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January 19, 2015

A Policeman Stops Traffic for a Mother Cat Can Cross an NYC Busy Street With Her Kitten, July 1925

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.

(Photo by Harry Warnecke for the New York News, via Iconic Photos)


  1. Great pictures. .vintage stuff

  2. Patricia GoldswainJanuary 21, 2015 at 1:40 AM

    Oh dear....I never went to the Catacombs.. you can see why!!....I did go to the Navigators Den once or twice...but me...I lived at the Clifton Hotel /Disco....Kings Hotel....Bay Beach...The Liz (ahhh the Liz) and the Cafe Royal....Pig and any pics there in the 60's....we had a wonderful time....a wonderful time....

  3. Looks like an STD clinic.

  4. I assume many of the men were off the boats (likely chinese crew men), making it more of a bordello than a night club?

  5. Pollution - not fog.

  6. what are yo talking about " never before seen" blah blah blah, these are famous, iconic even

  7. Very nice, they all looks like morons, which is always great.




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