Cats As Victorian Era People for Wednesday Whimsy

???????????????????????????????Last week I did a post on Victorian trade cards featuring dogs as people so it’s only fair that this week we look at the cats. This demure lady to the left could be in a Jane Austen novel, I think – love her hat.

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” ― Leonardo da Vinci

“The way to get on with a cat is to treat it as an equal – or even better, as the superior it knows itself to be.” ― Elizabeth Peters, The Snake, the Crocodile and the Dog (I love her books, by the way!)

But I am a cat, and no cat anywhere ever gave anyone a straight answer.” ― Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn

“I am the Cat who walks by himself, and all places are alike to me.” ― Rudyard ???????????????????????????????Kipling, The Cat That Walked by Himself: And Other Stories

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“No matter how much the cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens. ” ― Abraham Lincoln???????????????????????????????

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The Victorians seemed to enjoy putting three nearly identical animals on trade cards. I’ve seen frogs on bicycles, dogs running…but I liked these three industriously sewing cat-ladies best.

“That’s the great secret of creativity. You treat ideas like cats: you make them follow you.” ― Ray Bradbury, Zen in the Art of Writing

“There are no ordinary cats.” ― Colette

These two at the bottom left and right are my personal favorites among the vintage cards! But of course we mustn’t forget my own Jake….Jake upside down???????????????????????????????003

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