The Book, Cat, & Cat Book Lovers Almanac

of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

August 21, 2016

August 21, 1907

William Joseph Furness (December 12, 1869 to January 17, 1911) died young in a dreadful accident: he accidentally reversed his car into an elevator shaft. His marriage dating from August 21, 1907, to Harriet Vreeland, "the well-known painter of cats", was quite possibly quite happy. They shared an enthusiasm for photography.

Here is an example of her work. She provided some photographs for a book by Lee Saunders Crandall,  Pets and how to Care for Them (1921)


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"Photograph by H. V. Fumess". I assume she just did the bottom one, but it is a nicely selected comparison: "European Wild Cat (above) Domestic Striped Tabby Cat (below)."


Harriet Furness died July 4, 1949.

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