REPORTS FROM EARLY CAT SHOWS IN THE USA
CAT SHOW – Arkansas City Daily Traveler, 22nd October, 1903
The St. Agnes Guild of the Episcopal church will hold a cat show at the home of Mrs. Unsell, Nov. 20, 1903. Anyone desiring to may enter their pets. Prizes will be given.
CAT SHOW – Arkansas City Daily Traveler, 14th November, 1903
The St. Agnes Guild will hold a cat show, Saturday afternoon and evening Nov. 21, and all ladies and children in the city are requested to box or cage their cat and bring them in by noon. There will be five prizes offered for the finest Angora in one class. In the other class for the fattest, leanest, cutest and meanest. Messers Albert Denton, E. L. McDowell and E. L. Kingsbury will act as judges. Chicken pie supper will be served from six until nine. Watch next week’s papers for location.
CAT SHOW – Arkansas City Daily Traveler, 18th November, 1903
The cat show will be held in the room vacated by the Harned grocery, Saturday afternoon and evening. Prizes on display in the window of E. Kirkpatrick’s store.
[PREPARING FOR BUFFALO SHOW] CAT CLUB MEET TODAY – Democrat and Chronicle, 20th October, 1906
A special meeting of the Lockehaven Cat Club will be held this afternoon at 2.30 o’clock, at the home of Mrs. Elizabeth L. Brace, No. 42 Grieg street. Mrs. Brace has been in Buffalo this week, attending to preparation for the cat show to be held there in December by the Lockehaven and Buffalo clubs. It is believed that at least 300 cats will be shown.
CATS PREPARING FOR BUFFALO EXHIBITION – Democrat and Chronicle, 12th November, 1906
About Twenty Rochester Cats to be Shown.
Many Rochester cats whose records justify expectations of their winning more prizes, and other cats, as yet to fame and fortune unknown, are looking forward to the Buffalo Cat Show to be held December 4th, 5th and 6th. Twenty have already been entered. These cats are taking the best care possible of their fur and their health, that they may make a fine appearance in the neighboring city and thereby shed glory on their owners,
Fanciers who have made entries are Mrs. Alfred Jackson, president of the Lockehaven Club; Mrs. Andrew Ludolph, the Misses Perrin, Mrs J.C. Urquhart, Mrs. Mary S. Sage, Mrs. Florence Brockway, Mrs. William Alband, Miss Louise Griswold, Mrs. C. J. Browning, Mrs. E.W. Miller, Mrs. P. T. Luitweiler, Mrs. William Banker, Lawrence La Cava, Mrs. Elizabeth L. Brace and Mrs. R.L. Stoddard.
Mrs. Jackson will show Princess Claro, a smoke, and St. Cecilia; Mrs Brace, Gentian, a blue; Mrs Lutweiler, Peter Pan a silver Persian. All will exhibit Persian or long-haired cats excepting Mrs. Sage, who will show Peterkin, an imported Russian blue; Mrs Ludolph, who will exhibit an orange tabby kitten; Mrs Alband and Mrs Miller.
Members of the Lockehaven Club will work with the Buffalo Club for the success of the show, as if it were to be their own, and in a way it will be a partnership affair, but the name Lockehaven will not appear in announcements of the show, and the club will not give premiums, etc. The Buffalo club will return the favors next year, it is expected, when the Lockehaven club will hold an exhibition in Rochester. Mrs Brace, who is secretary for the latter club, is spending part of each week in Buffalo. She is to superintend the show.
Miss Jane R. Cathcart, or Oradell, N.J., enters twenty-one cats, all short-haired. In about one month Miss Cathcart will go to Paris to remain all winter, probably until June. Mrs Brace, who has recently been to visit her, will have charge of the exhibiting of all Miss Cathcart’s show cats in her absence. The twenty-one on the list for Buffalo are the cats that will probably be shown all the season, provided their health remains good. The expense of showing these pets will be not less than six or seven hundred dollars. Their entrance fees alone in the Buffalo exhibition amount to $21. Mrs Brace will go with them to all the cities where they are shown.
The Lockehaven Club is to conduct an apron sale to-day, to-morrow and Wednesday, at the home of Mrs. Walter R. Stone, No. 101 South Fitzhugh street. The proceeds will be used for paying off the club’s indebtedness. The club will hold its November meeting to-morrow afternoon at 2:30 o’clock, with Mrs Jackson, No. 143 Meigs street.
PREPARATIONS FOR BUFFALO SHOW – Democrat and Chronicle, 25th November, 1906
Mrs. Elizabeth L. Brace, secretary for the Lockehaven club, who is superintending preparations for the Buffalo show, has been in Buffalo recently. Mrs. Norton, of Canisteo, also a member of the Lockehaven club, will show sixteen pets, among them, Robina, an orange tabby, at present stopping with Miss Fannie Ellis, of Court street. Mrs. Alfred Jackson's three kittens, of which her queen, St. Cecelia, recently became the mother, have been named Silver Heels, Mercury and Lady Lou.
ROCHESTER CATS TO BE EXHIBITED – Democrat and Chronicle, 4th December, 1906
Famous cats and cats aspiring to become famous are to be taken to Buffalo this morning, to be exhibited in the show that will be opened there today, to continue through Thursday, by the Buffalo Cat Club. Although its name does not appear in the advertisements of the show, the Lockehaven Club does what it can to promote the success of the exhibition. It is expected that the Buffalo Club will do the same for the Lockehaven Club in Rochester next year.
Some of the local fanciers were not sure last night whether they would go this morning or wait until to-morrow, because of the weather, but it is probable that about twenty cats from Rochester will contend for honors. Among the persons likely to go are Mrs. Alfred Jackson, president of the Lockehaven Club; Mrs. Andrew Ludolph, vice-president; Mrs. Mary S. Sage, treasurer; Mrs. P. T. Luitwieler, Mrs. C. T. Browning, Mrs. F. C. Whitney, Mrs. E. W. Miller, Mrs. William Alband, Mrs. Charles Mann, Mrs. Brockway, Mìss Katherin Klein, the Misses Perrin and Miss Louise Griswold.
The secretary, Mrs. Elizabeth L. Brace, who is supervising the show, went yesterday afternoon. She enters her blue cat Gentian. Mrs. Jackson is to show St. Cecelia, Princess Claro, a smoke, and Lady Joy Fawe. Quix Imeprial will be shown by Mrs. Brockway, Floss by Mrs. Miller, Miss Griswold will take her brown tabby with white, Jack; the Misses Perrin, Prince Imperial, potentae and three others; Mrs, Luitwieler, Peter Pan, a shaded silver, and Mrs. Klein, Babe, a short- haired neuter weighing thirty-two pounds. Babe has never failed to win the prize for being the largest cat, wherever she has been exhibited.
Mrs. Sage will show Peterkin, an imported short-haired Russian blue. Mrs. Whitney enters Ginger, a short haired orange tabby that has won a number of prizes. Probably the most expensive cats from Rochester will be those shown by the Misses Perrin. C. H. Jones, editor of the Cat Journal, shows Peter Sterling.
BUFFALO CAT SHOW - various
Toms and Tabbies Are Now on Exhibition in That City
Buffalo, N. Y., Dec.. 4. Sleek, aristocratic Toms and Tabbies filled the exhibition hall today and looked their prettiest before the crowds that attended the opening of the Buffalo cat show. The exhibits number several hundred and include prize-winning specimens of nearly all known breeds. The entries come from Rochester, Pittsburg, Cleveland, Toronto and a number of other cities. The show will continue for three days.
BUFFALO CAT SHOW – The Parsons Daily, 4th December, 1906
Sleek aristocratic Toms and Tabbies filled the exhibition hall today and looked their prettiest before the crowds that attended the opening of the Buffalo cat show. The exhibits number several hundred and include prize-winning specimens of nearly all known breeds. The entries come from Rochester, Pittsburg, Cleveland, Toronto and a number of other cities. The show will continue for three days.
GREAT CHAMPION CAT SHOW AT BUFFALO – Albuquerque Citizen, 5th December, 1906
Buffalo today saw an influx of felines such as no part of the country ever witnessed before. But light sleepers need have no fear of alarm for the cats which have visited our city are not of the backyard variety. Their “songs” are of a refined nature entirely dissimilar to the discordant notes emitted by the familiar Tom and Tabby in their spoon time concerts. Our present visitors are mostly all champions and are being exhibited in the German American Hall under auspices of the American Cat Fanciers association. There are a number of Persians, short haired and hairless cats on exhibition, also some fine masked silver, chinchilla and smoke specimens. Besides the premiums numerous cups and special prizes will be awarded. There are over 700 exhibits.
CLEVELAND CAT SHOW – Arizona Republic, December 5th, 1901
Cleveland, Ohio., Dec. 4. — The cats easily carried off the honors a the poultry and pet stock show which opened today in the Grays armory. There are chickens, turkeys, ducks, pigeons and rabbits without number on exhibition, but the star feature of the whole show is the elaborate display of feline pets. Everything from the highly prized Maltese to the common yellow article is shown.
ELYRIA WON – The Chronicle Telegram, December 9th, 1901
Elyria carried off some prizes at the poultry and cat show at Cleveland last week. Albert Behrens, of Grace Court got first prize on four pair of game fowls for best display of bantams. Mrs. Behrens’ black Angora cat “Pickaninny” took the first prize of $4 and also a special prize of five gallons of disinfectant, given by Robt. West, of Cleveland, for the best neuter cat in Ohio. The cat received a complimentary notice in the Cleveland papers.
TABBY IS SHOWN OFF - Various, December 4, 1902
Cleveland, O., Dec. 4 — The mewing of cats mingled with the loud crowing of cocks and the soft cooing of doves, in the discordant sounds that greeted the ears of the many visitors thronging the Gray’s Armory today. The occasion was the opening of the big poultry and cat show for which preparations have been going forward for several months. The show is in all respects the largest and most notable affair of its kind ever held in this city. The entries number several thousand and embrace all varieties of domestic fowls, together with a choice assortment of high-class felines. The judging of exhibits commenced this morning and will continue until the show closes the last of the week
NOCTURNAL DISCUSSIONS – Hagerstown Exponent, 10th November, 1904
The Cleveland Cat Club is planning to hold a cat show in November. This is probably the subject of the backyard discussion you hear when you wake up in the night, remarks the Buffalo Express.
FELINE PETS IN CLEVELAND EXHIBITION – Detroit Free Press, 28th November, 1904
Such a lot of cats, so many more than were expected, have been entered for the cat show this week, that the managers have been obliged to change the suite of rooms in the Arcade from the second floor, where four had been engaged, to the sixth floor, where more space can be obtained. It will be by far the best show that has been held in this city and one of the best that have ever been held in the middle west.
One more cup has been added to the fourteen already noted, this one put up by the Joliet Cat club. There will be a strong competition for the handsome Owen cup, as Champion Angus, owned by Mrs. Frederick W. Story, of Chicago, twice winner of the cup, will be here, and Albert Edward, a beautiful blue cat, owned by Dr. N. S. Niven, of London, Ont., also a winner of the Owen cup, will be present to contest it. Mrs. Story also sends Hamish, an orange male cat imported from England, and only once before shown in this country. In England he won over the champion, the King’s Own, and among sixty-three competitors for eyes and type.
