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Watch the Birdie: 1930

Watch the Birdie: 1930

Washington, D.C., circa 1930. "Timmons, Mrs. Bascom N." We'll let you fill in the blanks. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Timmie was no Sylvester

"Timmie," one of the Timmons' cats of that era - and perhaps the one in this photo - was described by the Associated Press in this article as "the most famous cat known to Washington's official life," because of its un-cat-like friendships with President and Mrs. Coolidge's canary, and with ducklings. This factoid regarding a Timmons cat and Mrs. Coolidge's canary was important enough for the AP to mention again in Mr. Timmons' 1987 obituary.

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D.C. cat house?

The biography of Texas-born newspaperman and D.C. bureau chief Bascom Timmons on the website of the Texas State Historical Association suggests a reason why this cat photo includes a reference to Mr. Timmons' wife. "As an animal lover, he 'adopted' many pets; a cat cemetery in Washington is the final resting place for 125 of his cats." Ethel, the real Mrs. Timmons, presumably set up the photo shoot. She would remain his spouse until her death in 1970.

Welcome back

Thanks for showing the cute cat pictures again. I wondered what those kittens would look like all grown up.

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