January 9, 2017

Police stopped New York City traffic for a cat and her kitten in 1925

This was the No. 1 news story of 1925. (Photo: Harry Warnecke/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

Nearly a century before two subway lines were held up for hours to spare a couple of kittens, a police officer stalled traffic on Centre Street in downtown Manhattan to let a mother cat and her kitten cross the street.

According to the book Great News Photos and the Stories Behind Them, photographer Harry Warnecke missed the original crossing but convinced the cop to reenact it three times — to the consternation of irate motorists — until he got the shot just right. It was the craziest thing that happened that year.

(via NYMag)


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