Besides her $2,000 cat, Miss Owen, of Detroit, will send Cupid, valued at $500. Mrs. L. A. Woodward sends Onyx of Gladdissenn, valued at $1,000, and Argent Puff Ball, worth $500. Mrs. Everett Davis, of Chicago, president of the National Cat club, and Mrs. A. H. Baker, treasurer of the same, each send several very fine, specimens. The cat show will open on the sixth floor of the Arcade, Euclid entrance, on Wednesday of this week, and will last three days.
CHAMPIONSHIP CAT SHOW – East Oregonian, 30th November, 1904; The Spokane Press, 30th November, 1904
The first annual championship cat show of the Cleveland Cat Club, opened auspiciously today. About 150 cats, including Manx, Siamese, Persian, Angora and the ordinary short-haired variety are on exhibition representing a value of nearly $25,000 in feline loveliness and beauty. A large number of exhibits come from Chicago, Pittsburg, Detroit, Washington and other cities. Judging began today and will continue until the close of the show next Saturday. Fourteen silver cups will be awarded to the winners.
TO MANAGE CLEVELAND CAT SHOW – Democrat and Chronicle, 10th January, 1906
Mrs. Elizabeth L. Brace is in Cleveland superintending preparations for a cat show to be held by the Cleveland Club later this season, of which she is to have charge. The club will put its net proceeds into a fund for a refuge for stray cats. Mrs. Brace is secretary of the Lockehaven Cat Club.
CATS TO BE TREATED ROYALLY – The Indianapolis Star, 29th January, 1906
A cat show that will be held at Cleveland, O., this week promises to be original und unique if nothing more. The blue ribbon felines are to be treated in a royal fashion. Not only does the management of the show offer rewards in the shape of money to the amount of several hundred dollars, but it even offers books for the cats themselves.
The Masters Thomas and Mistresses Tabitha who reign over a kingdom of church mice, office rats and like inhabitants of public buildings are to be rewarded with the nucleus of a cat library if they present themselves in proper sleekness and with well-trimmed claws. The former qualification admits them to the class of “best conditioned cats," entitling them to a copy of "Letters from Pussyville," or “Pussy Meow,” according to whether their pedigree shows them to be waif cats or church cats with orthodox training. The qualification of “well-trimmed claws” merely establishes them as qualified for recognition by the Cat Club as bread-eating rulers only, without cannibalistic tendencies, believing firmly in moral suasion only and utterly opposed to capital punishment.
COSTLY CATS DIE – The Pittsburgh Press, 12th May, 1906
As the result of a peculiar disease which has made its appearance among felines that were exhibited at the Cleveland, O., cat show held recently, several Pittsburg society women, ardent cat fanciers, have lost some of their valuable animals. Already nine cats have died and others are becoming infected. The losers so far are: Mrs. Richard Hardy, of Trevania avenue, Swissvale, lost five cats Persian cat and two of other breeds, valued at $475; Mrs. J.M. McNall, of Wood street, Wilkinsburg, lost one cat, valued at $150.
ENTRIES FOR THE CAT SHOW. The Fitchburg Sentinel (Mass), November 6th, 1896.
Characteristic it is with all shows of a nature similar to the coming affair in this city, that a great many entries are reserved until the last moment. At the recent show in Springfield 35 entries were refused, owing to their not having been filed in time. The entry list for the Fitchburg show will close promptly at 8 p. m., Saturday, Nov. 7, and no name can be inserted in the catalogue after that hour. Entries for the “Midway,” which includes small pets of all kind, must also be in the hands of the managers on or before the hour when cat entries close. The following list gives entries to date [I’ve used the complete list from 9th Nov, 1896]:
COMPLETE LIST OF ENTRIES The Fitchburg Sentinel, November 9th, 1896.
“Hannah," native, Mrs. E. H. Cook, city.
“Peter,” native, Mrs. Martha Stanton, city.
“Spot,” native, Cobb, Aldrich & Co., city.
“Tat,” native, Miss Helen Donavon, city.
“Puss,” native, Miss Alice Donavon, city.
“Tramp,” native, E. W. Read, city.
“Toddles,” Siamese, Mrs. Frank W. Abbott, city.
“Midget,” native. W. E. Oxford, city.
“Billie,” native, Miss S. V. Girard city.
"Frank,” native. Mrs. J. L. Coombs, city.
“Tiger," native, Mrs. Julia Marcotte, city.
“Topsy,” native, Miss Stella C. Kimball, city,
“Mennola," native, Miss Estelle Hayward, city.
“Terror,” Angora, Mrs. Charles Downe, city.
"Fluffy,” Angora, Mrs. J. W. Kelley, city.
“Fitchburg," native, George B. Woodward, city.
"Rollstone," native, George B. Woodward, city.
“Teddy," native, Mrs. W. F. Young, city.
“Zaccheus McKinley," Harry F. Allen, city.
“Joe," Raccoon [Maine Coon?], W. F. Kimball, city.
“Billy,” native, R.S. Litchfield, city.
“Nigger," native, R. S. Litchfield, city.
"Sir Peter,” Angora, Mrs. F. B. Kimball. Somerville.
“Little Miss,” Angora, Mrs. F. B Kimball. Somerville.
“Topsy," Angora, Mrs. Annie Kidder, city.
“Fluff,” Angora, Miss Maude Greene, city.
“Mignon,” pure while Persian, Miss Carrie Stemfeld, Albany, N.Y.
“Blossom,” native, Mabel Cleveland, Worcester.
“Baby June,” born with but two legs, owned by Miss Clara Freeman, Westfield.
“Jerry,” blue and white Angora, winner of prize in class New York show, Mrs. A. M. Joy, Cambridge.
"Flossie,” black and white Angora, Mrs. A. M. Joy, Cambridge.
“Joe Jenkins,” pure black Russian, 1st prize winner in class at Madison Square Garden, Mrs. A. M. Joy. Cambridge.
"Sweetheart,” native, Miss Estelle Holman Hunter, Boston.
“Bunker,” native cross, H. Clallin DeVoe, Salem.
“Yank,” red and white Angora, Geoffrey Allen Newton, M. D., Lynn.
“Sam,” Brown Tabby Angora, Geoffrey Allen Newton, M. D., Lynn.
"Grover,” native, 13 lbs., Mrs D. R Coleman, city.
“Lolo,” native kitten, Miss Annette Breckinbridge, city.
“Merry,” native, 12 lbs , Mrs. Howard R. Scott, Leominster.
“Menne” white native, Miss Hayward, city.
“Cazzo,” Maltese native, Mrs. S. R. Cole, city.
“Fuzzy,” Angora, Miss E. Sarah Melville, Clinton.
“Bones,” native, red tabby, Mrs. E. N. Bowman, Sterling.
“Essie,” Angora, Miss Marion Stearns Willis, Smith college, Northampton.
“Judas,” native, Miss Kathryne R. Klemmer, Springfield.
“Bob,” native, with a history, Engine No. 1, S. F. D. [Springfield Fire Dept]
“Hotishiaa Zoom,” Japanese, Adrian L. Potter, manager.
“Ora Lee,” native, Miss Whitney, city.
“Belzebub,” Angora, Mrs. E. S Wallace, Springfield.
“Mark Hanna,” native, Mrs. E. L. Clark, city.
“Oriole,” native, Miss Fannie Crocker, city.
“Ennie,” native, Mrs. L. E. Norcross, Worcester.
“Minyon,” pure French-Persian, bred by the Chartreusse monks, female, imported from Paris, valued at $1000. This cat is a blue, and is the finest specimen ever brought to this country, owned by Frederick Kurtz, Fairfield, Mass.
“Handsome Dan,” native, Mrs. Edwin R. Hartwell, Clinton.
“Nix,” native, born with but three legs, July, 1895, and is as lively as a cricket, owned by Leon Potter, Springfield.
“Tiger,” native, Mrs. Viola Willard, city.
“McKinley,” native, Miss Ruth M Hayes, city.
“Tom,” native, Lowell J. Foster, city.
“Dick,” native, Mrs. W. S. Bullock, City.
“John Dorris,” native, F. R. Nutting, city,
“Jerry,” native, D.I. Damon, city.
“Snow Ball,” pure white Persian, with a blue and green eye, Mrs. E. A, Turnbull, Boston.
“Titwillow,” Angora, Mrs. E. A.Turnbull, Boston.
“Mike” and “Casey,” natives, Henry A. Estabrook, city.
“Tiger,” native, Mrs. J. D. Williams, city.
“Goldie” and “Pansy,” Angora kittens, Lizzie Turnbull, Roxbury.
Several men have been at work all day getting the hall in readiness for the show. The cages are placed in position.
Miss Lillian White, pianist, will play at intervals during the day and evening. Doors will be open for reception of pets at 7 a. m., Tuesday, and ladies wishing to decorate cages may do so before 10 a. m., at which time public is admitted.
THE CAT SHOW OPENED, TODAY. The Fitchburg Sentinel, November 10, 1896
Fitchburg's first cat show opened in Wallace hall, today, and will continue Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. felines of all sizes, colors and ages are on exhibition. The pets, for most of them are as much thought of by their owners as a near relative, are comfortably and prettily caged and placed around the four sides of the hall. The cages of the local entries are nearly all decorated with bunting and ribbon, giving a pretty effect to the hall. But it is neither the cages nor the decorations that attract attention but the cats themselves. Minyon, the $1000 French cat, was the beauty of the show. He was bred in France by the Chartreusse monks and looks every inch a patrician. His fur is long, thick and silky, and in color between blue and white.
No. 61 will surely get a prize, for it is as pretty as any feline in the show. He is a pure white Angora, quite large and has beautiful hair and eyes. Miss Maud Greene, daughter of Col. H. G. Greene, is the happy owner of this fellow and the pretty decorations on the cage show how much she thinks of it. Many local cats, notable for their size or beauty are well worth going far to see while felines from out of town with wide reputations make the show very complete.
The hall will be open afternoons and evenings. Many have visited the hall today, and gone away delighted, but the general public will begin to visit the exhibition this evening and tomorrow, when everything will be in order.
THE CAT SHOW. The Fitchburg Sentinel, November 12, 1896.
This is the last evening of the cat show for the felines will be invisible after 19 o’clock tonight. The attendance was very large Wednesday afternoon and evening, and from all indications will be still larger, this evening. The prizes will be awarded, tonight, and at 6 o’clock the voting contests will also be closed. Mrs. F W Abbott’s “Toddles” is second in the beauty contest and at the same time is first in the contest for the homeliest cat. This little cat is considered by the judges one of the prettiest of the entire exhibit.
