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Christmas Past

Christmas Past shows a photo of Opie being a good girl resting beneath the artificial Christmas tree. Things had to change when Scooby arrived in the family.  Christmas trees had to be removed unfortunately.  We have other lighted decorations however which make us happy at night when they are illuminated plus an attractive gas fireplace.

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Our Opie under the artificial Christmas tree (2014)

Our Nutcracker Suite music box is the most expensive cat toy ever! (No cats shown)

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Happy Valentines Day

Valentines Day has come around again!  What do we do on every Valentines Day here?  We show some vintage valentines! Where did they come from?  When my father was young, he saved his holiday cards, and I inherited them.  Valentines are the most numerous followed by Christmas cards.  The numbers trail off for the other holidays.  This year I picked out many of the 3 dimensional cards for viewing.  None of them have been punched out, and I am not going to punch them out either, so you kind of have to use your imagination how they would look or go together.  The cards are from the 1920’s.  Sorry, but there are no cats on any of them,.

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3D valentine card 1927

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Vintage cat food mat / MT Rainier in a hat / Guest cats / Opie / Colouring the Past (cats!)

This post is about an unusual vintage cat food mat, Mt. Rainier, some guest cats, Opie and her new toy from the tooth fairy, and an interesting blog called “Colouring the Past” featuring some cats.

Cat Mat

I used this mat almost 20 years ago, I reckon. I was looking for photos of cats eating at the time, but those were few and I did not see the mat. It surfaced the other day when I was cleaning out cabinets. I was surprised and remembered it instantly. What I notice about it of course is the cup of hot chocolate the cat has! Today we all know chocolate is bad, and would not conceive of drawing a cat with chocolate. At any rate, I am using it again, at least for a while. When Zeke first saw it on the floor, he creeped up to it and slowly extended his paw to touch it, in order to see if it moved, I guess. As usual, no camera handy.

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cat food mat


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Valentine greetings and vintage cards

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Valentine greetings and felicitations to all! One again I dig into my father’s collection of cards he saved as I child, and present some more children’s vintage Valentine cards from the 1920’s. I have no cards with cats upon them. There are, however, several with dogs shown. The cards shown today are all from the 1920’s. I have plenty more of these for the future to show. Note that I deleted all previous Valentine Day posts.
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1917 Thanksgiving postcard

Happy Thanksgiving!

Once more I will dive into my father’s postcard collection. He kept many of them when he was a child, which I found after he died carefully stored away in a box. Most of them are Valentines–some of which I previously posted. Today for Thanksgiving I have only one “new” one to post. It was copyrighted in 1917 but sent in 1922.

1917 Thanksgiving postcard

1917 postcard

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Zeke warns: Don’t eat too much Turkey on Thanksgiving!

Like every Thanksgiving, the cats will be prowling about underfoot when they smell the turkey roasting. Fear not that they will each have some!

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Vintage Squeaky Cat Postcards

This post is about squeaky cat postcards.

The squeaky cat postcards below were all given to me as a gift. I had never seen them before. Squeaky postcards of all kinds were made in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. Cats were not the only subject. Two pieces of paper were glued together with the squeaker placed inbetween the layers. All the cards have a bulge in the middle. The squeaker is the same sound regardless of the photographs displayed. I did no photo-editing at all on the photographs. None of mine were ever mailed so I have no definitive date on any of them. Someone must have just been saving the cards. They are devoid of publisher except for #2 which was made in France. All of the others were made in Japan. I saw many for sale on the internet with asking prices varying from $1 each to double digits–good luck with that double digit asking price!

I made a short video so you could hear the “squeak” and watch Marigold who was sleeping being disturbed by the noise.

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