Black cats on Friday 13th

Who is superstitious about Friday the 13th? Personally I am not, well, I can’t be – I was born on the 13th and lived a good 13 years in house number 13 (which we do think was haunted by a friendly protective ghost!). I decided long ago that 13 is my lucky number.

I’m also a lover of cats. So for this ‘lucky Friday the 13th’ I’ve searched through the museum’s photographic collection for as many black cats I can find.

For all of those who like to push superstitious boundaries, read on… For those of you who refuse to walk under a ladder, it may be best to stay away from our blog… just for today!

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Two crew members with pet dog and cat (1920s). Photographer: Samuel J Hood Studio. ANMM Collection 00023639.

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Cat and crew in the cockpit of yacht UTIEKAH II (1930). Photographer: Harold Nossiter. ANMM Collection Gift from RSL Veterans Retirement Village 00014175.

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Sitting in a garden a young boy holds a cat (1922 – 1941). Photographer: Harold Nossiter. ANMM Collection Gift from RSL Veterans Retirement Village 00014346.

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Little kitten outside a home (1922 – 1941). Photographer: Harold Nossiter. ANMM Collection Gift from RSL Veterans Retirement Village 00014374.

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Four people on a horse-drawn carriage in private yard, site unknown (1890s – 1930s). Photographer: William Frederick Hall. Glass plate negative. ANMM Collection Gift from Bruce Stannard 00002318.

P.S There is definitely a cat in this last picture…

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