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Crazy Cat Ladies – making great pics since 1978

And before, of course.

Came across the pic below, which led back to its source, and that turned out to be a treasure trove of… Long-forgotten pictures capture escape and discovery in the city’s parks.

Scenes Unseen: The Summer of ’78

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New York Park 1978 Crazy Cat Lady And Cats

New York Park 1978 Crazy Cat Lady And Cats
D. Gorton
Tender Vittles, Cats on Parade, Central Park??, #1109, September 1978, D. Gorton

Six months ago, a conservancy official cleaning out an office came across two cardboard boxes that had been sitting around for decades.

Inside were 2,924 color slides, pictures made in parks across New York City’s five boroughs late in the summer of 1978. No one had looked at them for 40 years.

Until now, none of these images have ever been displayed or published. A selection of them are here and in a special print section. More will be on view from May 3 through June 14 at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, 830 Fifth Avenue, near 64th Street.

These images were the work of eight staff photographers whose pictures normally ran in The New York Times, but who were idled for nearly three months in 1978 by a strike at the city’s newspapers.

Not long after the strike began that August, a contingent of the photographers — Neal Boenzi, Joyce Dopkeen, D. Gorton, Eddie Hausner, Paul Hosefros, Bob Klein, Larry Morris, and Gary Settle — met with Gordon J. Davis, the city parks commissioner.

They proposed to wander the city and make pictures of the parks and the people in them.

“I was skeptical,” Mr. Davis said, “but what they came back with made me cry.”

The city was a financial ruin and stuff was busted and it seemed it would be that way forever.

No one is sure, any more, how long the photographers worked or how much they were paid. Probably not long and not much.

Mr. Davis, then less than a year into his job as commissioner, remembered the emotional jolt of reviewing a few sample frames. “Then they all disappeared,” he said.

I couldn’t resist a clip from the source.



Can you imagine the same thing ever happening in a Glasgow park?

Somebody trailering four cats around a park, or even taking them there in such a way.

Be nice if they did though, I’d make the trip just for a look every now and then 🙂

Closest I’ve seen to anything like that in Glasgow was a young woman on a bike fitted with trailer, and carrying a couple of toddlers/babies behind.

I was amazed at the sight as this was near Kelvingrove – not the quietest traffic area to be found in Glasgow, but I was still having the life scared out of me by foolishly listening to ‘cycling activists’ at the time, and their biased nonsense.

Now I know every cycle path and segregated route around Kelvingrove, and now know she wasn’t as crazy as I thought when I first saw her.

However, I’m still not convinced at the wisdom of carrying such a precious cargo behind, completely out of sight, should something go amiss.


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