Did You Know That In 1945 Chimpanzees Were Shining Shoes And Bathing Cats?

That cat has to be drugged for his upcoming bath.

That cat had to have been drugged for his upcoming bath.


How I wish I could invent a time machine to go back and visit the world that we briefly see in this clip from a ‘lost’ documentary, it must have been a Golden Age in 1945 when your average Joe and Jill had most of their work accomplished by good-natured chimpanzees willing to shine your shoes and give your little kitty a bath.

[Via] Squabbling Turtles

Though I think while this Golden Age was beautiful and brief it was probably for the best because we all know where this would have ended up, right?

Conquest of the Planet of the Apes
“Where there is fire, there is smoke. And in that smoke, from this day forward, my people will crouch and conspire and plot and plan for the inevitable day of Man’s downfall – the day when he finally and self-destructively turns his weapons against his own kind. The day of the writing in the sky, when your cities lie buried under radioactive rubble! When the sea is a dead sea, and the land is a wasteland out of which I will lead my people from their captivity! And we will build our own cities in which there will be no place for humans except to serve our ends! And we shall found our own armies, our own religion, our own dynasty! And that day is upon you… now!”

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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5 thoughts on “Did You Know That In 1945 Chimpanzees Were Shining Shoes And Bathing Cats?

  1. But now… now we will put away our hatred. Now we will put down our weapons. We have passed through the night of the fires, and those who were our masters are now our servants. And we, who are not human, can afford to be humane. Destiny is the will of God, and if it is Man’s destiny to be dominated, it is God’s will that he be dominated with compassion, and understanding. So, cast out your vengeance. Tonight, we have seen the birth of the Planet of the Apes!

  2. Absolutely, Thingamajiik. Though the week after that he’ll learn to carry a shotgun…we might want to start running now.

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