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Photos That Prove Cats Have Always Ruled Over Humans

Cats rule the internet but long before there was an internet to rule, cats ruled and continue to rule humans. Don’t believe us? We’ve got photos to prove it.

Originally published in National Geographic magazine in 1938, this series of vintage cat photos were taken by William Culver and were accompanied by an essay by Frederick Eddy, the former president of the Siamese Cat Society of America and the Empire Cat Club of New York. Elaborately staged and aptly captioned, the photos taken in the sitting rooms of America’s cat loving elite, strangely resonate with the experiences of cat owners even today. Our floofy rulers truly never change, long live the cat!


Photographer William Culver writes of getting finicky felines to co-operate, “With a bit of salmon or catnip, sometimes liver, approximate friendship could be developed, though many times short-lived."


“Then, on hands and knees, I could myself trying to coax a prize-winning Persian from her dark retreat with dulcet calls of ‘Kitty, kitty—nice kitty’—my only answer a hissing growl from back under the divan.”


The 1938 National Geographic article captioned this image,“Stately, kindly, lordly friend, condescend here to sit by me.”

PHOTOGRAPH BY WILLARD CULVER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

The 1938 article caption for this photo read: "You can throw me on the table, but just try to put me on the shelf!”

PHOTOGRAPH BY WILLARD CULVER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

A black domestic shorthair named Midnight sits in front of the fireplace in Washington, D.C. Culver notes that the cat “had to be dragged, snarling, from under the sofa for a split-second pose.”

PHOTOGRAPH BY WILLARD CULVER, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE