Nina Leen, one of the first female photographers to work for Life, took pictures for the magazine from 1940 to 1972. In the mid-1940s, her essay, “City Dogs”, featured actors and artists with their pets on the streets of New York City.

Here: Metropolitan Opera’s Helden tenor Lauritz Melchior with his wife, petting his Great Dane dog on street.

(Photo by Nina Leen/Pix Inc./The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

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