Meet Sport, whose cross-eyed portrait graced the Indianapolis News On June 11, 1904.
I was doing research on something else entirely (a future post) when my combination of keywords led me to this treasure. I had to share it! The tongue-in-cheek article reported that Sport, a Scotch terrier owned by an Indianapolis grocer, had suffered a youthful encounter with a cat: “Long did the cat hold his frightened gaze, the pup powerless to break the spell. Since then, people who know Sport say, he has been cross-eyed.”
All cat owners have experienced the efforts that our household adversaries and master manipulators make to hypnotize us. It’s a well-known hazard of cat ownership. Poor Sport never had a chance….
Cats on a ladder, real photo postcard. Postmarked 8 October 1907.
Verso of real photo postcard above.
While I prepare some longer posts after some time off, here’s a terrific real photo postcard of a mother cat and four kittens posed on a stepladder. Two things are unusual in this image: the entire family appears to be white, and there are four kittens. It was often the case that, in the days before surgical spaying became available, all the kittens but one or two were drowned at birth. Perhaps the little fellows all survived because of their unusual color.
Presumably the photographer is “Glen,” who sent the postcard with the comment “thought I’d send you some cats.” However, this pose probably required more than one person: a cat arranger and a photographer ready with the camera before the subjects jumped down and ran off.