Cats in the Archives

It appears that people have always taken photos of their cats to share; it’s not just a Web obsession. Here are a few that made their way into the Archives–feel free to download the images and superimpose your own captions.

This is a formal studio portrait of a three-year-old boy. Perhaps the cat helped to calm him and keep him still, although at this early date the child might have been tied to the chair or held in a clamp.

George Allan Velton and cat, July 29, 1867. Reference code AM336-S3-2-: CVA 677-292

Noel Robinson arrived in Vancouver in 1908 and worked as a journalist for several daily newspapers. Here he is in military uniform, with friends.

Noel Robinson and Bill Reed with cats, 1915. Reference code CVA 677-423

One of a group of photographs taken by local pharmacist Erwin Gordon, these might be his children. And his cat.

Man with baby, girl and cat, 1921. Reference code AM336-S3-1-: CVA 677-1061

Man with baby, girl and cat, 1921. Reference code AM336-S3-1-: CVA 677-1061

Jack Lindsay worked in Vancouver as a news photographer, photojournalist and commercial photographer. He took this for the Vancouver News-Herald.

Cat on a desk, ca. 1940 Jack Lindsay, Photographer. Reference code AM1184-S3-: CVA 1184-1084

Cat on a desk, ca. 1940 Jack Lindsay, Photographer. Reference code AM1184-S3-: CVA 1184-1084

He also took this image of a child in a ship’s wheelhouse.

Girl holding cat in wheelhouse, 1942 Jack Lindsay, Photographer. Reference code AM1184-S3-: CVA 1184-1488

Girl holding cat in wheelhouse, 1942 Jack Lindsay, Photographer. Reference code AM1184-S3-: CVA 1184-1488

Former City Alderman John Bennett relaxes with his cat, in the same year he was awarded the Freedom of the City.

John Bennett with his cat, 1947. Reference code AM54-S4-: Port P1812.3

John Bennett with his cat, 1947. Reference code AM54-S4-: Port P1812.3

Frederick Seymour was Governor of the Colony of British Columbia from 1864-1869. Mount Seymour, and Seymour Street are named for him. The photographer, Frederick Dally, arrived in Victoria in 1862 and was known for his photographs of British Columbia. He returned to England in 1870 to work as a dental surgeon.

Governor Seymour and cat, 186-? Reference code AM54-S4-1-: A-6-111

Governor Seymour and cat, 186-? Reference code AM54-S4-1-: A-6-111

Sergeant James Sperring and others of the 121st Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force are in a training camp in Vernon, B.C.

Members of the 121st Battalion with cat, 1916.  Reference code AM54-S4-2-: CVA 371-245

Members of the 121st Battalion with cat, 1916. Reference code AM54-S4-2-: CVA 371-245

William Sumner was a member of the Home Guard in Winnipeg, men who patrolled the streets every night to be on the alert for attack during the North-West Rebellion. He worked as a bricklayer after he moved to Vancouver, laying the first brick in the old Hotel Vancouver.  A singer, he reportedly grew a beard at doctor’s advice in order to protect his throat. He died in 1947 at age 95.

William Sumner and cat, Nov. 29, 1946. Reference code AM54-S4-2-: CVA 371-1838

William Sumner and cat, Nov. 29, 1946. Reference code AM54-S4-2-: CVA 371-1838

 

 

3 responses to “Cats in the Archives

  1. Maria Glowinski

    Miau!
    super Zusammenstellung
    Danke

  2. Doris Fiedrich

    Das finde ich auch. Vielen Dank! Wie immer eine interessante Blog-Eintragung.
    Thank you for the selection of these great historic photographs featuring cats.

  3. mariann sinkovics

    I believe George has 2 cats in the 1867 photo, or one very long one with extra legs

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