1. It was 130 years ago this month that this image ran in The Peterson Magazine. Called, “The Kittens,” the real point was to show off French fashion of the 1880s, but we’re now using it for Caturday. Everyone dresses like this to play with their cats, right? The August 1883 image is currently in our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection, which (as we’ve mentioned before), is used by the costume designers of “Orange is the New Black.” So vIsit Mid-Manhattan and get inspired! Anyone can use the Picture Collection (of course, for free). 

    It was 130 years ago this month that this image ran in The Peterson Magazine. Called, “The Kittens,” the real point was to show off French fashion of the 1880s, but we’re now using it for Caturday. Everyone dresses like this to play with their cats, right? The August 1883 image is currently in our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection, which (as we’ve mentioned before), is used by the costume designers of “Orange is the New Black.” So vIsit Mid-Manhattan and get inspired! Anyone can use the Picture Collection (of course, for free). 

  2. July is rapidly coming to a close, but before it does, we wanted to share this very cool Caturday image from July 1862. It is the cover of Peterson’s Magazine, which features an Etruscan hand-screen with a cat smack dab in the middle. Cool, right? This item is currently in our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection (which anyone can use and, in case you missed this interview, is relied on by the costume designer of hit show “Orange Is The New Black” as she researches outfits). Happy Caturday! 

    July is rapidly coming to a close, but before it does, we wanted to share this very cool Caturday image from July 1862. It is the cover of Peterson’s Magazine, which features an Etruscan hand-screen with a cat smack dab in the middle. Cool, right? This item is currently in our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection (which anyone can use and, in case you missed this interview, is relied on by the costume designer of hit show “Orange Is The New Black” as she researches outfits). Happy Caturday! 

  3. It’s hot. Like, really hot. It’s a day to stay indoors and look at cute pictures of cats. And here’s a really cute one to get you started -  a tobacco card from 1823 currently in our George Arents Collection called “The Kittens.” The back of the card says if you collect ten “Newsboy paper tags” and bring them to a participating store, you could have gotten an unframed print of this cute picture. Want to see other pics of cats? Check out nearly three year’s worth of NYPL Caturday images! Happy Caturday! 

    It’s hot. Like, really hot. It’s a day to stay indoors and look at cute pictures of cats. And here’s a really cute one to get you started -  a tobacco card from 1823 currently in our George Arents Collection called “The Kittens.” The back of the card says if you collect ten “Newsboy paper tags” and bring them to a participating store, you could have gotten an unframed print of this cute picture. Want to see other pics of cats? Check out nearly three year’s worth of NYPL Caturday images! Happy Caturday! 

  4. Some things never change. Cats are hilariously curious today, and they were hilariously curious in the 1950s - and here’s the evidence. This photo from our Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy depicts a kitty devilishly dumpster-diving on Catherine Street in New York City in 1951. It’s part of a set of nearly 1,700 black and white photos in our collection showing street views of New York City from the 1870s to the 1970s. We just thought it was funny, and perfect Caturday fodder. Happy Caturday (for those who don’t know, we’ve been posting pics of feisty felines from our collections every Saturday since 2010 - go back and see what other Caturday treats we’ve shared).  

    Some things never change. Cats are hilariously curious today, and they were hilariously curious in the 1950s - and here’s the evidence. This photo from our Milstein Division of U.S. History, Local History, and Genealogy depicts a kitty devilishly dumpster-diving on Catherine Street in New York City in 1951. It’s part of a set of nearly 1,700 black and white photos in our collection showing street views of New York City from the 1870s to the 1970s. We just thought it was funny, and perfect Caturday fodder. Happy Caturday (for those who don’t know, we’ve been posting pics of feisty felines from our collections every Saturday since 2010 - go back and see what other Caturday treats we’ve shared).  

  5. Happy Caturday! Check out this very cool photo from our Photography Collection - it’s a 1978 image of Julie Merz, daughter of architects Joseph and Mary Merz, and her cat, inside of their home at 48 Willow Place, Brooklyn (for double Caturday action, there’s also a cat poster on the wall). The photo is one of many in our collection by photographer Dinanda Nooney, who in 1978 and 1979 did a series of black and white prints of almost 200 individuals and families in their Brooklyn homes called "At Home In Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs." It’s hot outside - stay in and browse, and check out a piece of Brooklyn history. Think a cat still lives at 48 Willow Place? Hmmm, we wonder. Happy Caturday!

    Happy Caturday! Check out this very cool photo from our Photography Collection - it’s a 1978 image of Julie Merz, daughter of architects Joseph and Mary Merz, and her cat, inside of their home at 48 Willow Place, Brooklyn (for double Caturday action, there’s also a cat poster on the wall). The photo is one of many in our collection by photographer Dinanda Nooney, who in 1978 and 1979 did a series of black and white prints of almost 200 individuals and families in their Brooklyn homes called "At Home In Brooklyn: The Nooney Brooklyn Photographs." It’s hot outside - stay in and browse, and check out a piece of Brooklyn history. Think a cat still lives at 48 Willow Place? Hmmm, we wonder. Happy Caturday!

