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From the book Siamese Cats by Louise Van der Meid, 1960. Photographs by the author. Source: Open Library.

From the book Siamese Cats by Louise Van der Meid, 1960. Photographs by the author. Source: Open Library.

Murray School Pet Day, 1952. Dublin, California. Source: Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, via Calisphere.


Since most of the children attending Murray School at this time lived on ranches or farms, taking care of animals was a commonplace experience for them. Once a year, they would bring and talk about those animals they considered pets. Pictured here are cats, chickens, rabbits, horses, dogs, sheeps, and dogs. 

Murray School Pet Day, 1952. Dublin, California. Source: Dublin Heritage Park and Museums, via Calisphere.

Since most of the children attending Murray School at this time lived on ranches or farms, taking care of animals was a commonplace experience for them. Once a year, they would bring and talk about those animals they considered pets. Pictured here are cats, chickens, rabbits, horses, dogs, sheeps, and dogs. 

George Silk, Los Angeles cat show, 1952. Source: LIFE Photo Archive, hosted by Google.

George Silk, Los Angeles cat show, 1952. Source: LIFE Photo Archive, hosted by Google.

The newest installment in our “How Not to Hold a Cat” series.
Baby girl (12-23 months) carrying cat. Source: Corbis.

The newest installment in our “How Not to Hold a Cat” series.

Baby girl (12-23 months) carrying cat. Source: Corbis.

Alternate title: “How Not to Hold Cats.”
nypl:

In honor of the first Caturday in May, here’s a lithograph by Edward Penfield that features two kitties. That should doubly satisfy your cat cravings! The lithograph was created sometime in the late 1800s or early 1900s, and currently sits in the Library’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs (which just recently launched its own catalog; we highly recommend you browse). Happy Caturday!

Alternate title: “How Not to Hold Cats.”

nypl:

In honor of the first Caturday in May, here’s a lithograph by Edward Penfield that features two kitties. That should doubly satisfy your cat cravings! The lithograph was created sometime in the late 1800s or early 1900s, and currently sits in the Library’s Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs (which just recently launched its own catalog; we highly recommend you browse). Happy Caturday!

Marsh Children on Fair Oaks, about 1910. Source: South Pasadena Public Library, via Calisphere.

Marsh Children on Fair Oaks, about 1910. Source: South Pasadena Public Library, via Calisphere.

"Fear my crablike grip. Braaaaaaarp."
George Silk, Los Angeles cat show, 1952. Source: LIFE Photo Archive, hosted by Google.

"Fear my crablike grip. Braaaaaaarp."

George Silk, Los Angeles cat show, 1952. Source: LIFE Photo Archive, hosted by Google.

Undated, photographer not specified. Source: LIFE Photo Archive, hosted by Google.

Undated, photographer not specified. Source: LIFE Photo Archive, hosted by Google.

vintagetails:

Snickers lived with a pants-optional family. No. C28

vintagetails:

Snickers lived with a pants-optional family. No. C28

“Kid and Kitty,” undated. (Source: brooks-illustration on Shorpy.)

Kid and Kitty,” undated. (Source: brooks-illustration on Shorpy.)