It’s Caturday! You know what that means? Time to play a game of croquet without rules with a sweet young kitty, according to this 1885 print from Harpers Young People from the Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection.
From NYPL’s Art and Architecture collection, the Century Company published Cheerful Cats Illustrated by Joseph G. Francis.around the turn of the 19th Century. We admit we’re pretty cheerful the weather is sunny and more springlike today and we’d hazard a guess cats are pretty pleased with it as well.
In honor of the newly-arrived Spring,
and our fervent hope for warmer weather,today’s Caturday from NYPL’s 1939 World’s Fair Collection features a magnolia blossom and two extraordinarily tiny kittens.
In honor of National Pi Day yesterday, today’s Caturday image from the Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection seemed appropos. This dainty picture featuring an enormous pie is from an ABC Book in the 1910s.
If you haven’t eaten a piece of
pipie,yet, take a page (this page in particular) from the book and Eat It.
From NYPL’s Arents Cigarette Card collection, we have instructions for anyone interested in sketching kittens from life. Suggestions include completing different sketches and using principle lines to create movement. The results here are just adorable and we would love to see what our followers can create! In fact, we’ll share our favorite sketches from followers next week. Tag your drawing #nyplkittens and share your work with the rest of the class.
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?
This beautiful photo of a little one reading to a furry one has been making the rounds around the interwebs and we couldn’t resist sharing it with you all! The photo was taken during a program held at the Animal Rescue League in Berks County, PA where kids read to shelter animals - helping the kids strengthen their reading skills in a non-judgmental environment and the cat or dog gets some well-deserved affection. The Library has a similar program, so if your little one needs a little reading encouragement, stop by Mulberry Street to Read with Theo the pooch or sign up at Epiphany Library where kids can read with Macaroni (the dog, not the pasta!)