Miss Greene’s “Fluff” still leads for beauty, while No 21 is just at present the most popular cat, with 21 votes. Admirers of the feline tribe should not fail to attend either this afternoon or evening for the exhibit is all, and even more than it claimed to be
ADRIAN L. POTTER, WHO RAN A CAT SHOW in Wallace hall in 1896, has since held similar shows in Springfield, Northampton, Holyoke, New Haven and many other cities, and now announces a cat, pet dog and fancy pet stock show In Washburn hall, Worcester, March 20-22: The entry list is open to all kinds of domestic small pets. - Fitchburg Sentinel, March 13th, 1903
THE WOMEN OF KANSAS CITY ARE GOING TO HAVE A CAT SHOW – The Salina Daily Union, December 22nd, 1902
The women of Kansas City are going to have a cat show. The cat promotors say the feline can be educated. I hope so, but very few cats need educating. [...The rest of the article isnt about the cat show itself.
MALDEN’S DOG [AND CAT] SHOW WEDNESDAY – Boston Post, November 5th, 1901
Malden’s [Mass.] dog and cat show, the first one of the kind ever held in Malden, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6, in Peirce building, 102 Pleasant street. The prime movers in getting up the show are Mrs. G.L. Weaver and the Misses Weaver. Dr. Samuel green, the noted dog fancier, who has handled many imported bull dogs, will be superintendent of the show. Up to this morning nearly 100 animals had been entered [. . .] The show will open at 10 o’clock in the morning and close at 10 at night. Ribbon prizes will be given. The judging will begin at 2 o’clock in the afternoon and be finished at 6 in the evening. Miss Pease and Miss Gray will judge winners among the cats.
MALDEN DOG AND CAT SHOW – Boston Post, November 7th, 1901
The dog and cat show under the auspices of the ladies connected with the fair in aid of the Malden Hospital was given in a large vacant store at 701 Pleasant street yesterday, and was a great success. The show began at 10 o’clock in the morning, and until midnight the place was filled with spectators, who inspected the canines and felines on exhibition. Dogs of all kinds were here and many species of cats were there, and the entry list was filled. During the day 85 dogs and 19 cats were refused admission on account of the scarcity of room.
Among the recent exhibits at the New Haven Cat Show was a cat which belonged to the office of the New Haven Union. It had been dropped from the Brooklyn Bridge with a view to drowning it, but a New Haven steamer was passing over the spot, and the kitten struck unharmed on its deck. The Captain appropriated it, and on reaching New Haven gave it to the editor of the Union, in whose office it acts as assistant to the waste basket. - Hartford Times, March 1885
The swinging silver teakettle with which PT Barnum burned himself a day or two ago was won by him as a prize for a cat exhibited in a New Haven cat show. – various, March, 21st, 1885
PT Barnum’s pet cat Traveler took the premium in a cat show at New Haven. The prize was a silver teakettle, and the old showman concluded to celebrate the event by brewing a cup of tea himself. He succeeded in scalding his hand and burning the table cloth. – The Inter Ocean, March 21, 1885
Some remarkable cats are entered for the cat show in New Haven. There are a full dozen or more of five and six-toed cats. Striped Beauty, a tiger cat, weighs fourteen pounds. Dick, a maltese, follows like a dog. A jet-black cat with eight toes on each forepaw weighs twenty-three pounds. Jack, owned by the men of steamer C, of the New Haven fire department, has one yellow and one blue eye. – various, March 1886.
Mr Bunnell’s Prizes. He is notified not to give away boycotted goods. Manager George B Bunnell, of the dime museum of this city [New Haven, Conn] received notice as follows: Sir, the prizes you have on exhibition, to be given away at the cat show, are the Derby Silver company’s goods and there is a national boycott on the same. You are requested by the executive board of the Knights of Labor of New Haven to return them to the manufacturers. Under no circumstances must they be given away or sold. Respectfully, Walking Delegate. The goods referred to were exhibited in the store windows of prominent business houses. These parties also received like notification and immediately complied with the demand to remove the articles. Mr Bunnell has acceded to the demand. – Various March 13, 1886
Boycotted Silverware. New York March 16. Boycotts take a funny turn now and then […] at a big cat show at Bunnell’s Museum, yesterday afternoon, Manager Bunnell was to have awarded $400 worth of silverware made by the Derby Silver company as prizes, but before noon he was notified by a committee of the Knights of Labor that the goods of the Derby Silver company are under a national boycott, and Bunnell was told that he must send them back to the manufacturers or be boycotted. – various, March 17, 1886
New Haven’s cat show was boycotted last week because its prizes were made by a firm under the labor ban. – The York Daily, March 20, 1886
CATS FOR THE WINDOW – The Oregon Daily Journal, 4th April, 1903
Here is a chance for a cat show. The Racycle agency at 343-and-a-half Washington street has declared that they are in the field to secure for their window a mother cat and lots of kittens. The playful young felines will be placed in the window and mother Tabby will look after their various comforts. The small boy and the cat fancier has a chance to loan for a few days to the company the happy family.
CACKLING SHOW NOW AT HEIGHT – Oregon Daily Journal, 9th February, 1904
The chicken show is on and the cacklers are holding noisy sway in their carefully prepared cages at First and Main streets. The doors of the exhibition were thrown open this morning at 9 o'clock and visitors at once made their appearance. [. . .] The cat show will open Saturday morning and close Monday evening at 10 o’clock. A large number of prize cats have been entered and it is expected that, the joint exhibition will be the largest and most successful ever held by the Oregon State Poultry association.
POULTRY EXHIBIT TO CLOSE TODAY – The Oregon Daily Journal, 15th February, 1904
The Oregon State Poultry association will hold its annual meeting and election of officers this evening at 8 o'clock at the Metropolis hotel, corner First and Main streets. The poultry exhibit and cat show will be open today until 10 p.m., and all those who have not visited the show should take advantage of the extension in time and pay a visit to the exhibits which are well worth witnessing. The winners of prizes in the cat exhibit are as follows:
First prize Angora cat, Mrs. G. A. Brown, Oregon City; second prise Angora cat, Mrs. J. A. Walker, Mount Tabor; black Angora cat second prize, Mrs. J. A., Walker; third prize, C. L. Wingard, Walla Walla; first prize Angora kitten, Mrs. J. A. Walker, Mount Tabor; yellow Angora kittens, second and third prizes, C. L. Wingard, Walla Walla.
White Persian cats first prizes for male and female cats, Mrs. Belle H. Fletcher, Tacoma, also first prize for male kitten, and blue-eyed Persian kitten; tabby cat first prize, C. L. Wingard, Walla Walla, White Angora cat, Mrs. W. G. Stowell.
FIRST INTERNATIONAL CAT SHOW – Pittsburgh Weekly Gazette, 21st February, 1904
In this same live stock department the writer discovered that the very newest departure is to be an international cat show – the first ever held. The announcement of the classification and prizes is still in the printers’ hands, but will be mailed next week. Here at least is one species of live stock that belong to woman, and her attention to the skilful breeding of cats, their pedigrees and prizes is a fad and something more than a fad. Forty breeds of cats are specified in the classification to be sent out, and the felines brought to the fair will find spick and span white enamelled cages prepared especially for their comfort. Hundreds of the most fashionable women in America and Great Britain are interested in this event and the following cat specialty clubs will undoubtedly participate: American Cat show, Atlantic Cat Club, Beresford Cat Club of America, Cat Club of England, National Cat Club, Royal Canadian Cat Club, Washington Cat Club, Pacifica Cat Club and the Lockehaven Cat Club.
CATS FROM FAR AND NEAR HERE TO WIN PRIZES. The Pittsburgh Press, 30th November, 1909
Cats, cats, cats, and then more cats; big blue-eyed white-furred pussies; felines with astounding pedigrees; cats from home and cats from abroad; cats white and cats black — all kinds of cats except the backyard variety, opened the first Pittsburg cat show at Old City Hall. Market street, this morning.
Cats whose insurance totals small fortunes are competing with cats who have never been publicly exhibited before. And still they are coming. Royal Siamese, Abyssinian, Manx, Russian, Persian, Tortoise-shells, Chinchillas and freak cats, they are all there. Some are too aristocratic to participate in midnight musicals, others are of the harmony-disrupting and discord-loving variety. Cats from far and cats from near are arching their backs in pride as they eat specially prepared cat dinners from special trays in the hands of special waiters.
Among the first of the exhibitors to arrive was Mrs. E. L. Brace, with Miss Jane Cathcart'a famous Royal Siamese cats. They were brought from Oradell, N.J. Other exhibitors are: Mrs. H.G. Dykhouse of Grand Rapids. Mich., 15 exhibits; Mrs. E.D. Doesch, Elizabeth, N.J., editor of the Cat Review, exhibit of Silver Persians; Mrs. A. Melville Small, Chicago, 15 exhibits, owned by Chicago fanciers; Mrs. M. A. Warren, St. Louis, Chinchillas and Orange Persians; Mrs. W. J. Furness, the celebrated cat portrait painter of New York, Chinchillas; Miss Gwendoline Fletcher, Glassport, N.Y., showing “Tottingham,” famous prize winner; Mrs. W. L. Bixby, St. Louis, Persians; Mrs. G. H. Lynas, exhibiting Rob Roy the most valuable cat in the show, a Chinchilla from England.
Among local exhibitions is “Tom,” a freak cat owned by a Braddock woman.
CAT SHOW WILL BE HELD IN JANUARY – The Pittsburgh Press, 22nd February, 1910
Exhibitors from City and Other Places Will Strive for Prizes Offered
A thousand cats are to be placed on exhibition by the Pittsburg Cat club at the club’s forthcoming show at Old City hall, January 24, 25 and 26. The Pittsburg tabby will be in evidence and Pittsburg cat owners are being invited to place their pets on exhibition regardless of what their pedigree may be. It is not necessary that the Pittsburg cat have a pedigree to show itself off. Cat fanciers say it has often happened that the domestic or short haired cat whose owner did not think it had any value when shown took many prizes, beating some of j the pedigreed oats.
The Manx, Abyssinian, Russian and Siamese breeds as well as the Shaded Silvers, Blue and White-eyed White cats will be seen in great numbers. There are hundreds of Persian, Angora and domestic short haired cats In Plttsburg, and R. W. Kenney, secretary of the Pittsburg Cat club, whose headquarters are at No. 516 South Highland avenue, wants the owners to communicate with him regarding the exhibition of their pets.
The local cat club gave its first exhibition last year and at this year's show the club will have cats from Kansas City, New York, Chicago, Syracuse, points in Virginia and the New England states on exhibition. As the Pittsburg show follows the New York exhibition many of the best cats exhibited there will be brought to Pittsburg. The coming show in point of numbers will be twice as large as last year and a big prise list will be offered, so that the best breeds, both local and those from elsewhere will share in the honors.
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THE ARISTOCRATIC CATS OF THE NATION (- Pittsburgh Post Gazette, January 8, 1911) are to have a three days’ exhibition in Old City Hall, January 24 to 26, under the auspices of the Pittsburgh Cat Club. It will be the second show of the kind given in Pittsburgh. The indications are that twice as many cats and kittens will be exhibited this year as last. Many Pittsburgh women already have listed their pets. There will be several hundred local exhibitors. The interest manifested in the event on the part of Pittsburghers is surprising the officers of the club.
A prize already has been awarded. Miss Carrol Macy of New York is the recipient. She receives a handsome gold medal for having sent the first entry. The club always awards a prize to the first exhibitor. Silver King, a tabby owned by a prominent St. Louis, Mo., woman which took first prize last year, will be exhibited. This cat is worth $1,000.
