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Giveaway Winner and Strange But True Vintage Black Cat Photos

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Giveaway Winner and Strange But True Vintage Black Cat Photos by Layla Morgan Wilde

No matter how long I’ve been curating unusual items to blog about, it never ends. This being Black Cat Awareness Month, I thought I’d do a deep dive into vintage photos of black cats. All required heavy digital editing to make them more purrfect. Which is your favorite?

Drum roll please… the winner of the Kilkenny CatsOriginal Painting giveaway is Jo and Angus from @Angustheofficecat

They live in Canada and Angus is a real working cat. He also happens to be featured in my Black Cats Tell All Book. Can you believe it’s been three years since it was published!? Great strides have been made towards black cat awareness and adoption, but the work continues. It’s always a thrill when buyers in foreign countries post photos on Instagram. Get your copy on sale today.

At the turn of the century, Louis Coulon was famous for his beard which began growing at an alarming rate as a boy. It kept growing until it reached 11 feet. I can’t imagine the trouble it took to groom, but his cat doesn’t seems to mind a lack of hygiene.

It’s spooky season so, what could be spookier than twins girls and twin cats. Seriously, this is a portrait from 1918 I took liberties with.

spooky season cats and girls


Salvador Dali-Philippe-Halsman with black cats

The always avant-garde Salvadore Dali creating art with black cats in 1948. The cat muses were likely not amused.

henri-cartier-bresson-paris cat with two men

There is something wonderfully voyeuristic of the cat spying on two men in Paris. It’s by the iconic French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and required no editing.

henry behrens little man with black cat in 1956

The world’s smallest man in 1956, Henry Behrens traveled the world in circuses. His black cat was panther-sized to his height of 30 inches.

Studio portraits with kids in Victorian times often had pets as props.

The black cat would have been a model and in this case, the girl looks like she’s expecting all tricks and no treats.

vintage halloween girl with black cat

The count down to Halloween is half over. Will your cat be wearing a costume?


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