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Noiyyyt noiyyyyt.Source: Wooway1 on Flickr.

Noiyyyt noiyyyyt.

Source: Wooway1 on Flickr.

A day late on National Cat Day, but this is amazing: some of Socks’ cremains are archived at the Clinton Library!
usnatarchives:

Happy National Cat Day! We’re sure that Socks the Cat, seen here behind the desk in the Oval Office, would approve this message. We asked two archivists at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library if they were Team Buddy or Team Socks, and they both went for the cat.  “Socks was a rock star presidential pet. I feel bad for Buddy since he came in 1997 and was never able to shed the shadow of Socks. Socks was found outside the Governor’s Mansion here in Little Rock and made it to the White House,” said John Keller. “Socks was a true example of American shorthair exceptionalism. After all, this smart tuxedo cat went from being a stray on the streets of Little Rock, Arkansas, all the way to the White House! We have some of Socks’s ashes here in museum storage at the Clinton Library,” said Kim Coryat. Image: National Archives Identifier 6036916 #achivesmonth2013

A day late on National Cat Day, but this is amazing: some of Socks’ cremains are archived at the Clinton Library!

usnatarchives:

Happy National Cat Day! We’re sure that Socks the Cat, seen here behind the desk in the Oval Office, would approve this message.

We asked two archivists at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library if they were Team Buddy or Team Socks, and they both went for the cat.

“Socks was a rock star presidential pet. I feel bad for Buddy since he came in 1997 and was never able to shed the shadow of Socks. Socks was found outside the Governor’s Mansion here in Little Rock and made it to the White House,” said John Keller.

“Socks was a true example of American shorthair exceptionalism. After all, this smart tuxedo cat went from being a stray on the streets of Little Rock, Arkansas, all the way to the White House! We have some of Socks’s ashes here in museum storage at the Clinton Library,” said Kim Coryat.

Image: National Archives Identifier 6036916 

#achivesmonth2013

From the U.S. Naval Institute’s Cats and the Sea Services page:

War Veteran “Pooli,” who rates three service ribbons and four battle stars, shows she can still get into her old uniform as she prepares to celebrate her 15th birthday. The cat served aboard an attack transport during World War II. 

Los Angeles, 1959. 

From the U.S. Naval Institute’s Cats and the Sea Services page:

War Veteran “Pooli,” who rates three service ribbons and four battle stars, shows she can still get into her old uniform as she prepares to celebrate her 15th birthday. The cat served aboard an attack transport during World War II.

Los Angeles, 1959. 

Cat Behind the Camera. Photograph by Ronald Kuntz, March 1956. Source: Corbis.

Our Cleveland cameraman will never ask his subjects to “Look at the birdie.” If there were one, He’d probably eat it himself, since he happens to be a cat. The feline photographer, name Tige, is just getting started as a shutterbug. And judging from his first attempts at photography, Tige probably will spend several of his nine lives trying before he’s a professional. What happens when Tige experiments with his master’s camera equipment is the subject of these photos by United Press staff photographer Ronald Kuntz.

Cat Behind the Camera. Photograph by Ronald Kuntz, March 1956. Source: Corbis.

Our Cleveland cameraman will never ask his subjects to “Look at the birdie.” If there were one, He’d probably eat it himself, since he happens to be a cat. The feline photographer, name Tige, is just getting started as a shutterbug. And judging from his first attempts at photography, Tige probably will spend several of his nine lives trying before he’s a professional. What happens when Tige experiments with his master’s camera equipment is the subject of these photos by United Press staff photographer Ronald Kuntz.

Morris the Cat Meeting the Press. Photograph by Tim Clary; August 1987. Source: Corbis.

Washington: The latest entrant in the presidential sweepstakes, Morris the 9-Lives cat gets the full treatment from photographers during a press conference at the National Press Club. The only feline candidate in the field. Morris’s campaign is being managed by Eleanor Mondale, daughter of the former Democratic presidential candidate.

Morris the Cat Meeting the Press. Photograph by Tim Clary; August 1987. Source: Corbis.

Washington: The latest entrant in the presidential sweepstakes, Morris the 9-Lives cat gets the full treatment from photographers during a press conference at the National Press Club. The only feline candidate in the field. Morris’s campaign is being managed by Eleanor Mondale, daughter of the former Democratic presidential candidate.

Check out this post I put up on BuzzFeed Community today: 35 Cats at Sea.
Above: Photograph by Beadell, S. J. (Lt.), Royal Navy official photographer, Nov. 1941. From the collections of the Imperial War Museums (item A 6410), via Wikipedia:

A group of sailors surround the ship’s cat “Convoy,” as he sleeps in a miniature hammock on board HMS Hermione. According to the original caption, “Convoy” is in the ship’s book and provided with full kit. The cat obtained his name because of the number of times he accompanied the ship on duty patrols.

More on ships’ cats here.

Check out this post I put up on BuzzFeed Community today: 35 Cats at Sea.

Above: Photograph by Beadell, S. J. (Lt.), Royal Navy official photographer, Nov. 1941. From the collections of the Imperial War Museums (item A 6410), via Wikipedia:

A group of sailors surround the ship’s cat “Convoy,” as he sleeps in a miniature hammock on board HMS Hermione. According to the original caption, “Convoy” is in the ship’s book and provided with full kit. The cat obtained his name because of the number of times he accompanied the ship on duty patrols.

More on ships’ cats here.

"A Paris optician has a cat who sits on his doorstep with sunglasses, and does not throw them off … as an advertisement for his shop." 
Newspaper clipping, 1927. Image (and translation) from janwillemsen on Flickr.

"A Paris optician has a cat who sits on his doorstep with sunglasses, and does not throw them off … as an advertisement for his shop." 

Newspaper clipping, 1927. Image (and translation) from janwillemsen on Flickr.

To all my American friends: Hope your day’s like this.
Photo by Harry Whittier Frees, 1914. Via Shorpy.

To all my American friends: Hope your day’s like this.

Photo by Harry Whittier Frees, 1914. Via Shorpy.

If anyone needs me, I’ll be in my office.
Cat Nap by Wooway1 on Flickr.

If anyone needs me, I’ll be in my office.

Cat Nap by Wooway1 on Flickr.

"Puppy leading pony cart carrying three kittens," by Harry Whittier Frees, ca. 1914. Via Shorpy.

"Puppy leading pony cart carrying three kittens," by Harry Whittier Frees, ca. 1914. Via Shorpy.