1. We’re all mad here … about cats. Which is why we’re celebrating Caturday by sharing this rare (and somewhat strange) 1982 Martha Swope photo of actress Kate Burton holding an adorable little cat while promoting the Broadway revival of “Alice in Wonderland”! The image is held at our Library for the Performing Arts, and is part of an interesting series of promotional photos for the play (a series that includes more of Alice with the cat, Alice by herself, Alice with a pig, etc). So check them out! And while you’re at it, check out Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and get reading! PS - we’re closed this weekend for the holiday, so if you can’t wait until Tuesday, check out an eBook version right now!

    We’re all mad here … about cats. Which is why we’re celebrating Caturday by sharing this rare (and somewhat strange) 1982 Martha Swope photo of actress Kate Burton holding an adorable little cat while promoting the Broadway revival of “Alice in Wonderland”! The image is held at our Library for the Performing Arts, and is part of an interesting series of promotional photos for the play (a series that includes more of Alice with the cat, Alice by herself, Alice with a pig, etc). So check them out! And while you’re at it, check out Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland and get reading! PS - we’re closed this weekend for the holiday, so if you can’t wait until Tuesday, check out an eBook version right now!

  2. Happy Caturday from The New York Public Library’s Library for the Performing Arts! In this rare 1964 Martha Swope photo from the Jerome Robbins Dance Division (unearthed by our own Jeremy Megraw), internationally-renowned choreographer George Balanchine (known by many as the father of modern American ballet) watches in flip flops as his cat Mourka flies through the air with the greatest of ease (the cat became famous - this photo was once in Life magazine, and a book was written about him and his ability to do acrobatic dance moves).  It’s good to know that even a legend like Balanchine gave his cat that familiar, bewildered “What in the name of all that is good are you doing” look. Happy Caturday! And, while you’re thinking of it, flip through more amazing, rare photos from our collections here - there are plenty of other cat images. 

    Happy Caturday from The New York Public Library’s Library for the Performing Arts! In this rare 1964 Martha Swope photo from the Jerome Robbins Dance Division (unearthed by our own Jeremy Megraw), internationally-renowned choreographer George Balanchine (known by many as the father of modern American ballet) watches in flip flops as his cat Mourka flies through the air with the greatest of ease (the cat became famous - this photo was once in Life magazine, and a book was written about him and his ability to do acrobatic dance moves).  It’s good to know that even a legend like Balanchine gave his cat that familiar, bewildered “What in the name of all that is good are you doing” look. Happy Caturday! And, while you’re thinking of it, flip through more amazing, rare photos from our collections here - there are plenty of other cat images. 

  3. In honor of all the folks holiday shopping this weekend, we present the Caturday favorite “A Xmas Shopper,” a 1914 photo print from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection. We’ve posted this photo several times, but come on - it never gets old. Happy Caturday and happy shopping (PS - don’t forget to check our online Library Shop for amazing gift ideas that also support NYPL. For example, need a nice Hanukkah gift? How about the NYPL publication Jews in America: From New Amsterdam to the Yiddish Stage?)!

    In honor of all the folks holiday shopping this weekend, we present the Caturday favorite “A Xmas Shopper,” a 1914 photo print from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection. We’ve posted this photo several times, but come on - it never gets old. Happy Caturday and happy shopping (PS - don’t forget to check our online Library Shop for amazing gift ideas that also support NYPL. For example, need a nice Hanukkah gift? How about the NYPL publication Jews in America: From New Amsterdam to the Yiddish Stage?)!

  4. Check out the first page of the oldest surviving poem by iconic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley - “Cat In Distress” (transcript of the full poem here). He apparently wrote this when he was about 10. Sometime between 1809 and 1811, his sister Elizabeth transcribed it onto this piece of paper and created the little watercolor cat image. When Elizabeth died, the poem was passed to her sister Hellen. It is now in our Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle,  one of the world’s leading repositories for the study of English Romanticism. Its holdings consist of some 25,000 books, manuscripts, letters, and other objects, chiefly from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. And today, it takes center stage for Caturday. Happy Caturday! 

    Check out the first page of the oldest surviving poem by iconic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley - “Cat In Distress” (transcript of the full poem here). He apparently wrote this when he was about 10. Sometime between 1809 and 1811, his sister Elizabeth transcribed it onto this piece of paper and created the little watercolor cat image. When Elizabeth died, the poem was passed to her sister Hellen. It is now in our Carl H. Pforzheimer Collection of Shelley and His Circle,  one of the world’s leading repositories for the study of English Romanticism. Its holdings consist of some 25,000 books, manuscripts, letters, and other objects, chiefly from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. And today, it takes center stage for Caturday. Happy Caturday! 

