Tag Archives: British Pathe

Stray Cat Village off Naples (circa 1950’s)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Unused and unissued newsreel footage shows a “village” of stray cats.

Reality Cats: The cat sanctuary was reportedly run by Mrs. Sidro Fornaro who is seen tending to the cats in this footage.

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats sitting around windowsill

Stray Cat Village Off Naples two cats sitting on bench

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats coming down stairway

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats gathered around food on small tables

Stray Cat Village Off Naples wide shot of cat sanctuary with Mrs. Sidro Fornaro standing

Several of the cats are wearing little bibs as they eat.

Stray Cat Village Off Naples cats wearing bibs while eating

The final clips are of a Siamese cat wearing a bonnet and being set down to sleep in a crib with a bottle!

Stray Cat Village Off Naples Siamese cat with bonnet being tucked into crib

Stray Cat Village Off Naples Siamese cat with knit bonnet lying in crib

Final Mewsings: Cats appreciate being cared for until it goes too far!


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Cat Show – Olympia (1969)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Many cats are showcased at the National Championship Cat Show, Olympia in 1969.

Reality Cats: A newsreel segment from British Pathé shows many lovely cats featured in the show, which drew more entries that year than ever before. First shown is a Seal Point Siamese Champion named Redleaf Benni.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Siamese cat Redleaf Benni

Two Devon Rex cats are then then showcased.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat close up

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - Devon Rex cat

Champion White Persian Coylum Marcus is then seen. The cat was worth 2,000 pounds, winning a place in the Guinness Book of Records as the most expensive, and even had his own security guard.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus being held

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus close up

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - white Persian champion cat Coylum Marcus being put in cage by security guard

Some Persian kittens are then seen being held and petted.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - black and white Persian kittens

Finally a “well-preserved” nineteen year old cat is shown, the oldest cat at the show.

Cat Show Olympia 1969 - 19 year old tabby cat

Final Mewsings: Every cat is a champion in their own way.


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A Pigeon Gets a Medal (1946)

British Pathé

Synopsis: Newsreel footage shows a carrier pigeon named G.I. Joe who receives a medal for delivering a message through artillery bombardment in Italy during World War II.

Reality Cat: At the end of the newsreel segment a tabby cat (identified as the Tower of London’s tabby) sits watching the proceedings as the narrator explains, “For some folk he’s still just a pigeon.”

Pigeon Gets a Medal - Tower of London tabby cat sitting by

Final Mewsings: The cat was thinking just one word . . . “Squab!”


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