  6. OK, you’re right, it’s technically not July yet. We still have a few days to go in good old June. But we thought we’d share this 1898 Harper’s image from our Art and Architecture Collection for Caturday anyway. First of all, it’s cute, and beautiful art. Second of all, we’re pretty excited about July around here, because starting July 1, we’re displaying our original manuscript of the Declaration of Independence in Thomas Jefferson’s hand and our original copy of the Bill of Rights in the three-day-only exhibition Foundations of Freedom at our 42nd Street Library. It’s on view from July 1 to July 3 only, so come down, celebrate July, celebrate Independence Day, and check it out. It’s free, of course - after all, we do put the “free” in freedom. Chuckle, chuckle. Happy Caturday! 

    OK, you’re right, it’s technically not July yet. We still have a few days to go in good old June. But we thought we’d share this 1898 Harper’s image from our Art and Architecture Collection for Caturday anyway. First of all, it’s cute, and beautiful art. Second of all, we’re pretty excited about July around here, because starting July 1, we’re displaying our original manuscript of the Declaration of Independence in Thomas Jefferson’s hand and our original copy of the Bill of Rights in the three-day-only exhibition Foundations of Freedom at our 42nd Street Library. It’s on view from July 1 to July 3 only, so come down, celebrate July, celebrate Independence Day, and check it out. It’s free, of course - after all, we do put the “free” in freedom. Chuckle, chuckle. Happy Caturday! 

  7. It’s another cute Caturday, courtesy of the legendary Beatrix Potter. This 1907 Potter image is currently in our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection. Like Beatrix Potter? Then head to our new free exhibition The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. It’s at our 42nd Street building, and discusses the history and impact of children’s literature on people and societies. It’s chock full of amazing items from our collection - including an original Beatrix Potter drawing. So go! Visit! Check it out! Have some fun this Caturday! 

    It’s another cute Caturday, courtesy of the legendary Beatrix Potter. This 1907 Potter image is currently in our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection. Like Beatrix Potter? Then head to our new free exhibition The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. It’s at our 42nd Street building, and discusses the history and impact of children’s literature on people and societies. It’s chock full of amazing items from our collection - including an original Beatrix Potter drawing. So go! Visit! Check it out! Have some fun this Caturday! 

  8. Today’s Caturday offering gives you three felines for the price of one (the price, as with everything at the Library, is, of course, free). This is a 1907 book illustration from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection by the one and only Beatrix Potter - who will be featured in an upcoming, amazing, free exhibition at the Library called The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. It will open to the pubic on Friday, June 21 - be sure to come to our 42nd Street Library and check it out. A Beatrix Potter drawing will be in the show, along with recordings of E.B. White reading excerpts of Charlotte’s Web, a manuscript of The Secret Garden, the copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that Lewis Carroll gave to the woman who inspired the character, and much, much more. The exhibition explores children’s literature and why it has been - and continues to be - so important to individuals, and to society as a whole. So mark your calendars to June 21 - and happy Caturday!

    Today’s Caturday offering gives you three felines for the price of one (the price, as with everything at the Library, is, of course, free). This is a 1907 book illustration from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection by the one and only Beatrix Potter - who will be featured in an upcoming, amazing, free exhibition at the Library called The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter. It will open to the pubic on Friday, June 21 - be sure to come to our 42nd Street Library and check it out. A Beatrix Potter drawing will be in the show, along with recordings of E.B. White reading excerpts of Charlotte’s Web, a manuscript of The Secret Garden, the copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland that Lewis Carroll gave to the woman who inspired the character, and much, much more. The exhibition explores children’s literature and why it has been - and continues to be - so important to individuals, and to society as a whole. So mark your calendars to June 21 - and happy Caturday!

  9. Well, the weather here in New York City has been sort of terrible, so in honor of it raining CATS and dogs, here is chic 1922 French image from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection of a little cat, staring up at his well-dressed servant, who is standing statue-esque near an umbrella holder. It’s not the most direct connection, but it’s a connection, nonetheless (and the cat is super adorable). Happy Caturday, all. Stay dry!

    Well, the weather here in New York City has been sort of terrible, so in honor of it raining CATS and dogs, here is chic 1922 French image from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection of a little cat, staring up at his well-dressed servant, who is standing statue-esque near an umbrella holder. It’s not the most direct connection, but it’s a connection, nonetheless (and the cat is super adorable). Happy Caturday, all. Stay dry!

  10. This super artsy Caturday is brought to you by the Library’s Prints Collection. This black and white print — called “Tete de Chat” — was created sometime between 1866 and 1878, and was etched by Felix Bracquemond. While it’s a beautiful image, the cat does look a little down - maybe because he knows that the NYPL is closed for Memorial Day this weekend. But never fear, little kitty, we’ll be back open Tuesday. Happy long weekend, and happy Caturday! 

    This super artsy Caturday is brought to you by the Library’s Prints Collection. This black and white print — called “Tete de Chat” — was created sometime between 1866 and 1878, and was etched by Felix Bracquemond. While it’s a beautiful image, the cat does look a little down - maybe because he knows that the NYPL is closed for Memorial Day this weekend. But never fear, little kitty, we’ll be back open Tuesday. Happy long weekend, and happy Caturday!