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.
The Aviator, c. 1914
“Kittie’s latest,” c. 1897
Cats decorating Christmas tree, c. 1906
Cats in the dormitory, c. 1906
Evolution of a cat-cher, c. 1889
Mischief makers, c. 1914
Fishing, c. 1842-1848
Two jolly kittens at a feast, c. 1874
Teased by swallows, 1885
The birthday cake, c. 1914
Waiting for mistress, c. 1908
In the Rogue’s Gallery, c. 1898
One of the “smart set,” 1906
Playtime, c. 1914
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.