Strange Vintage Cat Valentine’s Day Cards
The Tale of the Three Little Kittens Taxidermy Display
An unusual and disturbing vintage taxidermy tableaux constructed for the Marahaja of Mysore’s childrens nursery in 1870. It is set to depict the story of the nursery rhyme, “The Tale of the Three Little Kittens”. These three little kittens have lost more than their mittens.
Vintage Taxidery Dolled-Up Kitty; This cat looks curiously terrified and dead!
The Creepy Vintage Taxidermy of Walter Potter
Arguably one of the founding fathers of English Taxidermy, Walter Potter was born on July 2nd 1835 in the village of Bramber in West Sussex. Very little remains of this museum today and the actual site is now a house. Only a very small plaque commemorates this man’s achievements in this art form.
Walter used taxidermy to produce tableaux depicting groups of animals behaving as though they were tiny humans. Walter lived until 1918 (he suffered a stroke, from which he never recovered) when the ownership passed to his daughter and subsequently to his grandson who kept the taxidermy museum open in Bramber where it was a famous tourist attraction for many years prior to its final museum resting place at Jamaica Inn, on Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.
The most famous exhibit in Potter’s taxidermy museum is The Kitten’s Tea and Croquet Party (top picture). It has 37 little kittens having tea, or playing croquet, with onlookers and waitresses. Walter Potter shows great attention to detail, two kittens appear to be reading a time-table, another is brushing its hair. A social gathering of some importance seems to be taking place, a courteous young kitten is offering a plate of ‘mouse tarts’ to his neighbor.
What’s Delalying My Dinner?
The Pin-Striped, Three-Piece Suit, Top Hat Cat
Since the picture is vintage, it is fair to assume that this little cat suit, hat and moustache were handmade since Build-A-Bear Workshops weren’t around. To take the time to make the suit and take a photograph of him, is someone who really loved their cat. Either that, or it’s a picture for an ad so all of the sentimentality is completely gone from it.