It’s #MuseumCats day!
Political cartoonist Clifford K. Berryman used cats or cat-inspired images for a number of his drawings that are part of the U.S. Senate Collection here at the National Archives. In this drawing, Berrmyan depicted Speaker of the House of Representatives Joseph G. Cannon as a Cheshire cat. Shortly before this cartoon appeared, Cannon had taunted his critics and defied them to attack him. Unfazed by such bravado, the insurgents led a successful campaign that stripped Cannon of most of his authority the following year.
Happy National Cat Day! We’re sure that Socks the Cat, seen here behind the desk in the Oval Office, would approve this message.
We asked two archivists at the William J. Clinton Presidential Library if they were Team Buddy or Team Socks, and they both went for the cat.
“Socks was a rock star presidential pet. I feel bad for Buddy since he came in 1997 and was never able to shed the shadow of Socks. Socks was found outside the Governor’s Mansion here in Little Rock and made it to the White House,” said John Keller.
“Socks was a true example of American shorthair exceptionalism. After all, this smart tuxedo cat went from being a stray on the streets of Little Rock, Arkansas, all the way to the White House! We have some of Socks’s ashes here in museum storage at the Clinton Library,” said Kim Coryat.
Image: National Archives Identifier 6036916
YOUNG GIRL SITS ON THE PORCH STEPS DAYDREAMING WHILE HER CAT SNIFFS FLOWERS. HER HOME IS ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE AUTO EMISSION INSPECTION STATION IN NORWOOD, OHIO. NORWOOD AND CINCINNATI BEGAN TESTING IN JANUARY, 1975, FOR CARBON MONOXIDE AND HYDROCARBON EMISSIONS. SOME 250,000 VEHICLES ARE REGISTERED IN THE TWO CITIES OFFICIALS ESTIMATE THAT 185,000 WILL BE TESTED BY THE END OF 1975 VEHICLES MUST BE CHECKED ANNUALLY BY AN EXHAUST ANALYZER, 09/1975
From the Records of the Environmental Protection Agency (12/02/1970-)
It’s National Hug Your Cat Day! Find a furry feline and give it a nice squeeze.
Yikes! Not sure how we missed National Hug Your Cat Day — but maybe June 5 is National Walk Your Cat Day?
Our featured cat is Socks, who was photographed at the White House in December of 1993. So we asked Terri Garner, director of the Clinton Presidential Library, to be our guest judge. There was a lot of debate and discussion in Little Rock, but she emailed us a winner today.
Congratulations to Jean West! Terri chose your caption on Facebook as the winner for the special LOL cat edition.
And if you would like to see more of Socks, check out the full set of photographs on Flickr from the William J. Clinton Presidential Library.
The Thursday Photo Caption Contest will return in January 2012 with more humorous images from our holdings.
Prologue’s Thursday Photo Caption Contest: LOLcat edition
To celebrate the Clinton Presidential Library’s first collection on the National Archives Flickr Commons page, we’re featuring Socks the cat! This photograph of Socks in a White House decorated for the holidays was too good to pass up.
Yu has capchun fer Socks?