  5. Iz you joking?
This magazine poster - printed 118 years ago this month in November 1895 and now in our Art and Architecture Division, depicts a very overdressed woman carrying her precious little black cat through the snow. The cat is dressed, it seems, as a jester - and his expression, we think, shows just how much he is not enjoying it. Cats - they never change. Happy Caturday! 
PS - Did you know our Art, Prints and Photographs Division has its own Tumblr? If you follow the Library, you should follow them, too - check it out! 

    Iz you joking?

    This magazine poster - printed 118 years ago this month in November 1895 and now in our Art and Architecture Division, depicts a very overdressed woman carrying her precious little black cat through the snow. The cat is dressed, it seems, as a jester - and his expression, we think, shows just how much he is not enjoying it. Cats - they never change. Happy Caturday! 

    PS - Did you know our Art, Prints and Photographs Division has its own Tumblr? If you follow the Library, you should follow them, too - check it out

  6. Say hello to four-and-a-half-month-old Andrei, who is dressed as one of The Three Bears for Halloween. His mom Alla is Mama Bear (Papa Bear took the photo). Everyone together now … awwwwww. 

    We’re collecting images of kids and adults dressed as story book characters all day, so keep sending them in! Just send your child’s name and age along with the photos. Snap a shot while the kids are trick or treating! Or take a shot of yourself - adults are welcome! 

    Disclaimer: By sending us your photographs, you are giving the Library permission to post them online, so make sure that they’re your photos and that you have the authority to grant permission. Also, by submitting an image via email, you certify that you’re 18 years or older and accept the Library’s policy on Patron-Generated Content outlined in its privacy policy

  7. It’s a fur ball attack! Look at this lucky gal, totally surrounded by adorable kitties at a cat show held at the 1939-1940 World’s Fair in New York. The purrrfect image is part of our extensive World’s Fair collection (the first subject of our free iPad app Biblion, which you should download), which is in our Manuscripts and Archives Division. Happy multiple cat Caturday! 

    It’s a fur ball attack! Look at this lucky gal, totally surrounded by adorable kitties at a cat show held at the 1939-1940 World’s Fair in New York. The purrrfect image is part of our extensive World’s Fair collection (the first subject of our free iPad app Biblion, which you should download), which is in our Manuscripts and Archives Division. Happy multiple cat Caturday! 

  8. Kittens? Three day weekend? It’s happiness overload. This 1893 card currently in our George Arents Collection was originally put out by Newsboy Plug Tobacco as part of a promotion (if someone presented this card at a store selling Newsboy Plug Tobacco, they would get a larger photograph featuring “The Kittens”). Now it’s just making us smile because the kittens are so cute. Yep, it’s a happy Caturday. And it’s a happy three-day weekend - remember, the Library is closed Monday for Columbus Day. 

    Kittens? Three day weekend? It’s happiness overload. This 1893 card currently in our George Arents Collection was originally put out by Newsboy Plug Tobacco as part of a promotion (if someone presented this card at a store selling Newsboy Plug Tobacco, they would get a larger photograph featuring “The Kittens”). Now it’s just making us smile because the kittens are so cute. Yep, it’s a happy Caturday. And it’s a happy three-day weekend - remember, the Library is closed Monday for Columbus Day. 

  9. October is right around the corner, so we we thought for this week’s Caturday we’d share this October 1895 poster of the magazine “The Black Cat,” which apparently cost five cents and was produced in Boston. The poster is currently in our Art And Architecture Collection (if you’re interested in what else they have, check out their blog). Happy Caturday!

    October is right around the corner, so we we thought for this week’s Caturday we’d share this October 1895 poster of the magazine “The Black Cat,” which apparently cost five cents and was produced in Boston. The poster is currently in our Art And Architecture Collection (if you’re interested in what else they have, check out their blog). Happy Caturday!

  10. So this might by the cutest Caturday image we have ever posted (and we’ve had some good ones). This 1896 print from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection depicts an adorable little cat being protected from two aggressive pups by a much larger - and more majestic - dog. You can almost read the bigger dog’s face: “Go ahead, mongrels. Make my day.” It’s just so darn cute we had to share. We especially love that it is labeled “Animals - Friendship.” What a sweet message. Happy Caturday! 

    So this might by the cutest Caturday image we have ever posted (and we’ve had some good ones). This 1896 print from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection depicts an adorable little cat being protected from two aggressive pups by a much larger - and more majestic - dog. You can almost read the bigger dog’s face: “Go ahead, mongrels. Make my day.” It’s just so darn cute we had to share. We especially love that it is labeled “Animals - Friendship.” What a sweet message. Happy Caturday!