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.

November 23, 2016

November 23, 1855

About Frank Paton, (November 23, 1855 to November 13, 1909) there is not a lot of information, but we have this:

Born London, raised in Kent. Spent time in France, also Australia. Had 20 works exhibited with the RA but following a falling out with their organising committee in 1890, refused to show again. He started his famous christmas cards in 1880. They sold for a massive 10/6 ea. His publishers, E E Leggatt & Co. had the idea of FP signing copies ....

"You are no chicken", below, is said to be the illustration that made Paton famous.

Here is one of Paton's many animal prints, and it shows a familiar Victorian sight: the cat meat man's cart.

Despite the idea of universal historical change, the saccharine seems not to.

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