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USS Maine mess cooks and cat

This ca. 1896 photo of the USS Maine’s mess cooks with the ship’s three feline mascots was taken by Navy photographer Edward H. Hart. 

I’m taking the Hatching Cat on the road again. My next presentation will be on Sunday, April 10, at the Thrall Library in Middletown, New York, at 2 p.m. 

We’ve all heard of the crazy cat lady, but what about the crazy cat man?

In the 1800s and early 1900s, when most New York City residents tossed stray cats (and dogs) into the rivers, many men–including sailors, firemen, policemen, politicians, and hoteliers – welcomed alley cats with open arms.

In my hour-long presentation, I wind the audience through the streets of Old New York and Brooklyn as I tell amazing stories of nine strapping men (9 lives) and the alley cats they adopted. Hear about:

  • The Brooklyn Cat That Survived the USS Maine Explosion
  • The Cat That Flew Around the Statue of Liberty
  • The NYC Post Office Feline Police Force –and 6 More Amazing Tales

Fun for cat fanciers and history fans alike! Remember, if you know of a library or group in the New York City area that you think would be interested in this presentation, please contact me and let me know.

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