Mrs. J. C. Mitchelson. Tariffville, Conn., will have two breeds on exhibition, known as Australian cats, from Australia, and the only specimens of their kind in America. Some splendid felines will be exhibited by owners living in New York, Boston. Mass., Chicago, Ill., and other large cities. It will require 600 cages for the show. Prominent among the breeds to be exhibited are the Manx, Royal Siamese. Tortoiseshell. Brown Tabby Persians, Black Persians, Silver Tabby Persians, Smoke Persians, Orange Persians, and short haired cat3 of many varieties.
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PLEBEIAN BUT PUGNACIOUS CAT NEARLY ENDS SHOW OF FELINES. Almost Trims Up Dozen Aristocrats Before , His Master Appears - Harrisburg Telegraph, January 27 1911
Special to The Telegraph. Pittsburg. The annual cat show of the Pittsburg Cat Club closed. It came very near closing when Diamond, a large cat of the streets, known to every habitue of the Diamond market, surreptitiously gained entrance to Old City Hall, above the market, where the entire cat show of several hundred felines was in repose. Diamond is owned by John Crowley, a night watchman, and for some years had traveled with the watchman on his rounds, whipping dogs, and in his time Diamond is known to have killed about fifteen other cats. Within three seconds after Diamond had slipped into that cat show there was an awful fuss. Diamond never did like a good-looking cat, a clean cat nor a strange cat of any kind, and he proceeded to do his best to whip the entire show. Diamond was outnumbered about 600 to one, but, luckily for all, there were only about a dozen that he could engage at once. People for blocks thought there was a fire or a riot. Half a dozen watch- men tried to stop the fights between Diamond and the society cats, but were helpless. Diamond had sent many cats limping away, and was apparently only getting warmed up, when Crowley, his master, came rushing into the hall and called him. That was enough. Diamond with one bound was on top of his master's shoulder and was borne to safety, while a few hundred badly mussed society cats blinked and spat at each other until morning.
MORE LOCAL CATS SHOWN. Pittsburgh Post Gazette, December 29, 1912. Coming Exhibition Will Have Pittsburgh Animals as Competitors. Many surprises will be sprung during the third big annual exhibit to be staged by the Pittsburgh Cat Club January 13, 14 and 15 In Exposition Hall in conjunction with the poultry show to be staged there the week of January 13 by the Poultry Exhibition Association of this city. In the two previous exhibits tabbies which were never before looked upon as anything but ordinary cats pulled down some of the handsomest prizes and took their places among the famous felines of the city. In each succeeding show more local cats are being exhibited, and a larger number of prizes, consisting of medals and cash, are now owned by local fanciers. No cat is barred from exhibit in next month’s show, and among the exhibits of fine Persians, Siamese, and Australian cats will be found the common house variety. The pet cat or kitten stands just as much of a chance to win one or more of the handsome prizes to be awarded as any of the more blue-blooded specimens.
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POULTRY SHOW OPENS TOMORROW – The Pittsburgh Press, 14th January, 1917
One of the largest poultry, pet stock, waterfowl and cat shows ever held in Pittsburg will be open all of this week in the Exposition building, Duquesne way. [. . .] On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be displayed the many beautiful Persian, Chinchilla, Manx and other rare cats. Entered in the cat classes are many of the most famous of their kind. These blooded aristocrats that travel to and from shows in silk lined pullman boxes are sharing honors this week with the many common, ordinary family cats that were lucky enough to have arrived at the show without having been chased half way to the hall by a pack of dogs. Even the show management never realized until last season the great interest taken in cats. The crowds visiting the show were about evenly divided between the cats and the poultry.
The majority of the people visiting the cat section are of the fair sex. Many prominent Pittsburgers have purchased admission tickets in good sized lots, and will entertain their friends by taking advantage of the novel opportunity to entertain their friends by a visit to the wonderful exhibition of furry beauties in Pittsburg this week. The feed offered the cats must be of the very best quality. The morning repast consists of lean ground sirloin steak from which even the tiniest particle of fat has been removed. The noon lunch is of cream especially ordered from one of the wholesale milk dealers, while grocery stores have been called upon to deliver the choicest of canned salmon for the evening meal. “Wonder Boy,” “Creamery King,” “Major Domo,” and other pedigreed pussies will gaze in awe at the champion of champions. “Silver Dyke,” the most famous Silver Persian cat in the world. His value has been estimated by competent authorities in both this country and England to be anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000. His owner, Mrs. D. J. Owens, of this city, is quite sure that the higher figure does not nearly represent his true value. His majesty will sleep on the downiest of eider cushions under a canopy of richest royal purple.
AWARD PRIZES IN CHICKEN AND CAT SHOW HERE. The Pittsburgh Press, 19th January, 1917
Class ribbons and cups ware awarded yesterday to birds and cats entered in the sixth annual show of the Poultry Exhibition of Pittsburg when the judges completed the task, of examining the thousands of birds and animals at the Pittsburg Exposition. There were entries from 40 states, many prizes went to distant states. The show will close tomorrow night.
[. . .] The classes and awards were made as follows:
CATS GIVEN PRIZES. The Pittsburgh Press, 19th January, 1917
Mrs Eliza L. Brace of Churchville, N.Y., editor of the Cat Courier, was judge in the cat show. She made the following awards:
Long Haired Cats
Blue-eyed white male (novice) - First, Sir Richard, Mrs. W. B. Bishop, Toledo; second, Crown Prince of Pearls, Mrs. O. T. Young, Hopedale. O.
Blue-eyed white male (open) - First and winner, Lovett, Mrs. H. McKelvey,Butler.
Blue-eyed white female kitten — First, Kilti Ki, Miss L. Gerber, Butler.
Blue-eyed white female (novice) — First, Mrs Harchy, Mrs. Young; second, Witch of Mischief, Mrs. D. J. Owens, Pittsburg; third, Princess L, Mrs. McKelvey. j
Blue-eyed white female (open) - First and winner, Tango of McKeesport, Mrs. Natton Neal, Sewickley. J
Golden-eyed white male (open) - First and winner, Bob White. Mrs. C. T. Haines, Vinemont, Pa.; second, Sir Pithale, Mrs Bishop; tied for third, Lucky Mascot, Miss H. Geis, Pittsburg, and Cotton, Mrs. P.A. Wolfert, Pittsburg.
Golden-eyed white male (novice) – First, Bobewhite, Mrs. R J. Taylor, McKeesport.
Golden-eyed white female (novice) – First and winner, Snow Bird, Miss Gerber.
Black male (novice) — no first; second, Bobewhite, Miss M. Ehrenfeld, Pittsburg; third, Ophello, mrs. M. Luerhed, McKeesport.
Black Male (open) — First and winner; Diamond, Mrs. H. McCoun, Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Black Female Kitten — First Econd; second Edis. Both owned by Mrs. Charles Davis of Pittsburg.
Black female (novice) - First and winner, Dinah Doe, Miss Geis; second, Topsy, Mrs. Davis.
Blue male (open) – First and wlnner, Hampton Shining Light, Miss Ella Celty, East Cleveland, O.
Blue female kitten — First, Hampton Roseleaf of R, Miss Celty.
Blue female (novice) – First, Fluffy, Mrs Guy bennett, Pittsburg; tied for second, Baby Toppy Bray, Mrs Richard Knox, Pittsburg, and Minnie, Miss Eva Daly, Pittsburg.
Blue female (open) – no first; second Fluffy, Mrs Bennett.
Cream or Fawn Male kitten – First Buckeye Kinto, Mrs. G.F. Street, Voungstown.
Chinchilla male – First and winner, Silver Dyke, Mrs. Owens; second, Wonder Boy, Mrs. Owens; third, Hafiz Peter Pan, Mrs Hazel Downey, Toledo.
Chinchilla female kitten – First, Pom Pom, Mrs Neal.
Shaded silver male kitten – First, Major of Normandy, Mrs. Harry Shaw, Warren, Pa.; second, Fritz of Normandy, Mrs. C.S. Gleason, Pittsburg.
Shaded Silver male (novice) – First, Silver Jap, A. Stucky, Mt. Oliver
Shaded Silver female (novice) – First and winner, Lady Kelly, Mrs. Downey; second, Phoebe Lynette, Mr. Stucky; tied for third, Fluff of Normandie, Mrs W. Ubinger, Knoxville, and Beatrice, Miss B Gillen, Roscoe, Pa.
Shaded Silver female (open) – first, Phoebe Lynette, Mr. Stucky; tied for third, Musetta, Mrs. Owens.
Silver tabby male (novice) – first, Buster, Mrs. Black, Pittsburg.
Smoke male (novice) – Captain Cupid, Mrs. A.M. Mackay, mcKees Rocks.
Smoke male (open) – first and winner, Giblin Pertonax, Mrs. Owens; second Le Beau, Mrs. Bishop.
Smoke female kitten — First, Smoky Girl, Mrs. Owens.
Smoke female (novice)- First and winner, Nita of Normandie, Mrs. Owens; second, Lady Simplicity, Mrs. Owens; third, Betty, Miss Geis.
Smoke female (open) – First and winner, Lady Pitt, Mrs. F. Schmaus, Pittsburg, first, Megan Pertinax, Mrs. Owens; second, Lady Cloud, Mrs Bishop; third, Gypsy of the Fox Valley, Mrs Lemley, Pittsburg.
Red male (novice) – First and winner, Burgundy Boy, Mrs Bishop; C.W. Busy Izzy, Mrs J.R.Taylor, mckeesport; W.C. Bitty, Mrs Leo Logan, Niles, O.
Red male (open) – no first; second, Buster Brown, Miss Mary Guthrie, Pittsburg.
Red female (novice) - First and winner, Lady Melba Torrington; second, Lady Tiddie De Winks; both entered by Mrs. J.W. White of Pittsburg.
Red Tabby Male Kitten – First, Buckeye Fritz, Mrs. Street.
Red Tabby Male (novice) – Buckeye Laddie, Mrs Street.
Red Tabby Male (open) – First and winner, May Sarer of Fox Valley, Miss Blanch Watson, Aurora, Ill.
Red Tabby Female Kitten – First, Buckeye Sue, Mrs. G.A. Goldthorpe, Warren, Pa.
Red Tabby Female (novice) – First, Buckeye Princess Majestic, Mrs. Street; second, June Girl, Mrs. G.B. Fuller, West View; third, Indian Maid of Tepee Fame, Mrs. D.W. Brown, Columbus.
Red Tabby Female (open) – First and winner, Buckeye Red Flame, Mrs. Street; second, Indian Maid of Tepee Fame, Mrs. Brown.
Brown Tabby Female (novice) – First, Wiggs, Miss C. Elston, Pittsburg.
Any Other Colour with White, male or Female – first, Panky Pooh, Miss Gillen; second, Wilhelmina, Mrs. Dan Einstein, Pittsburg.
Odd-eyed White Male or Female (open) – first, Pedro, Mrs. Lemley.
