Louis Wain's Cat
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President of The
National Cat Club, Louis Wain claimed in an interview in 1896 that his
"fanciful cat creations" were first suggested to him by Peter, his black
& white cat.
"Paying Visits" 1904 Postcard
"Merry Christmas!" Postcard
Cats -- Dave Barry
"Cats are less loyal than dogs, but more
independent." (This is code. It means: "Cats are smarter than dogs, but
they hate people.") Many people love cats. From time to time, newspapers
print stories about some elderly widow who died and left her entire
estate, valued at $3,200,000, to her cat, Fluffkins. Cats read these
stories, too, and are always plotting to get named as beneficiaries in
their owners' wills. Did you ever wonder where your cat goes when it
wanders off for several hours? It meets with other cats in estate-planning
seminars. I just thought you should know.
"Unhappy and Curly" 1904 Postcard
published by Raphael
"Bathing Cats A Mourning Dip"
1904 by Lois Wain
The Raphael Tuck Company began in London, England in 1866
and sold frames and pictures. Raphael Tuck's three sons joined the
business in 1871 and published their first Christmas greeting card. One of
the sons, Adolph Tuck, produced their first picture postcard in 1894 of
Mt. Snowden in Wales, which was sold to tourists at the site.
TUCK Company entered the American postcard market in 1900 and maintained
an office in New York. American artists designed the postcards and they
were printed in Germany and England and returned to the U.S. for sale.
Most records of the TUCK history were destroyed during the bombing blitz
of London during World War II, including the original paintings the
postcards were produced from.