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Throwback Thursday: Happiness Is A Cute Cat

Cynthia:  Most portraits from the “olden times” seem to be composed of uncomfortable people wearing uncomfortable clothes and gazing uncomfortably at the camera. But, put a cat in their arms and suddenly the person’s eyes light up with joy and a smile threatens to emerge from their lips.



Some even break out into big toothy grins! I especially love this one! Even the cats look happy!



I can’t seem to find the origins and/or dates of the pics above but I do know that the ladies in this next picture are Edna B. Doughty and Louisa Grogen. The year was 1927 and the picture was taken in Washington at the Wardman Park Hotel for a cat show. I love the decorative cloche the lady on the right is wearing.


1927, Wardman Park Hotel, Washington
Photo from The Library Of Congress
Prints and Photographs Online Catalogue


Cynthia:  Charles Schulz, the creator of Snoopy and Peanuts, says that happiness is a warm puppy. With all due respect to the Peanut Gallery, I would like to add that happiness is also a cute cat.

Marcy:  I don’t think Mr. Schulz would mind. And anyway, he’s dead.

Cynthia:  Marcy! Way to change the tone! Gee whiz!

Marcy:  What? It’s my blog and I’ll change the tone if I want to.


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  • Reply GnomeLover October 25, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I love all of your "olden day" pictures you find. I also wonder where are the men with the cats? Did any men take pictures with cats back then? I am curious.

    Why can't women dress like that today? I love the hats, the lace, the jewelry. Swoon.


    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch October 25, 2013 at 6:43 am

      I do plan on putting up a post with men holding their cats! I found some pretty amazing ones. There are a bunch of pictures with sailors and their cats from a hundred or more years ago that are so great. Also, I found photos of Marlon Brando and Frank Zappa with their cats.
      I am with you about the clothes. That blouse in the first photo is sooooo pretty!

  • Reply Lisa - respect the shoes October 28, 2013 at 12:12 am

    You're right, it seems like it was such a rare thing for people to look happy in "vintage" photos – shoot, my parents barely smile in pics! One thing about the ability to take tons of electronic pics – smile and look goofy away!

    • Reply MarcyVeryMuch October 29, 2013 at 6:00 pm

      Yay! One must always strive to look happy and goofy! 😀

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