Green-eyed White Male or Female (open) – first, Prince Jamie Second, Mrs. L.K. Kranse, Pittsburg; tied for second, Du Betty, Mrs Mattox, Pittsburg and Veronica, Miss Geis; tied for third, Fashion, Mrs. McCabe and Tippy, miss Helen Hibborn, Wilkinsburg.
Mother cat and Kittens – first, Lady Norma and kittens, Mrs. Owens; second, Queenie and kittens, Mrs. Schmaus.
White Neuter – Tied for first, Boolu of Camden, Mrs. Harry Shaw, Warren, Pa., and Licky, Mrs. S.H. Fuller, Pittsburg.
Red or Red Tabby Neuter – first, Buckeye Pat, C.T. Street.
Cream Neuter – first, Bobby Mac, Mrs. Mackay.
Any Other Colour Neuter – first, Stanhope Prince, Mrs. Fuller; second, Tommy Boy, C. Ward, Pittsburg.
Any Other Colour with White Neuter – first, Babe, Miss M. Shoemaker, Pittsburg; second, Normandie, Mrs. Joe Vogel, Pittsburg.
Silver Champion class (male, solid colour) – First, Silver Dyke, Mrs Owens.
Short Haired Cats
Blue-eyed White Male (open) – first, Snow, G.P. Sanders, Pittsburg; second, Bill, Miss Margaret McWilliams, Carrick.
Black Female (open) – no first; second, Blackie, Mrs. H. Etling, Pittsburg.
Blue Male (open) – first and winner, Oddies, Mrs. A. Harsch, Bridgville.
Blue Female (novice) – no first; second, Doody, Mrs. Harsch.
Tortoiseshell Female (open) – first, Lassey, Mrs. Harsch.
Manx Male (open) – first and winner, Bobbie Doyle, Miss L.C. Doyle, Pittsburg.
Manx Female (open) - first and winner, Kitty, Robert Shallenberger, Pittsburg; second, Lady Doyle, Miss Doyle.
Any Other Colour Neuter – first, Major General Scratchie, Mrs. Mackey.
Any Other Colour Male or Female (open) – first, Brownie, Mr. Sanders; second, Mina, Mrs. A. Keister, Wilkinsburg.
Short Haired Tabby – first, George brown, Mrs. A. Chartney, Pittsburg.
Grey Tabby Female (open) – first, Susie, Mrs. Etling.
PITTSFIELD & NORTH ADAMS, MASS.
FIRST ANNUAL CAT SHOW – The North Adams (Mass) Transcript, February 25th, 1896. It Will Be Held at Odd Fellows’ Hall in March. In our advertising columns will be found the announcement that the “first annual cat show” to be held in this city will occur at Odd Fellows' hall March 11, 12 and 13. It will be conducted by A. L. Potter, who has managed similar events very successfully in Springfield, Holyoke and Northampton, and who has one booked for Pittsfield.
It is not strange that while cat shows are in order in this part of the state North Adams should be selected as one of the places for exhibition. There are, doubtless, as handsome cats to be found here as elsewhere, at any rate it would be different [sic] to make their owners believe otherwise, and the novelty of such an event here will be apt to create an unusual interest.
As will be seen by the date of the show, there is no time to be lost by those who expect to exhibit their favorite felines. The preparation of the animals to be exhibited should begin at once. The ribbons may be put on and the cages adorned at the last moment, but in the short time allotted for the necessary “physical training” the desired results can only be expected through liberal feeding, tender care and proper hours. In this matter no attention whatever should be paid to the notions of the cat. Upon their superiors depends altogether the success or failure of the undertaking, and with proper preparation every exhibitor may confidently expect that the first prize will be awarded to “Our Tom.”
The prices will be placed on exhibition in Bartlett’s drug store window at an early date.
THE CAT SHOW IN PITTSFIELD is a success. The Springfield Union correspondent says the hall is crowded day and evening, and adds: “Several valuable cats from out of town are shown. ‘Skip,’ owned by F. C. Witt of Greenfield, is valued at $100. Three-legged Miss Nix and 'Mountain Maid,’ part cat, part skunk, are interesting objects of attention.” – The North Adams Transcript, February 28, 1896
TOWN TALK. CAT SHOW NOTES. Adrian L. Potter, manager of the coming cat show, has returned from New York where he attended the opening of the Madison Square Cat show which had as leading patroness and patron Mrs. John Jacob Astor and J. Pierpont Morgan. Entries for the local show are being made to W. L. Roll, secretary and judge, who has desk room at F. N. Ray’s shoe store. The cages and care are provided by the management each person privileged to cast a free vote for the handsomest and the homeliest cats; prizes are offered for best decorated cages, and Miss Alice U. Clancy, the talented young pianist of Springfield, has been engaged for the occasion. Society has taken hold of the fad in an enthusiastic manner in neighboring cities, the show in Springfield being attended by over six thousand people. Mr. Potter intends making these Shows an annual feature of social entertainment in the circuit of the cities where the show has been given. Worcester follows North Adams and already there are numerous entries from that city. For years the men have had poultry, dog and horse shows, but now the ladies have a chance to exhibit pets and explain their points to admiring friends. Other small pets taken and exhibited in the “Midway.” Entries close March 9. Early entries secure best cage location. – The North Adams (Mass) Transcript, March 6, 1896.
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A NOVEL EXHIBIT. North Adams (Mass) Transcript, March 7th, 1896.
A Cat Show Soon To Be Held In This City. Surprising Facts And Figures About Cat Shows In General. A Fad Endorsed By The Elite. High Priced Felines. Different Classes Of Cats. Full Details.
Considerable interest is being taken in the cat show to be held in Odd Fellows’ hall next week Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, under the management of Adrian L Potter. Since the first national cat show held in the spring of 1895 at Madison Square garden, New York, feline exhibitions have come to be a fad enthusiastically embraced by society people. Mr. Potter was the first person to conduct a show of the kind outside New York City, and opened in Springfield, where he resides. The affair was attended by the elite of the city and vicinity, and since then Manager Potter has successfully conducted similar exhibitions at Northampton, Holyoke and Pittsfield, and he goes from this city to Mechanics hall, Worcester, for the first week in April.
Many are inclined to smile at the idea of a “cat show,” but when the pussies are domiciled in prettily decorated cages and are bedecked with ribbons of bright hue, those who have been regular attendants at dog and poultry shows at once acknowledge a cat show to be less noisy, more pleasing to the eye, and, in fact, more interesting in every way than the shows of feathers and barks. The cages are two feet square, with inch mesh wire top and front, sides of half-inch pine, with back the same, having two doors. Cushions may be placed in the cages by owners, and sand pans and food dishes are provided by the management. Men are employed under the direction of F. G. Cooley, superintendent of halls, to attend the felines and feed them as per owner’s direction.
Cats are divided into many classes, chief of which are: Tortoise shell, (red, yellow and black, very rare); brown, silver, blue, grey, red, yellow and chinchilla tabbies; solid whites, blacks, rods, blues (Maltese) and browns. There are longhaired, short-haired and Siamese, which have a short, plush-like fur. One of these rare animals will be exhibited here by F. C. Witt of Greenfield. The cats are judged by points, and a common-bred animal may score high up in points. Angora kittens command a good price and the demand exceeds the supply, according to raisers of fancy cat stock.
Pure white Angoras sometimes have blue eyes. One such is owned by D. W. Stevens of Westfield, who values his pet at $1000. The cat show closing today in Madison Square, New York (second annual) had cats on exhibition valued at $2,500, Mrs. John Jacob Astor and J. Pierpont Morgan were patroness and patron of the affair, which guaranteed its success socially and financially.
Each person attending the show is privileged to exercise the right of suffrage by casting a free vote for the handsomest and homeliest cats, and the ones receiving the most votes are awarded silver cups. A prize, a Malachite fruit dish, is awarded the most popular cat, this being also decided by vote. The result of the voting is frequently at intervals placed on the blackboards.
Miss Alice V. Clancy, the talented, young and petite pianist of Springfield, will entertain patrons of the show with classical and popular selections. W. L. Rollo, a former raiser of fancy felines, is to be the judge and will award the prizes as soon after the opening of the show as possible. The prizes are on exhibition in the window of Bartlett’s drug store. Manager Potter is receiving entries at F. N. Ray’s shoe store. Entries will close Monday evening. Early entries will secure best cage location, but entries are generally held back until the last day and then come with a rush. Among those who have signified their intention of entering pets are Mrs. F. G. Dayton, Mrs. William Orr, Mrs. Lenox, Mrs. F. E. White, Mrs. Winters, F. C. Witt, H. W. Clark and others.
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THE CAT SHOW. The North Adams Transcript, March 9th, 1896.
Entries for the Exhibit to be Held In this City.
Interest in the cat show to be held at Odd Fellows’ hall March 11, 12 and 13 increases as the time for the exhibit draws near, and that there will be a good variety of cats on exhibition will be seen from the list of entries already received. The Entries:
Peter, solid maltese, native, male, 6 mos., Albert Kelly.
Napoleon, brown tabby, native, female, 5 yrs., Miss Mary McCusker.
Daisy, gray tabby, native, female 3 years, Miss Mary McCusker.
Dido, solid blue, angora, male, 4 years, £. R. Bennett, Florida.
Hazel, Silver tabby, angora, female, 3 yrs., E, R. Bennett.
Bluebell, gray and white, native, male, 2 yrs., Margaret Cavanaugh.
Ben, gray and white tabby, native, gelded male, 4 yrs., H. W. Clark & Co.
Venezuela, gray striped, native, 1 yr. 6 mos., W. H. Sperry & Co.
Jum, maltese tiger, native, male, 10 mos, George H Livermore.
Toodles, solid blue, native, gelded, 3 yrs, 1 mo., Mrs. W. F. Orr.
Fluff, buff angora, gelded, 3 yrs, Mrs. C B. Lenox.
Tiger, brown tabby, male native, 2 yrs. Mrs S. L. Gardner, Holyoke.
Adonis and Venus, twin angoras, entered for exhibition only, F. H. Lewis, Springfield.
Maybelle, while, native, female, 2 yrs., Mrs. John Woodhull, Pittsfield.
Armenias, blue and brown, native, 2 yrs., Miss Annette Tyler, Northampton.
Bunyan, black, native, male, 4 mos., Miss Ethel Wilcox.
Dan, blue angora, male, 1 yr. 10 mos.; Susie, blue angora, female, 1 yr. 10 mos.; Queen Anne, dark blue angora, female, 6 mos.; Prince Royal, maltese and white angora, male, 6 mos.; Fannie, tiger marked angora, female, 2 yrs.; Espagnola, black and white, Spanish, female, 3 yrs., imported 1893 fall, Mrs. F. E. White.
Tom, silver tabby, native, gelded, 1 yr, 6 mos., C. C Fisher & Co.
Jack, brown tabby, native, gelded, 4 yrs., Mrs. C. S. Brooker.
Peter, brown tabby, manx, gelded, 1 yr. 6 mos., W. W. Allen.
Topsy, gray tabby, native, male, 5 mos., W. W. Allen.
Beauty, solid blue, native, male, 2 yrs,, W. W. Allen.
