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Mother Cat stops Traffic

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It was a sunny summer afternoon, July 29, 1925. Harry Warnecke, a photographer for the New York News, got a phone tip that a cat trying to carry its kittens home was tying up traffic because a policeman had stopped the cars on a busy street (Centre Street) to allow it to cross. Warnecke arrived after the event was over, but he convinced the policeman and cat’s owner to allow him to recreate the scene. Despite the policeman’s initial reluctance, the cat’s inclination to cross the street diagonally instead of in front of the cars, and furious honking motorists, Warnecke finally got his shot — after three attempts.

When the picture ran, the New York News was besieged with letters and requests for prints. A few days later, the helpful policeman received a letter of commendation from the Police Commissioner.

Written by Alex Selwyn-Holmes

June 1, 2009 at 6:47 am

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  1. excellent – interesting stories behind these photos

    John McGerr

    June 1, 2009 at 6:41 pm

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    October 20, 2009 at 6:03 pm

  3. I believe Harry Warnecke is the same that invented a three color seperating camera (createing pre-press negatives) that allowed the New YOrk Daily News the ability to publish color photo’s in their Sunday edition well ahead of George Eastman’s color photographic film based process.

    A.G. Westerman

    January 2, 2011 at 5:48 am

  4. That was America.Dreamland full of good people.now that cat would be ran over by school bus!


    April 30, 2012 at 2:03 am

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  7. This photo is beautiful and tell us a bit of the history in 1925! Lovely cars ! The photo is used by the animals right in Sweden today and they got it from Animal Equality in the USA. I have posted it on my FB-site today with all your information! Love this photo! Just wanted you to know this! Thank’s from Gothenburg in Sweden.


    October 29, 2015 at 8:55 pm

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  10. How can I buy a hi res print?

    Tommy Lewis

    August 22, 2017 at 2:06 pm

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