The Peabody’s Album Amicorum Presents: Is It a Cat????
So, just what is an album amicorum? It’s basically a friendship book containing illustrations, quotes, and disturbing doodles by one’s friends, such as this one of a jolly fellow with a cat. Or is it a mutant cat head atop the body of a duck? What happened to its front paws? Why has this image seared itself into our brain?
We’ve got 15 of these albums dating from around 1650 to 1750, but this one here (ca. 1650) is the most disturbing.
Yep, Even We Have a Library Cat
We fully admit that those of us who work at the glorious George Peabody Library are a bit strange, especially when it comes to being representative of library folk. Why, you may ask? Because we can’t stand the world’s love affair with library cats! We love French bulldogs and floppy, furry mutts! Biblio-dogs forever!
However, we understand that we are in the minority, and hence present for your viewing pleasure our very own Tom the Creepy Cat. He is holding a sign that exclaims, in his own “cat-language” which oddly resembles English, why he is not a thin feline. It’s weird.
Location: George Peabody Library