These adorable and funny cat photos have to be the first of their kind. Taken by American photographer Harry Whittier Frees, it is thought that these photographs date back as far as 1914. It wasn't until the term ‘LOLcats’ was first used in 2006 that everyone else caught up.
The term is used to described a funny cat photo that has been combined with some funny text, much like a meme and whilst Frees's photos might not feature text they have certainly got the funny part nailed. Frees lived from 1879 to 1953 and was probably the first ever person to photograph cats and dogs in this way.