In honor of the royal wedding, here’s a regal-looking image of Puss In Books from our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection. Doesn’t the little guy on the right look a little like the Great Gazoo from the Flintstones? Anyway, happy caturday!
“Dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria!” Yes, love and harmony are in the air for Caturday. In honor of rapidly approaching Valentine’s Day, here’s an image of an adorable kitten who seemingly hearts a cute dog. And the feeling is clearly mutual. Everyone now … “Awwww.” This drawing was originally printed in The Illustrated London News in 1867 and is now in our Mid-Manhattan Picture Collection. And it gave us an excuse to quote the movie “Ghostbusters,” which was filmed at our landmark building! What a great Caturday!
This somewhat disturbing ad for Nestle’s Swiss Milk (titled “Fat cat with bow tie speaks with gaunt cat at night”) was published sometime between 1893 and 1924, and is the subject of this week’s Caturday. Sooo, happy totally weird Caturday! This ad can be found in our Art and Architecture Collection, which is part of our Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photograph. Hope the gaunt cat gets some food soon (not milk, because really, milk isn’t great for cats).
A Christmas edition of Caturday - Hamlet (who was apparently some sort of celebrity) under the tree with some loot from Santa. From our Billy Rose Theatre Division. Merry Christmas!
That’s right, you read the author’s name correctly… the man who wrote “The Cat That Jumped Out of the Story” is the very same Ben Hecht of Hollywood screenwriting fame. (Don’t believe us? … Check out his bio on the back of the jacket.)
We figured, in the spirit of all of the movie madness/awards/top ten lists that happen this time of year, we’d dedicate this week’s Caturday to a man who may, in fact, have been the greatest screenwriter of all time [sorry, Sorkin].
Wait- I’m sorry… are you not familiar with Ben Hecht? He only wrote or contributed to Gone with the Wind, His Girl Friday, Notorious, Scarface, Stagecoach, Wuthering Heights, Gunga Din, Some Like it Hot, Spellbound, Strangers on a Train and oh so many other films.
And, when he wasn’t winning the very first screenwriting Oscar of all time (for the film Underworld in 1929), apparently he was writing fantastically illustrated Children’s Literature.
We like your Renaissance style, Ben. We like it a lot.
Shhhhh. I iz cat nappin’.
This is Louisa Pussy-Cat, apparently sleeping late and, oddly, being watched by a bunch of seemingly suicidal mice. It’s a Beatrix Potter illustration that we have in our Mid-Manhattan Library Children’s Picture Collection. Happy sleepy Caturday. By the way, do you like these images from our Digital Gallery? Then buy one for Christmas and support NYPL!