Mountain Maid, part skunk, part cat, black and white, long haired, female; Miss Nix, born with but three legs, blue and white, native; Fusion, a yellow and white waif, owned by manager.
Skip, a royal cat of Siam (sometimes called Japanese); zebra marked and colored, 9 mos., male, F. C. Witt, Greenfield.
Minyon, imported, blue, Persian, female, 4 yrs., Fred Kurtz, Fairfield.
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THE CAT SHOW. The cat show opened at Odd Fellows’ hall at 10 o’clock this morning with seventy-five entries. Cats of all sizes, colors, and of fourteen different classifications, all caged in rows at either side of the long hall. The cages are decorated according to the taste of the exhibitors and the general effect is very pretty. The show will be continued tomorrow and Friday. – The North Adams Transcript, March 11, 1896
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THE CAT SHOW. The North Adams Transcript, March 12, 1896.
A Novel Exhibition in Progress at Odd Fellows Hall. Many Cats of Many Kinds. Prettily Decorated Cages. A Large Variety of Animals to be Seen. Some Extra Odd and Fine Specimens. Imported Cats. A Good Exhibit.
There was a small attendance at the cat show last night, as was to be expected for the weather was anything but agreeable. As a result those who were present had plenty of elbow room and abundant opportunity to look over the large collection of felines at their leisure. This is the first cat show held in North Adams and it must be confessed that it is a more interesting affair than had been expected by many. To one unused to such events a cat show might seem like a rather small affair, but the exhibit at Odd Fellows’ Hall proves that a well arranged and well conducted exhibition of cats is by no means devoid of interest.
The number of entries is larger than expected by many and nearly every compartment in the rows of cages extending the whole length of the hall on either side is occupied. The cages are prettily decorated and many of them are handsomely furnished with carpets, cushions, etc., and the cats look and appear very comfortable and contented, with few exceptions. Here and there is one that gives evidence of not being used to being away from home and out nights, but the cat family as a rule being familiar with these dimensions, there is noticeable among the great majority of those on exhibition a spirit of sweet contentment and most perfect resignation.
Most of the cats are natives and there are some fine specimens, noticeable among them being animals owned by Mrs. Shepard Thayer, Mrs. R. H. Fulton and Mr. V. W. Braman, the latter being a manx, or tail-less cat, often called rabbit cat. A. O. Hodge also has on exhibition two large manx cats, one of them weighing thirteen pounds. Mrs. F. E. White exhibits five angora cats, all fine specimens, and a silver tabby imported by her from Spain. The latter looks like a native and there is nothing specially noticeable about her except her beauty.
The Japanese cat exhibited by Mrs. F. C. Witt of Greenfield is a rare beauty. Her fur is almost as short and sleek as that of a seal and she is striped in a way that reminds one of a zebra. This is the only Japanese cat on exhibition and she naturally attracts a good share of attention, both on account of her rarity and her beauty. This animal is valued at $100.
A near neighbor to this pretty Jap is Minyon, a pure blood Persian cat that was imported from Paris. She is two years old and is owned by Fred Kurtz of Fairfield, Mass., who paid $75 for her in Paris. She resembles an Angora, her hair being even longer apparently, and she is the largest looking cat in the hall, though not the heaviest. Her color is gray and she is valued at $100, although it is said the owner would probably refuse twice that amount for her.
On one side of the hall is a cat that devotes much of her time to the care of a very young kitten, and on the opposite side is to be seen a family of nearly half-grown kittens still under the care of their mother. To those desiring a view of happiness these two cages are recommended.
There is one dog on exhibition, Mr. Fulton's pug, Dixie, which was brought to the hall to keep the cat Toodles company. There is also a single white rabbit in one of the cages. Among the special curiosities is Mountain Maid, owned by Manager Potter. This cat was raised by G. W. Tillotson of Tyringham and is declared to be half skunk. The appearance of the animal goes far to bear out the claim and she is an object of much curiosity. Mr. Potter also exhibits a cat that was born with but three legs.
The prizes to be awarded are on exhibition in the hall and there are many handsome articles in the list. Prizes are to be awarded by vote to the most popular and the handsomest and homeliest cats. For the most popular cat votes cost 5 cents each, but all who enter the hall may vote for the handsomest and homeliest without charge. All of the other prizes will be awarded according to points scored. A buff angora owned by Mrs. Lenox of Church street received the most votes last evening for the prize for the handsomest cat.
The show is conducted by A. L. Potter of Springfield, and the judge is W. L. Rollo of Springfield, a well-known cat fancier and expert. Good piano music is furnished by Miss Alice Clancy of Springfield. The show is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p. m., and will close tomorrow night. The price of admission is 25 cents; children, 10 cents. The show opens with disagreeable weather, but the hall will doubtless be visited by a large number of people before the close of the novel exhibition.
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PRIZES AWARDED. At the Cat Show In Odd Fellows' Hall Today.
Prizes were awarded today to the following owners of cats : H. W. Clark & Co., Mrs. F. E. White, Mrs. Shepard Thayer, Mrs. R. H. Fulton, Mrs. C. S. Brooker, C. C. Fisher & Co., W. W. Allen, Miss Daisy Beale, Leroy C. Sherman, E. Goodenough, Miss Mattie Dilworth, Master H. Quackenbush, Miss Vera M. Cota, Mrs. F. A. Taylor, Mrs. H. E. Blake, Miss Kittie Davinne, Mrs. F. J. Dayton, Mrs. A. O. Hodge, Mrs. C B. Lenox, Miss Agnes Potter, G. H. Livermore, Mrs. G. N. Rich, Mrs. E. M. Dayton, J. H. C. Pratt, John Sullivan - The North Adams Transcipt, March 13, 1896
A FINE PET CAT owned by Mrs. Richard Fulton of Holbrook street died Friday night. The symptoms were those of poisoning, but it is hard to think any one would be mean enough to poison so handsome and harmless an animal. The cat took a prize at the cat show held in Odd Fellows’ hall about two years ago. – The North Adams Transcript, March 19, 1898
POULTRY SHOW NEXT WEEK - The Oregon Daily Journal, December 4, 1902
The Oregon State Poultry Association will hold its Eighth Annual Exhibition on December 10 to 16 at Merrill's Cyclery [Portland, Oregon]. The object of the exhibition is to encourage the breeding of better stock and “more of it.” President Fenwick, of the Association, in an interview with a Journal representative yesterday afternoon, said: "I expect this year’s show to be larger than any previous year, in fact, I think this will be the largest show of its kind ever given on the Pacific Coast. [. . .] We will also have a ‘cat show,' which will no doubt also attract the ladies.”
POULTRY SHOW OPENS TOMORROW – The Oregon Daily Journal, December 8th, 1902
The Oregon State Poultry Association will commence holding its eighth annual exhibition tomorrow afternoon, at Merrill’s Cyclery. All exhibits have already been received from all over the Pacific Coast, including California, Washington and Idaho. An additional feature of the show this year is the cat exhibit, which will attract the ladies and children.
POULTRY SHOW OPENS TOMORROW - The Oregon Daily Journal, December 9th, 1902
The eighth annual exhibition of the Oregon State Poultry Association will commence tomorrow morning at the Merrill Cyclery. The exhibition will be the largest ever given on the Pacific Coast [. . .] The cat show which will be an additional attraction promises to far surpass any previous exhibition of its kind and will consist of a variety of members of the feline species, including longhaired cats and long-haired kittens. Several prizes will be awarded for the best display of litters. Among the many species of kittens to be exhibited will be white kittens, tabbies, with and without white, Siamese and Manx.
POULTRY SHOW CLOSES DOORS - The Oregon Daily Journal, December 16th, 1902
The Oregon Poultry Association will close the doors of their annual exhibit this evening [. . .] The additional feature of the exhibit was the “cat show," which has drawn large crowds of women and children. About 50 specimens of that many varieties of the feline species were seen in the different coops formerly occupied by fowls. What with the purring, meouwing and spitting of the tomcats, pussycats, kittens, and other members of the cat family, and the crowing of the cocks, the cackling of the hens and geese, the gobbling of the turkeys, and the quacking of the ducks, on entering the Merrill Cyclery where the show was being held, one became under the impression that pandemonium had broken loose among both the members of the feline colony and those of the various bird families.
A MEW-SICAL SUCCESS. Several New Pussies Entered Yesterday at the Cat Show. The cat show was a howling success. A number of new cats were entered, among them being a Tobias Angora, owned by Mrs. L. S. Oakford, probably the most beautiful black Angora in this part of America. A Manx kitten is another newcomer, while a cat and family of kittens are seen among the late arrivals. The kittens seem to be contented in their roomy cages and are glad to be petted through the bars. Many children visited the show yesterday afternoon and the spacious room was thronged most of the day. It is by far the most unique show ever seen in Scranton. The yellow Angora, “Orange,” belonging to Mr. Rose will probably receive the first prise. - The Scranton Republican, October 17th, 1896
CAT SHOW CLOSES. Best Bred Cat on Exhibition Owned by Mr. Rose. The cat show came to a conclusion Saturday evening, the attendance during the day being very large. The first prize was awarded to Rose the hatter, for an Angora cat, which was judged to be the finest bred feline on exhibition. The votes for the handsomest cat were scattered among a number of the exhibits, the largest number, 93, being cast for the white cat, “Ben Bolt,” owned by Mrs. C. B. Penman. The next highest numbers were cast for Mr. Rose’s English tiger cat, Mrs. L. S. Oakford’s black Angora, Mrs. Donnegan’s old cat with little kittens, and Miss Rafter’s cat, coming in the order named. A large number of votes was also cast for the cats owned by Mayor Bailey, Brandow & Miller, Miss Clare Brewster, T. F. Edgar, Mrs. Reed, Harry Mayer and Mr. Blewitt. - The Scranton Republican, October 19th, 1896
CATS VERY TAME AT ARMORY SHOW – The Evening World, 21st January, 1903
There Are Only Sixty, and They Are Merely an Adjunct to Poultry.
STAMFORD, Conn., Jan. 21 – The cat show, which opened in the Armory yesterday afternoon, contains about sixty cats, owned by Stamford people principally. One of them, the property of Dr. Abbott, and called the Pride of Persia, is valued at £1,000. A mechanical arrangement represents the “field trial for mice” which was much advertised, and which started the Humane Society people to action. The poultry show, of which the cat, exhibit is an attachment, comprises about 1,800 birds, including many of those which won prises at Madison Square Garden. The show is tame.
(Photo, The Professional World, 30th January, 1903) MRS. HOMER S. CUMMINGS, the society woman of Stamford, Conn., who aroused the ire of the mayor of the city, Chas. H. Leeds, by proposing a mouse-killing contest in connection with the cat show now being held, and then, when the storm of protest was at its height, caused the shafts of ridicule to fall heavily upon his honor by announcing that chocolate mice were to be used.
