Cynthia: So of course I had to share another vintage photo of a girl posing with her cat. It is #ThrowbackThursday after all.
Marcy: Of course you did. You’re obsessed with these photos.
Cynthia: Kind of. This one makes me want to put on a romantic white blouse like this one for $410 that (of course) sold out immediately at Anthropologie.
Marcy: As noted in a previous post, you have a serious problem.
Cynthia: I know. These two are more reasonable and just as pretty.
Cynthia: And throw on a big bow –
Marcy: Okay so you do know it’s not 1985 anymore. Right? Cindy?
Cynthia: And grab a cat.
Marcy: Grab a dead cat you mean.
Cynthia: No, I don’t mean that. What do you mean?
Marcy: That’s a taxidermy cat.
Cynthia: No way.
Marcy: Take a good look, Cindy. That is one dead stuffed cat.
Cynthia takes another look at the photo.
And then another look.
Marcy: Sorry to burst your bubble.
Cynthia: You’re not sorry.
Marcy: I know.
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Cynthia: Sigh… I don’t know what it is about old photos but I could look at them all day.
Marcy: It’s four o’clock in the afternoon. You have been looking at them all day.
Cynthia: Every day more of these vintage photos of women with cats gets pinned to Pinterest. Seriously. Every day. My vintage photo board is up to 153 pins. Where do they come from? I guess they just languished in old photo albums and shoe boxes until a few years ago when the internet made it socially acceptable to be cat crazy.
Marcy: Us cats hypnotized you humans eons ago. The proof is in the photos.
Cynthia: You’re right, Marcy. The girl in the photo looks like one of the last Russian princesses. She has that entranced gaze of someone who’s been hypnotized. And, that wall eyed kitty looks like he is channeling Rasputin and is the one who hypnotized her.
|Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia and Rasputin
Cynthia (her eyes dilating): It’s quite uncanny. It’s quite creepy. It’s like you cats have the same hypnosis talents as the mystical Rasputin who helped destroy the Russian monarchy.
Marcy (in her hypnotist voice): You will now go and get me Friskies.
Cynthia’s eyes glaze over and she smiles beatifically.
Cynthia: Sure. Okay.
Cynthia wanders over to the Cat Cabinet to get Marcy her dinner two hours before Friskies o’clock.
Marcy: All of us puddy tats have a little Rasputin in us.
Marcy smiles evilly and mystically as she eats her Friskies two hours earlier.
Cynthia is tap dancing in the kitchen and singing On The Good Ship Lollipop. Very loudly and very badly.
Marcy is trying to nap.
Cynthia: I remember watching old Shirley Temple movies over at my Gram and Grandad’s house when I was a little kid. On their old black and white TV. I found her enthralling. I wanted to tap dance and jump around just like her. And live my life onstage.
CNN stated perfectly what I love so much about Shirley. She was “spunky and optimistic”. Two traits I admire so much in people and two traits that I am constantly trying to cultivate in myself.
I do not even find myself sad at her passing yesterday. She created a wonderful life for herself, lived a long life, and declared that she had no regrets. What do you think, Marcy?
Marcy: I regret that my sunspot is in the kitchen this morning. Your clomping and wailing around is hurting my eardrums.
Cynthia: Marcy! That’s called entertainment.
Marcy: When Shirley does it, it’s called entertainment. When you do it, it’s called torment.
Cynthia: Okay. I’ll stop for a minute. Shall we?
Marcy raises her Friskies can. Cynthia raises her martini glass.
Marcy and Cynthia: RIP Shirley Temple. Cheers to attacking life with spunk and optimism and doing so while smiling and tap dancing.
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
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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.