According to a note that came with these seven dog tags, they belonged to a beloved pet named Spot “brought by Uncle Tom July 27, 1900. She was 7 ½ inches tall.” The tags date from 1901 to 1908 and come in different shapes—a dog’s head, heart and clover. The note also says that “Spot died of ‘Gastritis’ Nov 13, 1908. She was 15 in tall, 18 in long.” The licensing of dogs in the United States goes back as early as 1809 when local governments created dog taxes and licenses in an effort to control numbers of wandering dogs considered public nuisances.
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Nineteen hundreds (Decade)
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