PROSPECTS BRIGHT FOR THE DOG [AND CAT] SHOW - The Topeka Daily Capital, 5th November, 1906
Prospect are bright for a big dog and cat show in Topeka this winter. T.I. Herren, who presided at a meeting at the Fifth Avenue Hotel, Thursday night at which it was determined to hold such a show, said last night that the indications were the outside dog and cat fanciers would give substantial help to the enterprise in the way of making exhibits. Mr. Herren will leave this morning for Kansas City and other points where he will meet prospective exhibitors and tell them of the Topeka show. He will go to Independence, Mo., St. Joseph, Mo., Leavenworth and possible one or two other points. There are a great many dog and cat fanciers in all of those cities and they will be enthusiastic over the Topeka show, once the plan is explained to them. Eleven new members will be added at the next meeting of the Topeka Kennel Club.
The Topeka Daily Capital, 9th November, 1906
George Burghart, speaking of the dog and cat show held in Kansas City last year, said recently: “I think a dog and cat show is one of the most interesting events of its kind that I have ever attended. It attracts the people from all walks of life. Women are especially interested in such an exhibit of pet animals and always attend in great numbers.”
NEW ENTRIES FOR DOG AND CAT SHOW – The Topeka Daily Capital, 12th November, 1906
There is a growing interest in the dog and cat show to be held in Topeka this winter, according to T.I. Herren, one of the prime movers in the project. Mr Herren said that a number of prospective entries cam in voluntarily yesterday. He says that A.S. Thomas, manager of the Santa Fe Watch Company, West Eighth street, has a large Angora cat which is to be entered in the exhibit. This cat has a bushy tail, is much larger than the ordinary house cat and makes a rather imposing appearance. He plays among the cut glass and chinaware of the store without breaking a single piece. He has a habit of sleeping in a cut glass piece costing $50. One of his pastimes is to jump into the horn of a talking machine while the machine is running, in an effort to find the voice. Recently this cat became entangled in a large piece of fly-paper and came near over-exerting himself to the point of death. He is on good terms with most dogs, but takes particular pleasure in tormenting some of them.
“Coon” is a Persian cat owned by George W. Stansfield of 623 Kansas avenue. The cat is 9 months old, came from Rockford, me, has the markings of a raccoon and has a penchant for ice cream. Mr Stansfield also has a 3 year old black and white Angora cat. This animal is a vegetarian, eating beans, onions and green corn with particular relish. In the coming show, Mr Stansfield will also exhibit “Nobby,” a white poodle dog.
An important meeting of the dog and cat fanciers of the city is to be held at the National Hotel tomorrow night.
The Topeka Daily Capital, 25th November, 1906
Promoters of the dog and cat show to be given under the auspices of the Topeka Kennel Club, say they are hoping to secure the Auditorium for the show. They say it will be necessary to have the exhibition in some large building in order to accommodate the large number of exhibitors and the crowds of visitors who will attend.
A PRIZE CAT SHOW will be held in this city all next week commencing on Monday evening, at 16 West Market street, There will be three prizes. If the people of Wilkes-Barre and Pittston and surrounding towns will make their entries on or before Friday, October 23, it will be an accommodation to those arranging the exhibition. All the entries are free and cages are furnished free. This party was in Scranton last week and gave a very satisfactory show of cats, and that isn’t much of a cat town, either. – The Scranton Republican (Pennsylvania), October 23rd, 1896
WILKES-BARRE CATS EXHIBITED. Quite a Number of Them Are on Exhibition on West Market Street. The Wilkes-Barre Record (Pennsylvania), October 27, 1896.
Wilkes-Barre has had poultry shows and food shows, Barnum’s shows and other shows, but never before has it had a cat show. The show opened last night in the Myers block on West Market street with some of Wilkes-Barre's favorite felines on exhibition. Among those in the cages were Betsy and daughter, entered by Harry Wilbur, Miss Brundage’s trick cat, Maltie, Miss Catherine Parsons's “Coxey,” Mrs. Dennin’s "Pinkey,” from the Wyoming Valley House. “Pinkey" does not seem to like the show.
William Schrage has a handsome cat entered. “Snow,” entered by David Wolfe, is the only cat in the show with u a blue and brown eye. Miss Murphy has a handsome Maltese cat entered and Miss Sperring has also one of the prettiest pets in the show. Peter Ryman has an English tiger cat entered that is much admired. “Don,” Miss Ruth Fuller's feline, is a handsome animal, as is also “Bob,” the Manx cat owned by Dean Tuck. "Nip and Tuck,” twin cats, are owned by Henry Tuck, and are nicely matched. Other pretty animals are “Tom," owned by Mrs. Baldders of Dorranceton; “Malty,” entered by W. H. Miller, and “Rory O’Moore, entered by Miss Edith Brower.
In connection with the cat show is Mrs. L. L. Sturgeon Brown, born without the use of her arms or hands. Mrs. Brown performs some wonderful feats with her feet, such as playing the piano, fancy work, crocheting, knitting and writing. Her eyesight is very good. She does not get close to her work, but threads a needle at a distance of over three feet. Commencing to-morrow Mrs. Brown will give piano solos every thirty minutes.
Half Cat and Half Fisher. Rockland County Gazette. RH Hammond of Charlestown exhibited one of the most curious specimens of a cat to be seen at the cat show in connection with the Eastern Maine fair. It is clear black, half cat and half fisher, a small black animal resembling a sable. It will take to water as readily as a duck, and can be seen any day at home plunging into the stream. – The Boston Weekly Globe, October 3rd, 1888 [A Fisher, or Fisher Cat, is a type of Marten indigenous to North America]
Those who intend to exhibit cats at the great cat show next Tuesday should call at the drug store of A M Robinson, Jr, and make their entries today or Monday. – Bangor Daily Whig and Courier, September 6, 1884
The cat show to take place at Greenwood Garden this week, is already attracting considerable interest. Twelve prizes will be awarded covering fat cats, lean cats, black cats and many other kinds of cats. Suitable quarters will be provided for the animals and a special attendant will look after them. Bangor Daily Whig and Courier, August 2nd, 1887
CONCERT HALL – Bangor Daily Whig and Courier, 1st September, 1887
Entrance to Concert Hall is effect through a door leading from the balcony in Norombega, and here large numbers of visitors find their way and enjoy looking over the tabby [household] cats. There are sixty-three little black, white and motley, possessed of all the feline virtues and possessed of tempers one would not care to irritate. Following is the list of the exhibitors and of the cats and kittens:
Mr. D.L. Robinson, West Brooksville, tiger and coon, four months old.
Mrs. W.H. Sally, tiger, 14 and a half pounds.
Master Joe Greenier, English pet, Minnie.
B. Tewkesbury, Neddo.
E.A. Clary, black.
Mrs. Flora A. Thompson, coon, black.
Mrs. F. T. Hall, tiger, very large.
Dora S. Morison, tiger and tortoise.
Miss Mabel Martin, black and white.
Miss Ella A. Crosby, maltese, six toes forward and five behind.
L.L. Alden, Angora.
Dr. J.E. Hathorn, black, 15 pounds.
Mrs. Angler W. Tapley, tiger.
Miss Nellie McQuinn, tiger.
Miss Edith L. Tibbetts, coon.
Miss Annie M. Marston, Brewer Village, Angora.
S. Basford, coon, with two kittens.
George M. Ware, Bucksport, tiger and coon, 15 pounds.
Mrs. J.M. Bartlett, maltese cat and kittens.
Mrs. S.H. Woodbury, tiger, 13 years old.
A.J. Nicholson, white cat and four kittens.
David B. Ward, spotted black and white, 11 years old.
Mrs. A.N. Peteres, tiger and kitten.
W. Severance, tiger, 15 pounds.
Harlow’s drug store, tiger and kittens.
Dr. H.L. Jewel, Angora.
Charles Yorx, tiger.
Flora Lowell, coon.
Fred S. Crosby, Angora.
George E. Richards, maltese, with 16 toes forward and 10 behind.
F.A. Howard, tiger, 16 years old.
Josie Goodhue, tiger.
Mrs. H.J. Stevens, Angora.
R.A. Hathorn, one black and one white.
Mrs. Gertrude Marston, brewer Village, black.
Herbert Hart, Holden, black.
Mrs. Nellie S. Prescott, tiger.
Clara A. Johnston, tailless.
Fred D. Jordan, white with one yellow and one blue eye.
Ally and Franke Moore, of brewer, cat and kitten.
Miss Nellie Warrer, 2 kittens.
S.J. Veazle, coon cat and two white kittens.
G. Kittridge, tortoise shell cat and two kittens.
Miss hattie Rich, brewer, tiger cat.
Mrs. T.E. Nusfield, coon, ‘Jack Plopaw.”
Mrs. W.B. Gould, two black cats.
Henry Hall, maltese.
N.D. Beecroft, white quartette, cat and kittens.
Charlotte M. Swett, tiger at and two kittens.
A cat belonging to Miss Maude Simpson, entered for the cat show, when being taken from the basket at the hall to be put in the cage, became frightened and bolted, jumping out of a window into the stream and swimming ashore disappeared on the opposite bank. Notwithstanding its fall of seventy-five feet it turned up yesterday morning in time to be carried to the show and take a prize. – Bangor Daily Whig and Courier, September 2nd, 1887
A Champion Cat. E K Carman of 109 Reaney street, South Chester, has what he considers the champion cat of the county. It weighs fourteen pounds, measures three feet one inch from th point of its nose to the tip of its tail, and is three months old. Puss is three fourths Maltese, and is so handsome that the owner intends to take her to the coping cat show. - Delaware County Daily Times, February 4th, 1885
Indianapolis, May 10. J W McKinney, manager of the Cromwell Cat Show, and a guest at the Hotel Dennison, awoke this morning to find himself minus $1,100, which an enterprising sneak had stolen from his clothing during the night. Only yesterday he was warned against carrying so much money constantly with him. – The Cincinnati Enquirer, May 12, 1884
A PET DOG AND CAT SHOW. St. Louis, May 13 - The annual show of pet dogs and cats, under the auspices of the Women’ Humane society, opened here this afternoon in Harmonic hall, with several hundred entries. All kinds of dogs and cats have been entered and some of them are the choicest pets owned by prominent society people. [list of doggy exhibits, but not cats!]. The show closes Saturday night. – The Parsons Daily, May 14th, 1897
CAT SHOW TO-DAY. Tabbies of Every Description Will Be on Exhibition at the Y.M.C.A. Hall. Manager Potter of the cat show, which opens to-day, has been a busy man during his stay here, making preparations for this big exhibition, which will be held in the large hall of the Y.M.C.A. He has made many friends during his short stay, and his great interest in little pets has brought him in contact with many people. The exhibition promises to be one of the most novel ever held here. There will be all sorts of cats, including long-haired Angoras and the “bootjack” variety that conducts nightly concerts on our back fences. The handsome prizes to be awarded the lucky ones are on exhibition in the window of Mr. Shwartz’s store. All of the cages will be in position this morning, and the hall will be open from 10 o’clock in the morning until 10 at night, and will continue for four days. - Poughkeepsie Eagle News, January 11th, 1898
IN ANOTHER CAT SHOW. Manager Potter will be in Kingston with his great cat show the first week in February, and William W. Lawrence, of this city, has entered his pretty Angora cats. Miss Sarah Haviland, of Pine Plains, who won a first prize in this city, has also entered her house pet. Of course, several prizes will come to Poughkeepsie. – Poughkeepsie Eagle News, January 27, 1898.
