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The Boxing Cats, 1894


More Gilded Age pugilism–except tonight it is boxing cats!

The past is a strange place.

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  • Stag Party Palin

    Am I the only one who was waiting for the cats to turn on their trainer?

    • Probably didn’t happen only because the film was so short.

  • Vance Maverick

    That black background (like Charlie Rose’s, though with a plausible technical explanation) conceals a multitude of sins.

    • Are you saying Charlie Rose’s 19th century production values are there for a reason?

    • I had not seen the boxing women clip before. I’ll have to make a note to include that in a post soon.

      • Thought you might have some bear-baiting footage waiting to go.

        The sins VM refers to probably include wires to the cat harnesses.

        • Bear-baiting, eh? Have to see what I can do.

          • IM

            I thought you already did it with Greenwald.

            • Jameson Quinn

              True, bears love squash.

    • “With the obsolescence of the phonograph and the incandescent light bulb, perhaps Edison’s most long-lived contribution to society may be his invention of the cute cat video. Can’t you just picture him with Dickson and his assistant William Heis smoking cigars and drinking bourbon after a hard day’s work in the lab, when Edison pipes up and says “Gentlemen, we have just invented the kinetiscope . What shall we do with it? Dickson may have answered “How about we film cute cats boxing?” . . .”

      Ha ha ha.

  • Manju

    I haven’t been this disturbed since Strom Thurmond grabbed Sally Quinn’s ass. And Sally liked it. Not to mention her mother. Makes Woody Allen seem normal.

    But I digress. What the hell are you lefties doing to my favorite sport?! Here, take this:


    This is what Boxing is all about.

  • IM

    Why is the past a strange place? We live in the age of LOLcats after all.

    • Snarki, child of Loki

      We live in the age of LOLcats after all

      …and always have, apparently. Next up, new translation yields LOLcat hieroglyphics.

      “Oh hai. Wuz maus in sarcophagus, but I eated it”

      • IM

        There are some paintings from Pompeji that very much looks like a bikini. And proto-graffiti found there, too.

    • The present is also a strange place.

  • Aaron Baker

    Disillusioning. I thought cats were much too smart for boxing.

    • You don’t even want to see what is coming tonight then.

  • This is a nice reminder how much drinking happen in the 19th Century.

  • njorl

    The incredible thing about it was that 2 of the 3 judges had the cat on the right winning by at least six rounds on their score cards.

    • Back in the day, professional cat fights were all mob controlled. The worse part was that often the cats were srewed out of their promised purse.

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