LOL CATS, The Victorian Influence?
The Long Love Affair
In the Victorian era, the cat earned a new and valuable ranking in the household. Out from the barn and into the parlor, the Victorian cat became a novelty and a passion to be desired. Not only did cats fill the home but they also took center stage as images of decoration for new mass-produced objects on the market. Trade with the Orient brought paintings and prints of cats from around the world. The Victorian fan was a favorite item featuring painted images of cats. In fact cat items of all types became the rage: needlework, appliques, ceramics, metalware, inkwells, umbrella handles, spoon handles, advertising, matchboxes, postcards, cigarette containers, cut-out dolls, clothing, candy boxes, stationary. Well, you get the idea. Even collectors today will pay good money for nice Victorian cat memorabilia.
The Anthropomorphism of the Cat
No period in the history of mankind has exploited the anthropomorphism of the cat like the Victorians. Treating cats like people, and dressing them up in human clothes made the cat even more domesticated.
The Victorians felt the need to create a sense of security and protection against the unknown. What better animal could reflect this character? The cat is driven with curiosity and vested in courage while never forgetting its manners.
The cat not only took on the physical but character traits of humans. They could symbolize the distinctions of intelligence, class and morality.
Victorians' Love for the Humorous Depictions of the Cat - LOL Cats, The Victorian Way
The Victorian cat became like a crazy-quilt, representing all the interests and fascinations of the times. Cats became a method of entertainment and education for young children. A slew of illustrated children's books appeared on the market. "The Owl and the Pussy-cat", became a favorite of all time, while hundreds of other classic cat stories were also gaining in popularity. The illustrations in these books were spectacular. Ingenious three -dimensional pop-ups and overlays that could be moved to change the scene.
Cats Cats Cats Get A Good Laugh
There have been many artists throughout history from the Victorian era to present day that have shared their love for the cat. We have the Victorian era to thank for the domestication of the household cat that brought the life of cats to our walls, books, clothes and just about every product around us.
Who can believe that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!
Dressing Up Your Pets
Not everyone has a cat, so for all of you who have favorite pets this question is for you too.
Do you like to dress up your pet in clothing attire?
Nine Lives Each Cat May Measure; May Yours Be Nine Times Filled With Pleasure. c. 1875