LANSING’S Poultry Show is Open. Lansing, Mich., December 27. The Lansing poultry, pet stock and cat show opened to-day with a large number of exhibitors and every prospect of a successful meeting. – Detroit Free Press, Dec 28, 1898
IT WAS A RARE SHOW OF CATS and all the various kinds of these household pets were there, from the every-day tabbies to the more aristocratic angoras and Persians with their long, silky coats. All were quiet and dignified and most of them were made happy by a blue ribbon. Among the exhibitors of first prize winners were B.H. Pinney, W.H.H. Dugan, J.P. Gilman, Miss H. Hoffman, Charlotte Bourdon. Mrs Wilson’s cat, 20 years old, divided the 2d prize with a maltese friend. – Spirit of the Age, Woodstock, Vermont, February 11, 1899
ST. LOUIS EXPOSITION NOTES – various, August/September, 1903: A cat show will be a feature of the live stock department. It is predicted that the largest and finest collection of tabbies the world has ever seen will be on exhibition at the fair.
WORLD’S FAIR NOTES – The Daily Journal, 2nd January, 1904
A cat show will be a feature of the livestock department. It is predicted that the largest and finest collection of tabbies the world has ever seen will be on exhibition at the fair.
EVERY CAT TO HAVE DAY – The Indianapolis Star, 18th February, 1904
St. Louis, Mo., February 17. — A new feature and one that is counted on to attract the maiden ladies of the country has been added to the list of competitions at the St. Louis world’s fair. The new feature will be a cat show, to he held November 8 to 11. It is planned to have every known variety of the nine-lived felines on exhibition, from the silk-coated blue bloods to the sleep-disturbing fence cat. The preliminary preparation are now in the hands of Chief F.D. Coburn and the entries will close September 20.
CHICAGO AFTER ST. LOUIS CATS – The Inter Ocean, May 30th, 1904
Chicago's choicest. Angora cats will go to St. Louis in November to carry off the prizes and the glory at the cat show which will open Nov. 8 and continue three days. This was decided yesterday at the regular monthly meeting of the Beresford Cat club in its rooms in the Humane society building.
Mrs. Clinton Locke, president of the club, who owns some of the finest Angoras in America, will send several of her pets. The club decided to raise money for some very handsome prizes to be offered. The executive committee which will have charge of the cat show has been named and consists of Dr. C.A. White of Chicago, Mr. William Chapman of Romeo, Mich., and Mrs. Alfred Jackson of Rochester. N.Y.
The business meeting yesterday was preceded by a luncheon, at which the guest of honor was Miss Louise Payne of Los Angeles, a member of the club, and the most prominent cat fancier and owner of the largest cattery In California.
SALEM, OR., CAT SHOW - East Oregonian, 9th November, 1904
A poultry, dog and cat show is to be held at Salem December 15, 16 and 17. This will be the second annual exhibit of the Salem association.
POULTRY SHOW – Daily Capital Journal, 15th December 1904
The Salem Poultry, Dog and Cat show opened this afternoon with a large list of entries. There promises to be a good attendance during the week, and many fine birds are on exhibition.
CATS OF EVERY VARIETY – The Plain Speaker (Mass.), 13th January, 1905
ALBANY, N.Y. Cats of every variety from all over eastern New York are exhibited at the cat show which has opened here under the auspices of the Mount Holyoke college alumnae. The class attracting most attention is that devoted to children's pets.
BENCH SHOW FOR PIQUA – The Piqua (Ohio) Daily Call, 1st February, 1905
A suggestion has been made that the dog, cat, and poultry fanciers of the city get together and arrange to hold a show, exhibiting their finest specimens. In other places such shows have been held for a number of years and with a uniform financial success.
He said “Such a show might be made to embrace as large a scope as might be desired. It might be a dog, show, it might be a dog and cat show, it might include both these, and poultry, pigeons, etc. In fact it might include as much or as little as might be desired. Such a show would have the advantage of being a novelty in Piqua and would draw for that reason if for none other.
“Piqua possess some well-bred dogs, bull-dogs, Boston terriers, fox terriers, etc., and some equally, well-bred cats and poultry. It is true that there are not a sufficient number of all to make a good exhibit by themselves, but there are kennels at Dayton, Cincinnati, Columbus, Lima, Findlay and Toledo, all of which-would be certain to make exhibits. The same is true of poultry and pigeons. There would be no difficulty in arranging for outside exhibits, competent judges could be secured from some of these nearby towns and all The expenses could be reduced to a low point. Donations of prizes would not be the hardest thing to secure.
“The city possesses an excellent place for such a show in St. George hall. It is easy of access and has abundant floor space. It should be a comparatively easy matter to give a three days show there. In most places these bench and poultry shows have come to be quite a society function, like the Horse shows in New York. Enlist the interest of society and the success of the affair is assured.”
It would be a good and an excellent idea for some of the leading fanciers of the city to get together and talk over the subject and see if such a show as has been suggested could not be successfully given in Piqua.
[ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN] WASHTENAW POULTRY AND PET STOCK SHOW  – Detroit Free Press, 27th October, 1905
The above show opens at the Light Guard armory, Ann Arbor, Mich., January 8, and will run four days. This show will undoubtedly be a good one and fifteen hundred entries are expected in the poultry line alone. [. . .] A cat show is also to be one of the attractions. A. F. Smith, of Ann Arbor, will have on show some of the "Cavies” he is now breeding for the University of Michigan. Judges Tucker of Concord, and Hughes, of Indianapolis, will attend to the awards. E. W. Owen, Ypsilanti, president; George R. Cooper, Ann Arbor, secretary; E.Y. Edmunds, Ann Arbor, superintendent. Mr. Cooper says everything is progressing nicely and that the show will be the best ever held in Washtenaw county.
NEWPORT SHOW WINNER - The Wichita Daily Eagle, 6th February, 1906
The Bijougraph presents the moving picture “Down on the Farm,” also “Toba,” the picture of the $1,000 Angoria [sic] cat which was the prize-winner at the Newport cat show last summer.
[INDIANAPOLIS] WON SEVERAL PREMIUMS – The Hancock Democrat, 22 February, 1906
Clarence Hewes, resident agent of the Inland Poultry Journal received several premiums on his birds at the State chicken, dog and cat show at Indianapolis. He also took first on Scotch Collie dog and first on Angora cat.
CAT SHOW – The Burlington Free Press, 29th March 1906
The ladies of the Methodist society will conduct a “cat show” in the offices recently vacated by Drs. L.A. Russlow and J.P. Gifford Friday afternoon of this week. Already entries have been made for a large number of pet cats, Guinea pigs, white rats and other animals.
CAT SHOW – Burlington Weekly Free Press, 5th April, 1906
The cat show held in the office recently vacated by Dr. L.A. Russlow yester afternoon and evening under the auspices of the Ladies’ society of the Methodist Church was a success. Cats of all kinds and description were on exhibition, also a five months old Shetland pony, several guinea pigs and a number of Belgian Hares. Large crowds of people visited the exhibition in the afternoon and evening. The judges appointed were Mrs. J.W. Gabrielle, Mrs. A.M. Hubbard and Mrs. W.C. Emerson and prizes were awarded as follows:
The best Angora cat, Fluffy, owned by Mrs. Ida Drake, blue ribbon and first prize. The red ribbon and second prize to Ralph Denny; third, a cat entered by Miss Marion Drew. In the class of domestic cats, a fine black feline owned by Fred E. Bryan, Terrence McDennis, with a remarkable pedigree, won the first prize and blue ribbon; second prize and red ribbon, the cat entered by miss Kathleen Bixby; third, Miss Mildred Goodwin. Mrs. Myron Gay, Mrs. D.T. Dyer and Miss Beulah Hayes had cats that were given honourable mention. The ladies secured a neat little sum from the show.
POULTRY SHOW AT COLISEUM STARTS TODAY – The Des Moines Register, 5th December, 1922
At 7 o'clock this morning, the feathered pride of ten states will begin moving into the Coliseum for the second annual Coliseum show of Iowa. [. . .] Judging of birds, placing of awards and the close of the cat show entries are scheduled for Thursday.
ROCK VALLEY CAT CLUB TO HAVE EXHIBITION SEPT. 9 – Dixon Evening Telegraph, 14th August, 1956
FREEPORT. The second annual Cat Exhibition of the Rock Valley Cat Club will be held Sept. 9 at the Stephenson County Fairgrounds located just south of Freeport, it was announced at the August meeting of the club which was held at the home of the president, Mrs. Donald McFadyven, Rockford. Nearly 800 people attended the first show held last year in Beloit. Miss Rachel Salisbury, Milton Junction. Wis., was appointed show manager; Mrs. Elwood Baker, 1267 S. Galena St., Freeport, show secretary, and Mrs. Edmund Howard, Tiffany, Wis., show adviser.
The public will be admitted free between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 9. A wide variety of cats will be on display, including champions and ordinary house-hold pets, Siamese and Persians, Abysinnians [sic] and Maine coon cats, snow-shoed-pawed cats and bob-cats, blue-eyed whites and odd-eyed whites, smokes silvers, and cameos, and cats of many patterns - pandas, mackerels, calicos and tabbies. Door prizes will include some of the newest items in cat comfort and owner interest. Snacks and drinks will be available in the pavilion and there is adequate parking space at the fairgrounds.
CATS ON DISPLAY – The Bristol Daily Courier, 10th May, 1959
The Delaware Valley Cat Fanciers will hold its fourth annual championship cat show Saturday at the Edgely Fire House. The show will start at 10 a.m. and run throughout the day. The public is invited to attend and witness the judging and see the cats on display in decorated cages. The cats will include long-haired Persians. Graceful Siamese, tailess minx [sic] and dozens of other recognized distinct classes, plus a large entry of the non-pedigreed, familiar house pets.
A rare Maine Coon cat will be on exhibit as will a seven-month old Ocelot. The Ocelot is the house pet of Mrs. John Wilcox, wife of a Philadelphia disc jockey. Food and refreshments will be served by the ladies auxiliary of the fire company. Admission will be 50 cents for adults and 25 cents for children. Proceeds from the show will go to the Bucks and Montgomery County SPCA.
HERMAN, CASANOVA OF CAT WORLD TO BE AT STATE FAIR – The Daily Times, 8th August, 1961
Herman, “Casanova of the cat world” will meet two Maine Coon cats at the coming Cat Show during the Ohio State Fair, Aug. 25 through Sept. 2. The ancesters of the Maine Coon cats were ship-wrecked during colonial times and mingled with wild racoons. Herman, being from California, has never seen coon-cats before. Knowing Herman, there may be a new romance in the making. The Ohio State Persian Club, playing cupid is pleased to have Herman back. This will be Herman’s second appearance in Columbus. There will also be over 100 cats and kittens on exhibit. Many of these are Grand Champions, and Champions. Some of the types of show cats to be exhibited this year will be Longhair Persian, Silver Persian, Tabby and Torties, Cameo’s, Himalayan, Domestic Short Hair, Manx, Burmese, Siamese and Abyssinians.