. Nipper had earlier featured in the painting His Master's Voice by artist Francis Barraud (shown in background) and both the phrase and image were adopted by the Gramophone Company. 23/01/2000: EMI, who hold a 43% stake in the HMV group, has confirmed it is in talks with Time Warner to merge their music divisions, creating the world's largest music company.
The Ikeys, who are the puppies of the dog named Sue
Photographer: Hurley, James Francis (Frank) (1885-1962). Expedition: Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17. Leader: Ernest Shackleton. Date: 1914. Portrait of the two dogs named The Ikeys, who are the puppies of the dog named Sue.
© Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge