15 vintage cat photos that prove people have always loved them

It’s a known fact that the Internet consists mainly of cat pictures. People around the world love to see and share kitty shenanigans in the form of photos, macros, and videos. And if Victorians had had access to the Internet, you can bet that they would have spent their time looking at cat pictures as well. Society’s love for cats is nothing new, and people have been drawing and photographing fluffy felines for ages. Want some proof? Check out these 15 vintage cat photos and cartoons that show how deep society’s obsession goes.

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The Aviator, c. 1914

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“Kittie’s latest,” c. 1897

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Cats decorating Christmas tree, c. 1906

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Cats in the dormitory, c. 1906

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Evolution of a cat-cher, c. 1889

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Mischief makers, c. 1914

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Fishing, c. 1842-1848

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Two jolly kittens at a feast, c. 1874

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Teased by swallows, 1885

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The birthday cake, c. 1914

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Waiting for mistress, c. 1908

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In the Rogue’s Gallery, c. 1898

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One of the “smart set,” 1906

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Playtime, c. 1914

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Intermission, c. 1912. Used in motion picture theaters as an announcement.

Which of these vintage cat photos is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.
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6 replies
  1. Amy A
    Amy A says:

    Cute! Now I don’t feel so bad dressing my dog Suki up in clothes and pushing her around the Mall in a stroller while I shop..Looks like people have been doing this forever.We just never before saw pictures of it. Thanks Miss Harris.

  2. Smithc721
    Smithc721 says:

    Wow that was odd. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyway, just wanted to say superb blog!

  3. wally w
    wally w says:

    Wow, well after watching this I really think that people are really crazy about the cats,
    some of the images are really very very weird,
    thanks for making me laugh


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