Archive for the ‘Christmas Cat Tales’ Category

Comments Off on 1906: Merry Christmas from the Parcel-Post Kitten of Yorkville

Last week I went to my neighborhood United States Post Office to mail some packages to family on the west coast. As I was deciding whether to use parcel post or priority service, the clerk asked me if the boxes contained anything that was liquid, fragile, or had batteries. The clerk did not, however, ask […]

Comments Off on 1935: Paddy Reilly, the Irish Terrier Host of New York’s Animal Christmas Party

In previous posts, I wrote about the reindeer on display at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree in 1944, and about the horses that delivered the first public Christmas tree to Madison Square Park in 1912. In this story, I’m going to tell you about the annual Christmas tree and party for New York City’s four-legged […]

Comments Off on 1922: A Christmas Feast for Woo-Ki and the Pirate Cats of Chelsea Piers

During World War I and World War II, hundreds of cats from all over the world were left stranded on the Chelsea Piers in New York when the troopships they had stowed away on left the harbor without them. The news media called them the “Chelsea Pirate Cats.”

Prior to May 1898, 60-year old Commodore George Dewey was a little-known leader of the U.S. Navy’s Asiatic Fleet. All that changed during the Spanish-American War, when Dewey was wired from Washington to attack the Spanish navy in retaliation for Spain’s assail on the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor. The Commodore directed his command vessel, […]