Mrs. A.McAllister and "Smoke Persian" cat (LOC)

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Mrs. A.McAllister and "Smoke Persian" cat


[between ca. 1910 and ca. 1915]


1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.



Title from unverified data provided by the Bain News Service on the negatives or caption cards.

Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).


Format: Glass negatives.


Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.


Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,


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Call Number: LC-B2- 3297-4



  • Wystan 3y

    A 1913 Bain photo of Miss M. Johnson and her cat, Abdullah, at another cat show on the terrace of the Astor Hotel:
    Miss M. Johnson and Abdullha  (LOC) by The Library of Congress

    There are also Bain photos of Dog shows held on the hotel's sun terrace:
    Miss M. Kennedy & "Pomeranian [i.e., Pomeria] Buttercup"  (LOC) by The Library of Congress

    Marion Simpson & "Prize Bull" - dog  (LOC) by The Library of Congress
  • Art Siegel 3y

    The Atlantic Cat Club annual show at the Waldorf Astoria, Nov. 17-18, 1914?
    No mention of this pair in the Times article, but Mrs. A.M. McAllister is listed as having a winning orange tabby in the New York Herald of 11/18/14.
  • Art Siegel 3y

    Unusual to identify the cat as well as the owner, but this is probably Alcyone, the prize-winning Smoke Persian of New York's Mrs. Anna M. McAllister. Alcyone was the subject of a heartwarming story in the Evening Telegram of 12/8/14. The story includes a picture of Alcyone. Here is an excerpt:

    "Alcyone, Beautiful Persian, Shows
    He Can Do More than Win
    Blue Ribbons.
    - • • -
    Finds Amusement, Relaxation
    and Comfort in Antics and
    Loyalty of Pet
    Nestling upon the lap of his atrophied patient, amusing the ill man with his antics at play, or running to call the mistress of the household when her presence is needed, Alcyone, John. McAllister's pet, companion, friend and attendant, illustrates the fact that a cat is some good in the world in other ways than as a mouse catcher or a prize winner.
    Alcyone is a beautiful smoke Persian, winner of two prizes in the recent cat show in Grand Central Palace and a highly intelligent animal, but he is more highly prized for his faithfulness and loyalty to his owner, condemned by slowly increasing paralysis to pass the greater part of his time for five years in bed.
    If it were not for Alcyone, as well as for the devotion of Mrs. McAllister, Mr. McAllister might long ago have become desperate."
    Alcyone is also listed, along with her owners and prizes, in the 1913 Cat Fanciers Association Stud Book and Register"
  • grytlappar 6mo

    It looks like Persians were less flat-faced then. Probably could breathe better...
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