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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Hattie and the Cat: 1925

Hattie and the Cat: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Mrs. Thaddeus Caraway and cat." The cat's accomplishments are lost to history, but Hattie Caraway went on to become a two-term U.S. Senator, the first woman ever elected to that office. View full size.

 

What a wonderful cat!

Almost a true Russian Blue, except for the white spot on the neck. True "Blues" are very wary; it would be quite a feat to get one to sit on your lap. Great photo!

I've attached a picture of Mr. Schpilkis, my Russian Blue.

Cheese!

The cat definitely looks happier.

Mrs. Caraway

I'm related to this lady through her husband -- she was an exemplary person and people should read more about her.

And yes, that is a very smart looking cat.

Legacy

Not Altogether Lost

"The cat's accomplishments are lost to history."

Au Contraire. Today's Shorpy Photo chronicles two of the cat's accomplishments.
1. The cat got to sit on Mrs. Thaddeus Caraway's lap.
2. The cat held very still while its photograph was taken.
These are notable achievements for a cat.

The camera squeeze bulb

is in the photographer's left hand. Guess how I know!

I spy with my beady eye

a mouse for supper.

Beautiful!

That is a very pretty Kitty.

 
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