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January 9, 2017

Police Stopped New York City Traffic for a Cat and Her Kitten in 1925

In 1925 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.

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

Harry Warnecke, a photographer for the New York News, got a phone tip about a cat trying to carry its kittens home who was tying up traffic because a policeman had stopped the cars on a busy 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.

It was the craziest thing that happened that year!



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