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Canary Soup: 1914

Canary Soup: 1914

1914. "Cat wearing apron, stirring pot on miniature stove." As seen on the classic cooking show Kitten Kitchen. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

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Toy Stove

Yep, it's a toy cast iron stove. My mom had one. I donated it to the Pickford Area Historical Museum, Pickford, Michigan as I did with most of here stuff.

Dead Cats (Well...)

[They're not dead. -tterrace]

They weren't then, but they are now.
Still full of interest - keep them coming!

Dead cats

tterrace, they may not have been dead in 1914, but I suspect they are now. :-(

Dead Cats

I would stop showing the pics of dead cats -- it's below Shorpy standards! Seriously....

[They're not dead. -tterrace]

If that's a chimney?

On the stove in the photo (missing in the one on Ebay,) then I wonder if you could have put a can of sterno in the mini-stove, and actually made a little pan of biscuits?


I can hardly get my Cats to vacuum, much less cook.

It Isn't Campbell's

Anyone who listened to the Smothers Brothers comedy albums in the mid 1960s can tell you what flavor of soup that kitty is preparing.

" . . . and Mom made me eat it!"

It is indeed a toy

One exactly like this if for sale on eBay. "Lancaster Eagle Miniature Cast Iron Stove w/ Pot Pans."

To Play, To Sell, Or Save?

That stove is a bit too ornate and well executed to be a toy, yet a bit small for a salesman's sample, and it seems to lack coin slots so it's probably not a bank.

I'm guessing it's a high-quality toy, but am more than open to correction by my betters.

Yaaayy!!! The kitties are back!!!!

Hope there are more to come. Thanks, Dave.

So Creepy

When you realize that that kitten was probably stuffed, things take a much, much creepier tone.

[Frees used live animals. -tterrace]

Harry W. Frees

A man with infinite patience and a vivid imagination

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