From the collection of Major-General Hardwicke’s illustrations of Indian Zoology, today’s Caturday cat is the Beautiful Cat. (Yes you heard that right, THE BEAUTIFUL CAT) In addition to this regal feline, the Major-General shared his illustrations of many animals including the Allied Cat, the Bengal Civet and many others!
Saturdays are rife with cats and rightfully so, we say.
Because nothing is quite so grand as NYPL’s Caturday.
For today’s installment, we thought we’d share
An ode to cats, both bold and fair.
For some, black cats are luck gone bad.
And the long-haired white too pretty.
There are those who think the Tabby plain
And the tail-less Manx too gritty.
The Siamese that is much too chatty,
The Tortoiseshell, a little batty.
The solitude of the Russian Blue
And the Abyssinian… who?
But, we disagree with all of that, we love cats great and small.
The black cat or the siamese are both a living doll.
We like the short-haired house cat and the Maine Coon mane.
There’s no cat we do not like and so we shall refrain…
We love all cats great and small, of that you can be sure.
But now we ask of you, which cat do YOU adore?
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?)!
Thanksgiving is right around the corner, so for this week’s Caturday, we’re sharing some photos of cat balloons from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! The photos are from the 1931 and 1932 parades, and are currently in our Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy. Yes, they’re a little small (and affixed to paper along with photos of other balloons) but you can still see them! If you want to see other old school photos of the parade, we have plenty here. 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!
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!
I iz confuzzled.
This cute kitty got a surprise when housemate Andrei (who is four and a half months old) dressed as one of the Three Little Bears this Halloween. You can almost read the cat’s mind: “Ummmm, what is this supposed to be?” Andrei is just one of many costumed cuties whose parents responded to our request for people dressed as storybook characters this Halloween (go back through our Tumblr and check out some of the others! They’re adorable!). So happy Caturday, and happy belated Halloween! Hope everyone is still on a sugar high!
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!
Check out these sweet little pumpkins! With Oct. 31 right around the corner, we decided that today we’d present a spooky, Halloween edition of Caturday with some purrrrfectly appropriate images from the late 1800s and early 1900s. They’re all from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection, and they’re so cute, it’s scary (well, the one with two pumpkins with human faces kissing is actually kind of scary, but still). Happy Halloween, and happy 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!